#1 Maryland Heads to #8/7 UNC for Saturday Clash

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#1/1 Maryland
Maryland vs. UNC
#8/7 North Carolina
February 24, 2018 || Kenan Stadium || 1:00 PM

For starters

• The No. 1/1 Maryland women's lacrosse team (2-0) travels to No. 8/7 North Carolina (2-1) for a Top-10 matchup Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The game can be watched on ACC Network Extra, with Brian Waer (play-by-play) and Matt Bachman (analyst) on the call.

• The Terps have won 24 straight road games, the longest current streak in the nation, last losing on the road at North Carolina on 04/05/14. 

• Last season, Maryland defeated then No. 1 North Carolina 13-10 in front of a program record 3,868 fans at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Jen Giles tallied six points while Megan Taylor posted nine saves. 

• Through two games, senior attacker Megan Whittle leads the Terps with 10 points and nine goals after scoring four in the opening bout vs. William & Mary and five at No. 3 Florida. Whittle ranks eigth nationally and leads the Big Ten with 4.5 goals per game.

last time out

• Megan Whittle and Jen Giles combined for nine goals as the top-ranked Maryland women’s lacrosse team outlasted No. 5 Florida 16-14 last Saturday.

• With an 11-9 lead, the Terps rattled off five straight goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half to take a commanding 16-9 lead they would never relinquish. 

• Junior goalie Megan Taylor finished with 11 stops to bring her season total to bring her career total to 346. 

scouting the TAR HEELS

• #8/7 North Carolina stands at 2-1 and is currently on a two game winning streak after dropping the opening contest of the season to James Madison. 

• Senior midfielder Marie McCool leads the Tar Heels with 14 goals, 15 points and 23 draw controls this season. Her 14 goals are the third most in the nation thus far this season. 

• The Tar Heels returns 21 letterwinners and five starters from its 2017 team that won the ACC regular season and ACC Tournament. 

terps-TAR HEELS history

• Maryland leads the all-time series with North Carolina, 25-13.

• Under Head Coach Cathy Reese, Maryland is 13-6 in matchups against North Carolina, posting a 7-3 record against the Tar Heels in the regular season. 

• Maryland has won three straight regular season contests vs. North Carolina.

Maryland wins back to back big ten weekly honors

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

• Sophomore midfielder Lizzie Colson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following the Week One win over William & Mary.

• 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.

• This past week, senior attacker Megan Whittle was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for her five-goal performance at then No. 5 Florida last weekend.

• 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.

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

Where the terps rank 

• As a team, Maryland ranks in the top-ten in the nation in three major categories:

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Free Position Percentage 2nd 1st 72.2%
Scoring Offense 8th 1st 17 goals per game
Shot Percentage 8th 1st 52.3%

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

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Free Position Goals Per Game 1st 1st 3.0
Goals Per Game 8th 1st 4.5 

terps on Top

• Maryland is ranked No. 1 in both the Inside Lacrosse Media and IWLCA Coaches polls for the 16th straight week.

• The Terps streak on top dates back to when the Terps were No. 2 before knocking off No. 1 North Carolina on Feb. 25 of last season at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

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.