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#2 Terps Begin B1G Play at #24 Johns Hopkins

Maryland Athletics
3-15-2018
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#4/2 Maryland (5-1)
Maryland at Maryland
RV/#24 Johns Hopkins (7-2)
March 17, 2018 || Homewood Field || Baltimore, Md. || 12:00 p.m.

For starters

• Big Ten play begins this weekend as the No. 4/2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team travels up I-95 to RV/#24 Johns Hopkins for a Saturday matchup at Homewood Field.

• Maryland heads into this weekend’s contest with a 5-1 record and No. 4/2 ranking with road wins over top-ten ranked Florida and Syracuse as well as home victories over William & Mary, UMBC & Hofstra. The Terps one loss came to North Carolina in Chapel Hill. 

• Senior attacker Megan Whittle (26 goals, six assists) leads the team with 32 points, while junior midfielder Jen Giles (17 goals, eight assists) stands right behind her with 25. Whittle leads the Big Ten in many offensive categories, including goals (26), goals per game (4.33), points per game (5.33) and leads the country in free position goals per game with 3.00, after scoring a career-best six against UMBC. Giles is fifth in the conference in assists (eight), eighth in goals (17) and ranks right behind Whittle in the conference with 1.33 free position goals per game. Giles is also second in the conference in shot percentage (56.7%).

last time out

• Junior attacker Caroline Steele tallied a career-best seven points with five goals and two assists, while senior attacker  Taylor Hensh tied her career-best with four goals of her own to pace the Maryland offense and lead the No. 5/2 Terps to an 18-11 win over No. 8 Syracuse.. Both of Steele’s assists came on a Hensh strike.

• The Maryland defense held the nation’s leading scoring offense to a season low 11 goals on just 19 shots on goal.

• The Terps held pace on offense, winning 22-of-30 draw controls, led by 13 from the duo of sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn and junior midfielder Meghan Siverson.

OFFENSIVE STALWARTS

• The Terps boast one of the nation’s best offenses, leading the country in goals with 17.50. Maryland has scored over 15 goals in every game this season.

• Of Maryland’s 105 goals on the season, 41 have come on free position, as the Terps also lead the nation in free position percentage, hitting on 65.1% of their attempts.

scouting the BLUE JAYS

• RV/#24 Johns Hopkins enters Saturday's Big Ten opener with a 7-2 record, after defeating UMBC on the road, 13-9 on Wednesday night. 

• Miranda Ibello leads Hopkins with a team-high 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists), while three additional Blue Jays accumulating over 19 goals apiece. 

terps-BLUE JAYS history

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Johns Hopkins, 16-0.

• The two programs met last season both in the regular season and Big Ten Tournament, with Maryland defeating the Blue Jays both times. In the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in College Park, the Terps handled Johns Hopkins 19-16, as Megan Whittle broke the 200 goal barrier, scoring five goals. Caroline Steele and Kali Hartshorn each had four goals.

WHITTLE climbing up the all-time goal ranks

• In just six games this season, Megan Whittle has jumped from six to two in the Maryland women's lacrosse all-time goal ranks, tallying 26 goals. 

• The senior attacker now has 240 goals in her career, passing Maryland greats Taylor Cummings and Karri Ellen Johnson on her path to the all-time lead this season. Whittle is just 27 goals behind Jen Adams (1998-01) for the all-time lead at 267.

Where the terps rank 

• As a team, Maryland leads the country and Big Ten in three major categories, while in the top-ten in the nation and first in the Big Ten in two more:

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Free Position Percentage 1st 1st 65.1%
Draw Controls Per Game 1st 1st 18.67
Goals Per Game 1st 1st 17.50
Shots on Goal Per Game 1st 1st 28.50
Turnovers Per Game 7th 1st 13.17
Points Per Game 9th 1st 22.83

• Individually, Megan Whittle ranks top-ten nationally in free position goals per game, goals per game, shots on goal per game and goals:

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Free Position Goals Per Game 1st 1st 3.00
Shots on Goal Per Game 4th 1st 6.67
Goals Per Game 5th 1st 4.33
Goals 8th 1st 26

CONTROLLING THE DRAW

• As a team, Maryland is first in the nation and the Big Ten in draw controls per game, with 18.67. The duo of Kali Hartshorn and Meghan Siverson have been key to giving Maryland possession.

• Against UNC (2/24), Hartshorn posted a career-best 12 draw controls. Siverson followed that up with a career-high of her own, 13 draw controls against UMBC (2/28). The following game against Hofstra, Hartshorn and Siverson combined for 15 draw controls. At #8 Syracuse, Maryland won the draw control battle 22-8, with Siverson and Hartshorn combining for 13. 

• Maryland has 112 draw controls as a team through five games, with Siverson and Hartshorn combining for 66 of those (58.9%).

TEWAARATON TERPS 

• The Terps had five players named to the initial Tewaaraton Watch List, as announced by the Tewaaraton Foundation Thursday evening. 

 Megan Whittle and a quartet of juniors: Julia Braig, Jen Giles, Caroline Steele and Megan Taylor were all selected for the watch list.

• Whittle has now been selected for the Tewaaraton Watch List in three straight seasons. It’s the second appearance for Taylor, while Braig, Giles and Steele are all on the list for the first time.  

• Maryland has won won six straight Tewaaraton Awards and seven of the last eight. 

terps Rack Up B1G Honors

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

• Sophomore midfielder Lizzie Colson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following the win over William & Mary and the week of wins against UMBC and Hofstra.

• 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. Colson then tied for the team-lead with four groundballs in the two wins over UMBC and Hofstra, while also notching seven draw controls and one caused turnover. On the season, the sophomore leads the Terps with 12 groundballs and six caused turnovers.

• Senior attacker Megan Whittle was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week twice in this young season. 

• Against #5/3 Florida (2/17), 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. In a pair of home wins over UMBC and Hofstra, Whittle totaled a team-best 14 points (12 goals, two assists) on just 20 shots on goal, including a nine-for-10 mark on free position shots. 

• Whittle has now racked up 10 Big Ten Weekly honors of her career. 

B1G SUCCESS

• Beginning its fourth season in the Big Ten Conference with Saturday's game at Johns Hopkins, Maryland has had unprecendented success in their first three seasons in the conference.

• In the regular season, the Terps have gone 16-0 in the conference during the regular season, winning the title all three years. Maryland's only loss came in year one, in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal against Ohio State. The Terps won the tournament the following two years. 

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