• The No. 1 seeded Maryland women’s lacrosse team will open up its NCAA Tournament run against Denver The Terps are the number one seed for the sixth year in a row and will begin the NCAA Tournament at home, in College Park. Matt Monaco and Sheehan Burch will have the call for the Big Ten Network, the game will air on a tape delay at 6:00 p.m.
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• The Terps won their third consecutive Big Ten Tournament last weekend, defeating Johns Hopkins, 16-11, and Penn State in the championship game, 21-12 and are currently riding a 16-game win streak.
• Megan Whittle (74 goals, 12 assists) leads the team with 86 points, while Caroline Steele (53 goals, 19 assists) stands in second with 72. Whittle leads the Big Ten in many offensive categories, including goals (74), after scoring a career-best eight in the Big Ten Championship against Penn State, and points (86) and is third in the country in free position goals per game with 1.68, after scoring a career-best six against UMBC. Steele ranks second in the conference in points (72), third in free position percentage (57.1%), fourth in goals (53) and fifth in assists (19).
• Maryland leads the nation with 34 NCAA appearances and are also tops in wins (69), championship game appearances (21) and NCAA titles (13). The Terps are making their 29th consecutive appearance in the postseason (1990-2018).
• Maryland is on a 74-game win streak at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex and hasn’t lost in College Park since March 10, 2012. The Terps led the nation in attendance in 2017.
last time out
• Behind a career-high eight goals by Megan Whittle and a career-high 15 draw controls by Kali Hartshorn, the No. 1 seeded Maryland women’s lacrosse team defeated No. 3 seed Penn State to win their third straight Big Ten Tournament Championship, 21-12.
• Following her eight-goal effort, Whittle was named the Big Ten Tournament MVP, adding to the already plentiful list of accolades for the senior.
scouting the PIONEERS
• Denver stands at 13-6 this season, defeating High Point, 19-10, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night.
• Quintin Hoch-Bullen, Julia Feiss and Kendra Lanuza lead the way for Denver offensively with 57, 55 and 51 points apiece.
• Maryland leads the all-time series with Denver, 2-0
• The two programs only met during the 2004 and 2005 seasons when Cathy Reese was the head coach of Denver. Maryland won both those contests, 15-3 and 19-4.
• Cathy Reese began her head coaching career with Denver, coaching in the Mile High City for three seasons (2004-06).
WHITTLE BECOMES ALL-TIME GOALS LEADER
• A few weeks back, Megan Whittle both tied and passed Maryland great Jen Adams for the all-time goal lead at Maryland.
• Whittle tied Adams with a second half goal against Princeton, which kickstarted a game-ending 7-2 run to cap off a Terrapin comeback. Against Ohio State, Whittle broke the record on free position in the first half, going on to score three more goals. In the Big Ten Tournament Championship against Penn State, Whittle scored a career-best eight goals, for a current total of 288.
• Whittle is currently third all-time in NCAA history in goals and stands one goal behind Gail Cummings (Temple, 1985-88) for second all-time.
CONTROLLING THE DRAW
• Hartshorn recorded a career-best with an incredible 16 draw controls in the Big Ten Tournament Championship against Penn State. Siverson then had a career-high of her own, 13 draw controls against UMBC (2/28). In Maryland’s Big Ten Tournament game against Hopkins (5/4), Colson recorded a career-best eight draw controls.
• Maryland has 327 as a team through 19 games, with Siverson, Hartshorn and Colson combining for 258 of those (78.9%).
• Kali Hartshorn has been dominant in the circle, tallying 124 draw controls this season, pacing a Maryland offense that ranks second in the country in draw controls and has outdrawn their opponents in every game but one this season.
• After tallying a career-best 16 draw controls in the Big Ten Tournament Championship against Penn State, Hartshorn now stands fifth all-time for draw controls in a single season and stands only 20 behind the record (144).
rack up the honors
• This season, Maryland has received a lot of recognition, both on the conference and national level.
• Maryland won five of the six Big Ten Individual honors, with Megan Whittle winning Big Ten Attacker of the Year, Julia Braig earning Big Ten Defender of the Year Honors, Megan Taylor being named the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year, Grace Griffin winning Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Cathy Reese earning Big Ten Coach of the Year accolades.
• A conference best six Terps were named to the All-Big Ten Team last week. Julia Braig, Jen Giles, Caroline Steele and Megan Whittle were all unanimous selections, while Lizzie Colson and Grace Griffin also made the team.
• The Terps also won 14 weekly Big Ten honors this season, with Lizzie Colson winning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week four times, Megan Whittle winning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week four times, Megan Taylor winning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week three times, Grace Griffin earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week recognition twice and Jen Giles being named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week most recently.
• On the national level, Megan Whittle was named one of the five finalists for the prestigious Tewaaraton Award on Thursday.
• Megan Whittle, Julia Braig, Jen Giles, Caroline Steele and Lizzie Colson were named to the IWLCA All-South Region First Team. r Kali Hartshorn and Megan Taylor were selected on the All-Region Second Team.
• Lastly, Megan Whittle has garnered two national honors this season, being named the IWLCA National Player of the Week on 3/28 and the Brine/US Lacrosse National Player of the Week for her efforts this past week.