#1 Maryland Travels to #5 Florida for Early Season Test

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#1/1 Maryland
Maryland vs. William & Mary
#5/3 Florida
February 17, 2018 || Donald R. Dizney Stadium || 12:00 PM

For starters

• The No. 1/1 Maryland women's lacrosse team (1-0) travels to No. 5/3 Florida (1-0) for a Top-5 matchup Saturday at noon. 

• The Terps went 8-0 in road games last season, including three victories over ranked foes. 

• Maryland defeated Florida at home last season, 18-8, on March 29. Both squads were ranked in the Top 5 for that match-up as well. 

• Maryland has not lost a true road game since April 5, 2014 at North Carolina.

• Saturday's game will be a reunion of sorts as former Terps standout Nadine Hadnagy will be on the sideline as an assistant coach for Florida. Hadnagy was named the National Defender of the Year for the Terps in 2017.

last time out

• Four Terps scored multiple goals as Maryland topped William & Mary, 18-7, last Sunday in its 2018 season opener.

• Senior attacker Megan Whittle and junior attacker Caroline Steele scored four goals each. Junior midfielder Jen Giles posted a hat trick in the first half, while Meghan Siverson tallied goals in each half

• Maryland raced out to an 11-0 lead and did not relinquish a goal until the 12:40 mark of the first half.

scouting the gators

• The Gators are coming off a season-opening 16-9 win over No. 17 Colorado on Sunday. Lindsey Ronbeck tallied a team-high five points on three goals and two assists in the win. 

• Florida boasts six ILWomen Preseason All-Americans on their roster: Aniya Flanagan, Haley Hicklen, Shayna Pirreca, Sydney Pirreca, Lindsey Ronbeck and Cara Trombetta. 

• The Gators are 78-12 (.867) all-time in games played at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

terps-gators history

• Maryland is 3-0 all-time vs. Florida.

• The Terps won their only meeting with the Gators in Gainesville. On March 19, 2016, No. 1 Maryland topped No. 2 Florida, 14-4. 

• Last season, goalie Megan Taylor made a career-high 20 saves to help the Terps defeat the Gators, 18-8, in College Park. 

colson garners big ten weekly honor

• Sophomore midfielder Lizzie Colson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.

• 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. 

• The midfielder tied for the team lead in both caused turnovers (2) and groundballs (2). She also ranked second on the team with three draw control wins.

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).

team captains NAMED

• The Terps selected seniors Taylor Hensh and Megan Whittle and juniors Julia Braig and Jen Giles as team captains for the 2018 season. The captains were voted on by the team.

• In their three years in College Park, Hensh and Whittle have helped Maryland to a 63-2 overall record, including a 36-0 record. The duo have won two NCAA Championships, three Big Ten regular season titles and two Big Ten Tournament titles. Both attackers on Maryland's highly potent offense, Hensh and Whittle have combined for 285 career goals and 323 career points. Whittle is a three-time All-American, including second team honors last year.

• Braig and Giles were both starters on last season's national championship team. Braig led the team with 27 caused turnovers as a defensive leader while Giles was second on the team with 32 assists. The sophomores were both named Inside Lacrosse Media Honorable Mention All-Americans.

2017 season review

• The Terps went 23-0 last season, beating Boston College, 16-13, to win the program's 14th national championship.

• Maryland completed an undefeated season for the fifth time in program history and the first time since 2001. Maryland has won three NCAA Championships in the last four years.

• Midfielder Zoe Stukenberg was named the recipient of the prestigious Tewaaraton Award, won the Honda Award and was a CoSIDA Academic All-American.

• Stukenberg, Nadine Hadnagy and Megan Taylor earned IWLCA's top positional honor. Stukenberg was named National Midfielder of the Year, Hadnagy was tabbed as National Defender of the Year and Taylor earned National Goalie of the Year honors.