COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior attacker Megan Whittle notched her 268th career goal with 24:16 remaining in the first half to become Maryland’s all-time goal leader, as the Terps (14-1, 4-0 B1G) routed Ohio State (5-9, 1-4 B1G), 20-5 on Sunday afternoon.
“First off, incredibly happy for Megan Whittle on becoming our program’s all-time goals leader,” said head coach Cathy Reese. “I’m proud to have been a part of her journey and been able to watch her grow from the beginning. Overall, nice win by our team today in battling some tough weather conditions and producing a solid 60 minutes of lacrosse. I think we saw a lot of great plays on both sides of the field today from many contributors.”
With her first goal of the day, on free position, Whittle passed Terrapin-great Jen Adams to earn sole possession of the career-goals lead at Maryland. Whittle would later add goals 269 and 270 to tally a hat-trick in the game. The record breaker came on goal number 54 of the season for the senior.
“When I committed to Maryland, I always dreamed of this moment,” said Megan Whittle. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and my coaching staff. I’m just so excited about this.”
As a whole, Maryland had a season-best five players notch hat-tricks to lead the offensive charge. Junior attacker Caroline Steele led the way, tying a career-high with seven points that she set earlier this season in a win over then-No. 8 Syracuse. Steele had five goals and two assists. Sophomore midfielder and junior attacker Jen Giles each had four points, with Hartshorn notching four goals and Giles picking up three goals with an assist. Whittle and junior midfielder Meghan Siverson each posted three goals.
Hartshorn tallied a career-best 12 draw controls to pace the Maryland offense, surpassing her previous high of 11 set earlier this season at North Carolina. Maryland doubled up Ohio State on draw controls, winning the battle 18-9. Sophomore defender Lizzie Colson chipped in with five while Siverson had one.
Maryland scored the first three goals of the game, with Whittle’s monumental goal and tallies by Giles and Steele to go up 3-0 six minutes in.
After Ohio State scored the next two, the Terps rattled off seven straight to take a commanding 10-2 lead. Steele, Siverson and Hartshorn played a big role in the 7-0 run to wind down the first half, tallying two goals apiece while Steele also added her first assist. At halftime, Maryland led 11-4.
The Terps outscored Ohio State 9-1 in the second half, holding the Buckeyes scoreless for the last 28 minutes of the game. The scoring was done by Steele (two), Hartshorn (two), Whittle (two), Hensh (one), Siverson (one) and freshman midfielder Kylie Davis with her second-career goal to give Maryland their 20th of the day with 4:29 remaining. Freshman attacker Catie May recorded the assist.
The 20 goals tie the most Maryland has ever scored in a Big Ten game after doing it twice last season against Michigan and Rutgers.
Junior goalie Megan Taylor recorded six saves, with only five goals allowed, a .545 percentage. Taylor has been key on a Maryland defense that has held their opponents to 10 goals or less in eight of the last nine games, all wins.
Maryland will now finish up the season at home, beginning with a Thursday night contest against #17 Penn State. The game, set for April 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex will air live on the Big Ten Network.