COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore attacker Brindi Griffin recorded a career-high four points as the No. 4/2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team (4-1) defeated Hofstra (2-2) 17-10 on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s nice to have a Saturday game at home,” said head coach Cathy Reese. “It wasn’t our greatest showing, but we need to take it, get better and grow from there. Defensively, I thought we made some corrections to where we were on Wednesday night so that was nice to see. Megan Taylor had a great game in the cage for us, which was good. We’re just trying to build the chemistry right now. We’re working on playing together and executing together for the opportunities we have."
Senior attacker Megan Whittle led the way with seven points on five goals and two assists, while Griffin tallied a first half hat-trick and added an assist on a junior attacker Caroline Steele goal. Junior midfielder Jen Giles notched her fourth hat-trick of the year as well. The Whittle, Griffin, Giles trio accounted for 11 of Maryland’s 17 goals.
Junior goalie Megan Taylor had a strong game in the cage, tallying a season-best 13 saves on 23 shots, a .565 percentage. On the draw, the duo of junior midfielder Meghan Siverson (eight) and sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn (seven) tallied 15 of Maryland’s 19 draw controls to control possession. The Terps held a 19-10 advantage on draw controls.
The contest was close at first, with the Terps and Pride alternating the first six goals of the game to stand even at three 13 minutes in. In the next four minutes, Maryland would use two goals by freshman midfielder Grace Griffin, one by Brindi Griffin and another from Jen Giles to take a 7-3 lead. After Hofstra responded with one, four more from the Terps, all involving B. Griffin or Whittle would give Maryland an 11-4 lead at the half.
In the second half, the defense held strong, only allowing six goals to preserve the lead. Redshirt sophomore defender Meghan Doherty caused two turnovers while Whittle (three goals), Giles (two goals) and sophomore midfielder Nikki Sliwak (one goal) contributed six goals on offense to lead the Terps to the seven-point victory. The closest Hofstra would get in the second half is 13-9 with 18:09 left.
No. 4/2 Maryland will begin a three-game road trip next weekend with a trip up north to No. 7/5 Syracuse to take on the Orange on Sunday March 11 at 1:00 p.m.