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#2 Terps Host Hofstra Saturday

Maryland Athletics
3-2-2018
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#4/2 Maryland (3-1)
Maryland vs Maryland
Hofstra (2-1)
March 3, 2018 || Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex || College Park, Md. || 12:00 p.m.

For starters

• The No. 4/2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team will play its second home game of the week, as the Terps welcome Hofstra to College Park on Saturday March 3 at 12:00 p.m. The game can be watched via BTN Plus ($)

• Maryland heads into this weekend’s contest with a 3-1 record and No. 4/2 ranking after defeating William & Mary, 18-7 and No. 5/3 Florida 16-14 before narrowly falling to No. 8/7 North Carolina in overtime, 16-15. On Wednesday, the Terps defeated UMBC, 21-12 behind seven goals from Megan Whittle and 13 draw controls from Meghan Siverson.

• Senior attacker Megan Whittle (18 goals, two assists) leads the team with 20 points, while junior midfielder Jen Giles (12 goals, seven assists) stands right behind her with 19. Whittle leads the Big Ten in many offensive categories, including goals (18), goals per game (4.50), points per game (5.00) and leads the country in free position goals per game with 3.25, after scoring a career-best six against UMBC. Giles is second in the conference in assists (seven) and ranks right behind Whittle in the conference with 1.50 free position goals per game.

• Maryland is on a 66-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.

PARKING ALERT: Lot 11B will be closed for Saturday's contest due to a DOTS Bus Rodeo being held in the lot. Fans are advised to park in lots XX1, RR2 and 9b across the street. 

last time out

• Senior Megan Whittle tied a career-high with seven goals, while three freshmen tallied their first-career goal as the No. 4/2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team defeated in-state foe UMBC 21-12 on Wednesday night.

• The 21 Maryland goals in the contest came from 11 different players. Whittle led the way with seven while sophomore midfielder Nikki Sliwak posted a career-best three goals.

• There was a trio of firsts, as freshmen Kylie Davis, Maggie Root and Tori Barretta all tallied the first goals of their Terrapin career in the second half.

• Junior midfielder Meghan Siverson paced the Maryland offense with a career-best 13 draw controls. Siverson’s 13 are a season-best for the Terps, eclipsing Kali Hartshorn’s 12 last weekend.

scouting the PRIDE

• Hofstra comes into Saturday's contest with a 2-1 record, after narrowly falling to Fairfield last weekend in overtime, 12-13. 

• Sophomore's Alyssa Parrella and Alexa Mattera lead the way for the Pride, combining to lead the team in every offensive category. 

terps-PRIDE history

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Hofstra, 6-0.

• The two programs met last season up in New York, with Maryland defeating the Pride, 18-7. Zoe Stukenberg scored on all five of her shots she took, while current Terps Megan Whittle and Taylor Hensh each had hat tricks.

• Junior goalie Megan Taylor had a stellar outing in cage, making 10 saves while allowing six goals for a .625 save percentage.

WHITTLE PASSES TAYLOR CUMMINGS IN ALL-TIME GOALS 

• While tying a career-best with seven goals against UMBC on Wednesday night, Megan Whittle passed three-time Tewaaraton winner Taylor Cummings (2013-16) in all-time goals at Maryland.

• The senior attacker now has 232 goals in her career, eclipsing Cummings’ 229. With five more goals, Whittle will move into second place in Maryland lore, passing Karri Ellen Johnson’s (2008-12) 236. Jen Adams (1998-01) is the all-time Terrapin leader with 267.

Where the terps rank 

• As a team, Maryland ranks in the top-ten in the nation and leads the Big Ten in six major categories:

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Free Position Percentage 1st 1st 75.6%
Draw Controls Per Game 2nd 1st 17.75
Goals Per Game 4th 1st 17.50
Shots on Goal Per Game 5th 1st 27.50
Turnovers Per Game T-6th 1st 13.00
Shot Percentage 9th 1st 51.5%

• Individually, Megan Whittle ranks top-ten nationally in free position goals per game, goals and goals per game:

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Free Position Goals Per Game 1st 1st 3.25
Goals Per Game 6th 1st 4.50
Goals 8th 1st 18

CONTROLLING THE DRAW

• As a team, Maryland is second in the nation and first in the Big Ten in draw controls per game, with 17.75. The duo of Kali Hartshorn and Meghan Siverson have been key to giving Maryland possession.

• Against UNC (2/24), Hartshorn posted a career-best 12 draw controls. Siverson followed that up with a career-high of her own, 13 draw controls against UMBC (2/28).

TEWAARATON TERPS 

• The Terps had five players named to the initial Tewaaraton Watch List, as announced by the Tewaaraton Foundation Thursday evening. 

 Megan Whittle and a quartet of juniors: Julia Braig, Jen Giles, Caroline Steele and Megan Taylor were all selected for the watch list.

• Whittle has now been selected for the Tewaaraton Watch List in three straight seasons. It’s the second appearance for Taylor, while Braig, Giles and Steele are all on the list for the first time.  

• Maryland has won won six straight Tewaaraton Awards and seven of the last eight

terps selected as big ten favorites

• The reigning NCAA Champion Maryland women's lacrosse team was unanimously selected to win the Big Ten Championship in the preseason coaches' poll.

• The Terps have won the last three Big Ten regular season titles and are undefeated in conference play during the regular season since joining the conference in 2014. Maryland has also won the previous two Big Ten Tournament titles.

• Senior attacker Megan Whittle, junior goalie Megan Taylor and junior midfielder Jen Giles were named Maryland's Big Ten Players to Watch.

NINE terps named il preseason all-americans

• Nine members of the top-ranked Maryland women’s lacrosse team were selected to Inside Lacrosse’s preseason All-American list.

• Junior defender Julia Braig and junior goalie Megan Taylor earned spots on the first team while senior attacker Megan Whittle was selected to the second team.

• Junior midfielder Jen Giles and sophomore Meghan Doherty were named to the third team and sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn, junior attacker Caroline Steele, junior midfielder Meghan Siverson and senior defender Kathy Rudkin are honorable mention selections.

• The Terrapins feature the most players of any program on the All-American squads.

maryland welcomes 11 newcomers for 2018

• The Terps welcome 11 newcomers to the roster for the 2018 season. The Terps feature ILWomen's No. 3 freshman class, in addition to two transfers. 

• The 2018 freshman classes includes attackers Tori Barretta, Catie May and Maggie Root; midfielders Kylie Davis, Grace Griffin, Courtney Renehan and Brooke Robbins; defender Laurie Bracey; and goalie Madison Hine.

• The Terps feature seven players listed in Inside Lacrosse's Power 100 Freshman Rankings: No. 6 May, No. 16 Griffin, No. 23 Davis, No. 32 Bracey, No. 39 Renehan, Robbins (watch list) and Root (watch list). May, Griffin, Bracey, Renehan and Robbins were all 2017 Under Armour All-Americans.

• The Terrapins also welcome two transfers to the team: senior defender Kathy Rudkin (Syracuse) and junior midfielder Meghan Siverson (Louisville).

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