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#2 Maryland Hits Road to Face Ohio State Sunday

Maryland Athletics
4-13-2018
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#2 Maryland (13-1)
Maryland at Maryland
Ohio State (5-8)
April 15, 2018 || Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium || Columbus, Ohio || 12:00 p.m.

For starters

• The No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team (13-1, 3-0 B1G) will play its final regular season road game of the season as the Terps travel to Ohio State (5-8, 1-3 B1G). The Big Ten contest will take place on Sunday, April 15 at noon and will air live on the Big Ten Network with Dean Linke and Sheehan Burch on the call. 

• Maryland heads into this weekend’s contest with a 13-1 record and No. 2 ranking. On Tuesday, the Terps came from behind to defeat #19 Princeton, 11-10, with a Taylor Hensh goal with :46 seconds remaining the game winner. Maryland has won 11 games in a row and holds a 3-0 record in Big Ten play.

• Megan Whittle (53 goals, 12 assists) leads the team with 65 points, while Jen Giles (33 goals, 16 assists) stands in second with 49. Whittle leads the Big Ten in many offensive categories, including goals per game (3.79), points per game (4.64) and free position percentage (68.4%) and is third in the country in free position goals per game with 1.86, after scoring a career-best six against UMBC. Giles is second in the conference in points, with 49 and sixth in assists per game with 1.14. Giles also ranks fifth in free position percentage (54.5%).

• Playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules, Maryland has gone 8-1 against ranked teams and 5-1 against teams in the top-ten, only falling narrowly in overtime at #8 North Carolina. The Terps still have two ranked contests remaining, against Penn State and Northwestern. 

last time out

• Taylor Hensh scored on a free position shot with 46 seconds left to give No. 2 Maryland a come from behind 11-10 win over No. 19 Princeton on Tuesday evening.

• 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.

• Grace Griffin and Taylor Hensh were key down the stretch, combining for Maryland’s last four goals.

scouting the BUCKEYES

• Ohio State stands at 5-8 (1-3 B1G) this season, falling to Bucknell, 10-8 on Wednesday night.

• Baley Parrott and Sara Dickenson lead the way for the Buckeyes offensively, tallying 38 points apiece. 

terps-BUCKEYES history

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 11-2.

• The two programs met last season in College Park, with the then-No. 1 Terrapins defeating Ohio State, 18-8 on Senior Day. Megan Whittle had five points (four goals, one assist), while Kali Hartshorn also scored four goals and Jen Giles finished with one goal and three assists.

WHITTLE NEEDS ONE MORE GOAL TO BECOME ALL-TIME LEADER

• In Tuesday’s win against Princeton, Megan Whittle tied Maryland great Jen Adams for most career-goals in program history with 267.

• Whittle has 53 goals through 14 games this season, tying Adams for the lead with a second-half tally against Princeton that started Maryland’s four-goal comeback.

• With one more goal, Whittle will hold the all-time lead for most goals in program history.

CONTROLLING THE DRAW

• As a team, Maryland stands third in the the nation and leads the Big Ten in draw controls per game, with 17.00, with Kali Hartshorn, Meghan Siverson and Lizzie Colson leading the charge.

• Against UNC (2/24), Hartshorn posted a career-best 12 draw controls. Siverson then had a career-high of her own, 13 draw controls against UMBC (2/28). Against Michigan (3/31), Colson stepped up and recorded a career-best seven draw controls, as Maryland won the battle 17-10.

• Maryland has 232 as a team through 14 games, with Siverson, Hartshorn and Colson combining for 173 of those (74.6%).

MAGNIFICENT MEGAN

• In the second half of the season, Megan Taylor has been a force in the cage. The junior has 65 saves, with only 56 goals allowed, a .537 save percentage and only 7.54 goals allowed per game over the last eight games. 

• In a 13-7 win over No. 8 Penn, Taylor tied her season-high with 13 saves and recorded her highest save percentage of the season at .650 in the win at Penn.

• Last week against Virginia and Rutgers, Taylor only allowed 10 goals while recording 15 saves, a .600 percentage. Taylor was essential on a Maryland defense that held the #6 team in the country to just eight goals. Against Rutgers, Taylor came in 19 minutes in and only allowed two goals in 41 minutes, while recording seven saves.

• The junior had her second best mark of the season with 12 saves against No. 19 Princeton, including only allowing two goals over the last 20 minutes down the stretch.

• Taylor has been key on a Maryland defense that has only allowed its opponent to reach double-digit goals once over the last seven games.

rack up the honors

• This season, Maryland has received a lot of recognition, both on the conference and national level.

• The Terps have won nine 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 three times, Megan Taylor winning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week twice and Grace Griffin earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week recognition once.

• On the national level, five Terps were named to the initial Tewaaraton Watch List on March 1st. Senior attacker Megan Whittle and a quartet of juniors: defender Julia Braig, midfielder Jen Giles, attacker Caroline Steele and goalie Megan Taylor were all selected for the watch list.

• Lastly, this past week Megan Whittle was named the IWLCA National Player of the Week after finishing last week with 10 points, seven goals and three assists, notching four goals against No. 8 Penn and three against No. 4 JMU. 

Where the terps rank 

• As a team, Maryland ranks top-ten in the nation and first in the Big Ten in six major categories, including leading the nation in shots per game:

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Shots Per Game 3rd 1st 36.13
Draw Controls Per Game 3rd 1st 16.57
Scoring Margin 8th 1st 6.36
Free Position Percentage 4th 1st 53.1%

• Individually, Megan Whittle leads the Big Ten and ranks top ten nationally in four categories: 

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Free Position Goals Per Game 3rd 1st 1.86
Goals 3rd 1st 53
Points 9th 1st 65
Shots Per Game 9th 1st 7.71

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