By Alex Littlehales
The No.1 ranked Maryland women’s lacrosse remains undefeated, as the Terps breezed by conference powerhouse No. 4 Northwestern with a final score of 16-5, in Evanston, Ill. Thursday evening.
The Terps were driven to prove their worth in their inaugural Big Ten matchup, showing they could remain dominant even after their conference change from the ACC.
The undefeated Terps are not only dominating their games, but dominating top tier talent with ease, as the victory marks the 6th top-15 team they’ve taken down this year.
Transfer goalkeeper Alex Fitzpatrick has been comfortably dominant between the pipes this season, as she reeled in seven saves and held the Wildcats to 5 goals; half of what the Wildcats offense usually produces.
Northwestern kept the Maryland offense relatively slow, trailing only by 1 goal with 13 minutes left in the first half. The potent Terps offense would not be contained for long, as Maryland exploded for six unanswered goals within a six-minute span.
The Terps would build to a 9-0 run, but by the time Northwestern was able to break the streak, the Terp’s had already secured another notch in their victory belt.
Breakout freshman Megan Whittle led the Terps with 5 goals, backed by a Kelly McPartland hat trick, and two goals apiece from Brooke Griffin, Zoe Stuckenberg, Taylor Cummings and Kristen Lamon.
Maryland has remained at the top of the Nation’s rankins since the start of the season, and will be back in action this Wednesday, April 1st against Georgetown.