By Noah Gross
The Maryland Women’s Lacrosse team defeated High Point 21-6 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in College Park on Sunday.
The Terps were dominant from the outset against the Panthers. Maryland got out to a 7-0 lead under 14 minutes into the game; four of the goals came from Megan Whittle.
Whittle, after scoring just one time in the Big Ten Championship, scored five times against High Point, and could have scored more had the starters not been pulled for much of the second half.
“We were moving the ball really well offensively against a really tough zone,” said Megan Whittle. “We practiced all week so we really prepared for it.”
Samantha Brown, who has scored more goals this season than any other player in High Point history, was held to one assist and no goals.
“Nadine [Hadnagy] played on her, and Nadine is an outstanding 1-on-1 defender,” Head Coach Cathy Reese said. “Simply put, she is awesome.”
The clock ran for some of the first half and almost all of the second half because the Terps were up by at least ten. The 21 goals Sunday tied a season-high for Maryland.
Megan Taylor had an outstanding Big Ten Championship game against Northwestern. She continued that great play Sunday with a .667 save percentage in just 30 minutes of playing time.
The starters played well, but so did the bench. Kacie Longo had a career-day with four goals on just five shots.
“She [Longo] is amazing, she is my best friend,” Whittle said. “Everybody stepped up, and that’s the best thing about playing on a team like this.”
Zoe Stukenberg once again did a little bit of everything, showing why she is a Tewaaraton award finalist. She finished three goals, two assists and some stellar defense.
Jen Giles, Kali Hartshorn and Big Ten Tournament MVP Caroline Steele all quietly added multiple goals.
The Terps will take on Stony Brook next week as they took down Northwestern. That game will be in College Park next Sunday as Maryland looks to continue their dominance.