COLLEGE PARK – The No. 1 seeded Maryland women’s lacrosse team (20-1) used a game-ending 6-1 run to come from behind and defeat Navy (18-4), 17-15, in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Maryland advances to their 10th straight NCAA Final Four and 26th in program history. The Terrapin senior class wrapped up a 47-0 home record today, playing their final game in College Park.
“Huge congratulations to Navy on a great season and a hard-fought game,” said head coach Cathy Reese. “I’m proud of our girls on how we rebounded today. It was kind of a game of runs, we had
Trailing 14-11 with 15 minutes to go in the contest, Maryland would rattle off six straight goals. Senior attacker Taylor Hensh, who finished the day with a hat-trick, got the rally started with a free position tally. About two minutes later, junior midfielder Jen Giles scored through traffic to cut the deficit to one, 14-13. Then, senior attacker Megan Whittle, who had been held scoreless for the first 50 minutes, scored three straight goals, two on
During Maryland’s second-half surge, junior goaltender Megan Taylor was sensational, coming up with three huge
On the game, Taylor finished with 13 saves, which ties a season-high. With her third save of the game, Taylor recorded save number 500, becoming only the fifth goaltender in Maryland history with 500 saves.
Giles led the way much of the day offensively for Maryland, leading the Terps with seven points on a career-best four goals and three assists. The junior gave Maryland two crucial scores in the second
Sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn also scored three goals for Maryland, while leading the way with 10 draw controls to guide a 21-13 Maryland draw control advantage. Hartshorn now has 135 draw controls on the season, the third-most
Sophomore defender Lizzie Colson also had eight draw controls as the sophomore duo combined for 18 of the Terps 21 draws.
Defensively, junior defender Julia Braig caused a career-best three turnovers while sophomore defender Meghan Doherty caused two. The pair helped cause two scoreless stretches for the Midshipmen, in which Maryland went on an 8-1 run in the first half and 6-1 run in the second half.
The top-seeded Terps will face No. 4 seed Boston College in the NCAA Semifinal game at Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium in Stony Brook, NY in the NCAA Semifinals on Friday evening.