PRINCETON, N.J. – Senior attacker Taylor Hensh scored on a free position shot with 46 seconds left to give the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team (13-1) a come from behind 11-10 win over No. 19 Princeton (6-5) on Tuesday evening.
Senior attacker Megan Whittle tied the school record for career-goals with three scores in the Terrapins gritty win. Whittle now has 267 career goals, standing tied with Maryland great Jen Adams (1998-01). The monumental goal from Whittle started the Terrapins comeback push, cutting the lead to 8-5 Princeton with 16:57 remaining and was the start of a game ending 7-2 run for the Terps to seal the deal.
“I'm proud of our team and how we fought back tonight,” said head coach Cathy Reese. “We faced a really tough Princeton team and were able to find a way to win. We dug ourselves into a hole early but we really stepped up defensively and pulled together as a team to come away with a win on the road.”
Maryland was down 7-4 at halftime and after no goals were scored for the first eight and a half minutes of the second half, the Tigers scored the first at 21:15 to make it an 8-4 ballgame.
Whittle started the Terps second half jolt with her third of the game and record-tying goal with 16:57 to go in the game. Then, junior attacker Caroline Steele scored two straight, one assisted and one on free position to quickly make it a one-score game with 12:26 to go.
Princeton would respond quickly to Steele’s second goal to retake a two-goal advantage, at 9-7. Freshman midfielder Grace Griffin posted two goals about two minutes apart, one off a Steele assist to give the junior her fourth point and the other off a rebound on a Steele shot to tie the game, bringing Maryland all the way back.
Both teams made stops on defense down the stretch with both goalkeepers notching saves. Hensh, the hero down the stretch, tallied her first free position goal after drawing a foul with 3:44 to go to give Maryland a 10-9 lead, its first since 1-0. Princeton would tie the game at 10 with 1:32 remaining.
After the Tigers knotted the game at 10, sophomore defender Lizzie Colson grabbed a crucial draw control to give Maryland possession. Hensh put home the game winner on free position with 46 seconds left, completing a 7-3 second half in favor of Maryland. The win was secured when sophomore midfielder Kali Hartshorn won the ensuing draw control, leading the Terps to run out the clock.
Whittle and Steele led the way offensively with four points (three goals, two assists), while G. Griffin and Hensh had crucial goals down the stretch, combining for the last four Maryland goals.
Junior goalie Megan Taylor notched her second-highest save total of the season with 12, including two in the last ten minutes.
Hartshorn, playing close to her New Jersey hometown, led the Terps with nine draw controls, while junior attacker Jen Giles also posted a first half goal.
Maryland will travel to Columbus, Ohio for its last regular season road game of the 2018 season on Sunday to take on Ohio State. The game can be seen on the Big Ten Network at noon.