Terps secure share of Big Ten title, defeat no. 5 Penn State

Photo Courtesy of Maryland Athletics.

By Noah Gross

The top-ranked Maryland Terrapins Women’s lacrosse team continued their undefeated season Thursday night as they took down no. 5 Penn State 16-14.

One would think that having to play away against a top-five team would be an incredibly tough test. It is a very tough obstacle, one that not many teams could handle; but this Maryland team is not most teams.

Few teams, in any sport, can claim to be as dominant as the Maryland Women’s lacrosse team has been this season. Maryland has now played and beaten seven of the nine other teams currently in ranked in the top ten.

Thursday’s star for the Terps, especially in the first half, was Kali Hartshorn. The freshman, who recorded four goals and an assist Thursday, now has four straight games with at least a hat trick.

Zoe Stukenburg led the Terrapins in total points, as she scored twice and assisted four times. Jen Giles added four points with two points and two assists.

Megan Taylor did not have a game up to her standards, as she saved just seven shots and let in 14 goals. As often happens though, her offense picked her up.

The game was back-and-forth the whole way. It was 12-11 with eleven minutes to go, but then Maryland took over.

The Terps scored four goals in under seven minutes to go up by four. Taylor Hensh scored two of those goals off the bench to seal the victory.

Penn State’s Madison Carter, who came into the game seventh in the nation in goals, had herself quite the game. The sophomore attacker finished with six goals. Junior Katie O’Donnell also added five scores for the Nittany Lions.

Maryland will have a week off before their next and last game of the season. They will travel to Evanston to take on No. 17 Northwestern (8-7) to try and finish their perfect regular season.

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