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#2 Maryland Returns Home Wednesday Against UMBC

Maryland Athletics
2-27-2018
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#4/2 Maryland
Maryland vs. UMBC
UMBC
February 28, 2018 || Kenan Stadium || 7:00 PM

For starters

• After two straight road contests against top-ten opponents, the No. 4/2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team will return home to College Park at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex to take on the UMBC. The game can be watched on BTN Plus ($) and listened to on WMUC

• Maryland heads into this weekend’s contest with a 2-1 record and No. 4/2 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.

• Senior attacker Megan Whittle (11 goals, two assists) and junior midfielder Jen Giles (10 points, three assists) are tied for the team lead with 13 points. Whittle and Giles rank second and third respectively nationally and first and second in the conference in free position goals per game, with Whittle averaging 2.33 per game and Giles 2.00. Whittle also is tied for the conference lead with 4.33 points per game.

• Maryland is on a 65-game win streak at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex and hasn’t lost in College Park since March 10, 2012. The Terps led the nation in attendance in 2017.

• Join the Terps for Maryland Macaroni Mania, where all fans will be treated to free Macaroni and Cheese, served by the Men's Lacrosse team during pregame.

• It's Hometown Heroes Night! Join us in celebrating our local heroes - fire, police, and military will receive free admission with proof of ID. 

last time out

• For the first time in 57 regular season games, Maryland lost last Saturday, falling in overtime at No. 8/7 North Carolina, 16-15.

• Sophomore Kali Hartshorn posted a career-best 11 draw controls while adding two goals to pace Maryland, while junior’s Jen Giles (three goals, one assist) and Caroline Steele (two goals, two assists) added four points apiece.

scouting the RETREIVERS

• UMBC is 3-0 for the first time since the 1995 season.

• Junior Sara Moeller was named America East Offensive Player of the Week after tallying 16 points in a 2-0 week for the Retrievers. She had 12 points in a 21-9 victory over VCU off six goals and six assists; she also scored three goals, including the game-winner against Mount St. Mary's.

• Junior Kayla Renehan was named AE Defensive Player of the Week. The defender picked up five ground balls and caused five turnovers. Renehan helps to anchor a defense that is third in the country in scoring defense, allowing only 6.67 goals a game and fifth in caused turnovers, forcing 13.33 per contest. Renehan ranks fifth in the nation and second in the America East in caused turnovers with 3.00 per game.

• Moeller and Lauren McDonald lead the team with nine goals a piece.

terps-RETREIVERS history

• Maryland leads the all-time series with UMBC, 10-0.

• The two old line state programs last met three years back, on 3/4/15, with the Terrapins winning 14-7. Taylor Cummings notched five points and eight draw controls, while current senior Megan Whittle tallied a hat-trick. The Terps held a 43-21 advantage in shots, taking a whopping 30 in the first half. Maryland also held a 17-5 advantage in draws.

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 four major categories:

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Free Position Percentage 2nd 1st 75.9%
Scoring Offense 8th 1st 16.33 goals per game
Shot Percentage 7th 1st 52.1%
Turnovers Per Game T-6th 1st 13.00

• Individually, Megan Whittle and Jen Giles rank top-ten nationally and top two in the Big Ten in free position goals per game:

Stat Player NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Free Position Goals Per Game Whittle 2nd 1st 2.33
Giles 3rd 2nd 2.00

Kali Hartshorn

• Last weekend at then-#8/7 North Carolina, sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn tallied 11 draw controls to pace the Maryland offense. The 11 draw controls marked a career-best for Hartshorn, eclipsing her previous best of nine, set last season in the NCAA Semifinal vs. Penn State (5/26/17).

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. 

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.

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