#2 Terps Face #8 Syracuse Sunday

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#5/2 Maryland (4-1)
Maryland vs Maryland
#8 Syracuse (4-1)
March 11, 2018 || Carrier Dome || Syracuse, NY || 1:00 p.m.

For starters

• The No. 5/2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team will head north to Syracuse, NY for its third top-ten battle on the road in this young season as the Terps take on the eighth-ranked Orange at the Carrier Dome. The game can be watched via ACC Network Extra. 

• Maryland heads into this weekend’s contest with a 4-1 record and No. 5/2 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. During the Terps brief two game home stand, Maryland defeated UMBC 21-12 and Hofstra 17-10. 

• Senior attacker Megan Whittle (23 goals, four assists) leads the team with 27 points, while junior midfielder Jen Giles (15 goals, seven assists) stands right behind her with 22. Whittle leads the Big Ten in many offensive categories, including goals (23), goals per game (4.60), points per game (5.40) and leads the country in free position goals per game with 3.20, after scoring a career-best six against UMBC. Giles is fourth in the conference in assists (seven), eighth in goals (15) and ranks right behind Whittle in the conference with 1.60 free position goals per game.

last time out

• Sophomore attacker Brindi Griffin recorded a career-high four points as Maryland (4-1) defeated Hofstra (2-2) 17-10 on Saturday afternoon.

• Senior attacker Megan Whittle led the way with seven points on five goals and two assists, while Griffin tallied a first half hat-trick and added an assist on a junior attacker Caroline Steele goal. Junior midfielder Jen Gilesnotched her fourth hat-trick of the year as well. The Whittle, Griffin, Giles trio accounted for 11 of Maryland’s 17 goals.

• Junior goalie Megan Taylor had a strong game in the cage, tallying a season-best 13 saves on 23 shots, a .565 percentage. On the draw, the duo of junior midfielder Meghan Siverson (eight) and sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn (seven) tallied 15 of Maryland’s 19 draw controls to control possession. The Terps held a 19-10 advantage on draw controls. 


• The Terps and Orange boast two of the nation’s best offenses, with Syracuse leading the nation with 18.75 goals per game and Maryland right behind them in fourth with 17.40 goal per game.

• The two top-ten programs are also both top five nationally in free position percentage and top ten nationally in points per game and shots on goal per game.

scouting the ORANGE

• Syracuse comes into Saturday's contest with a 4-1 record, after defeating #4/3 Florida 17-15 on Wednesday night. 

• Emily Hawryschuk and Nicole Levy lead the way for the Orange offensively with 15 and 12 goals apiece. Syracuse offers a balanced offensive attack, with seven players over 10 points.  

terps-Orange history

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Syracuse, 21-1 and have won nine straight. 

• The two programs met last season in College Park, with Maryland defeating the Orange, 17-7. Megan Whittle tallied an at the time career-best with seven goals and eight points, while Megan Taylor set a career high with 18 saves while also picking up three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

• The season prior, Maryland defeated Syracuse in the national semifinal, 19-9.

WHITTLE climbing up the all-time goal ranks

• In just five games this season, Megan Whittle has jumped from six to two in the Maryland women's lacrosse all-time goal ranks, tallying 23 goals. 

• The senior attacker now has 237 goals in her career, passing Maryland greats Taylor Cummings and Karri Ellen Johnson in the past two games. Whittle is just 30 goals behind Jen Adams (1998-01) for the all-time lead at 267.

Where the terps rank 

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

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Free Position Percentage 1st 1st 66.7%
Draw Controls Per Game 1st 1st 18.00
Shots on Goal Per Game 2nd 1st 28.60
Goals Per Game 4th 1st 17.40
Points Per Game 4th 1st 17.40

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

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Free Position Goals Per Game 1st 1st 3.20
Goals Per Game 2nd 1st 4.60
Shots on Goal Per Game 4th 1st 7.20
Goals 6th 1st 23

• Jen Giles ranks top-ten nationally and leads the Big Ten in free position percentage:

Stat NCAA  Rank B1G Rank Value
Free Position Percentage 7th 1st 88.9%


• As a team, Maryland is first in the nation and the Big Ten in draw controls per game, with 18.00. 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). The following game against Hofstra, Hartshorn and Siverson combined for 15 draw controls.

• Maryland has 90 draw controls as a team through five games, with Siverson and Hartshorn combining for 53 of those (58.9%).


• 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 Rack Up B1G Honors

• Maryland has had a player win a Big Ten weekly honor in three of the first four weeks of the season. 

• Sophomore midfielder Lizzie Colson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following the win over William & Mary and the week of wins against UMBC and Hofstra.

• Colson was a big part of Maryland's defense that didn't allow a goal to William & Mary until the 12:40 mark of the opening half, tying for the team lead in both caused turnovers (2) and groundballs (2). She also ranked second on the team with three draw control wins. Colson then tied for the team-lead with four groundballs in the two wins over UMBC and Hofstra, while also notching seven draw controls and one caused turnover. On the season, the sophomore leads the Terps with 12 groundballs and six caused turnovers.

• Senior attacker Megan Whittle was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week twice in this young season. 

• Against #5/3 Florida (2/17), Whittle scored three straight goals in a 1:29 span to put the game out of reach. She was 3-for-4 on 8-meter shots and also led the Terps with five draw controls. In a pair of home wins over UMBC and Hofstra, Whittle totaled a team-best 14 points (12 goals, two assists) on just 20 shots on goal, including a nine-for-10 mark on free position shots. 

• Whittle has now racked up 10 Big Ten Weekly honors of her career. 


• 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.

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).