By Ryan Homler
The Maryland Terrapins Women’s Lacrosse team defeated No.4 Syracuse by a score of 17-7 on Saturday afternoon in College Park to improve their record to 6-0.
It was a frigid day for lacrosse, with temperatures in the low 30s, but the Terps’ play was as hot as ever.
On offense, Maryland was led by junior attacker Megan Whittle who scored seven goals for the Terps. Whittle’s seven goals were a season high for her as she single handedly matched the scoring total of the entire Syracuse team.
“Shooters shoot, everything was falling today and I was very excited about that,” Whittle said when talking about her offensive explosion. “I had the opportunities today, so I took them.”
Freshman Kali Hartshorn also contributed four goals to the Maryland attack while seniors Zoe Stukenberg and Caroline Wannen and sophomores Jen Giles and Caroline Steele all scored as well.
The Terps defense also showed up today, holding the Orange to their second lowest scoring total of the season. A lot of Maryland’s defensive success can once again be contributed to the play of sophomore goalie Megan Taylor. Taylor, who was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week last week, made a strong case for a repeat after recording 18 saves and finishing with a save percentage of 72 percent.
“One of the best out there for sure,” Maryland head coach Cathy Reese said about her star goalie. “She’s just a stud, I don’t know how else to put it.”
Maryland now sits at 6-0 on the season with two of those wins coming against top five opponents. The Terps will be back in action next Sunday, March 19, when they take on Johns Hopkins at noon in College Park.