COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Seven members of the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team were selected to the IWLCA All-South Region teams, as announced by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Friday.
Senior attacker Megan Whittle, junior defender Julia Braig, junior midfielder Jen Giles, junior attacker Caroline Steele and sophomore defender Lizzie Colson were named to the all-region first team. Sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn and junior goaltender Megan Taylor were selected on the all-region second team.
All seven Terps have helped Maryland to a 18-1 record leading into the NCAA Tournament and the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. Five of the seven players were selected to the All-Big Ten team last week.
A decorated scorer, Whittle leads the Terps in goals (74) and points (86), while ranking sixth in the country in goals. This week alone, Whittle has been named one of the five Tewaaraton finalists, the Big Ten Attacker of the Year and the Big Ten Tournament MVP. Holding the record for the most-goals in program history, Whittle is only one goal away from tying Gail Cummings for second all-time in NCAA history with 289 goals. Whittle has been named to the IWLCA All-Region team in all four years of her career.
Braig leads Maryland’s defense, which ranks first in the Big Ten with just 9.68 goals allowed per game. The Reisterstown, Md., native has 24 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers this season. Braig really makes her mark in defending the opponent’s top scorer, helping Maryland hold Big Ten opponents in the regular season to under 10 goals in every game but one. This is the second year in a row that Braig has earned IWLCA All-Region honors.
Making an impact all over the field, Giles, leads the team in assists (25), groundballs (35) and is third on the team in points (67) and goals (42). On the season. In the Big Ten Regular Season Championship game against #7 Northwestern, Giles stepped up, leading the team with six points, while recording a career-best four goals to pace the potent Maryland offense. This is the second-straight year Giles has earned IWLCA All-Region honors.
Few have made more of an offensive impact than Steele for the Terps this season, who stands second in points (72), goals (53) and assists (19). The All-Big Ten selection had a career-night in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals against Johns Hopkins, tying her career-high with seven points by way of five first half goals and two assists. Steele stands second in the conference in points and free position percentage (57.1%).
Colson has been a mainstay on the defensive end all season, leading Maryland in caused turnovers (22) and groundballs (35), while also helping pace Maryland’s second-nationally ranked draw control efforts, with 74. The All-Big Ten selection has had numerous big efforts this season, including both games against Johns Hopkins, where the sophomore has totaled 13 draw controls and four caused turnovers.
Hartshorn has led Maryland’s draw control efforts this season, standing second in the Big Ten and 12th nationally with 6.53 draw controls per game. Currently with 124, the sophomore only stands 20 behind the school record for most draw controls in a season. In the Big Ten Tourament Championship against Penn State, Hartshorn nabbed an incredible 16 draw controls to provide constant possession for Maryland. The New Jersey native has also tallied 31 goals and five asissts this season, good for fifth on the team with 36 points. Hartshorn has now earned IWLCA All-Region honors in both years of her Terrapin career.
One of the top goalies in the country, Taylor backlines a defense that has held Big Ten opponents to under 10 goals in every game but one in the regular season. Taylor has recorded 151 saves this season and has posted over 10 saves six times. In conference play, Taylor had a 7.87 goals-against average, the best in the conference. The Big Ten Goaltender of the Year, Taylor has now earned IWLCA All-Region honors in all three years of her Maryland career.
The IWLCA named 128 student-athletes in Division I with a selection to one of the All-Region teams for 2016. These student-athletes are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced during the Divisional All-American Announcement Shows, which will be launched online in mid-June.
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