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No. 2 Terps top No. 1 UNC in title game rematch

Maybe it doesn’t get rid of the sour taste from last year’s national championship game, but the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins women’s lacrosse team exacted their revenge as they beat the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels 13-10 on Saturday in College Park.

Sophomore Jen Giles led the way with three goals and three assists while senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg also had a hat trick in the game. On top of that, the Terps offense showed even more power as three other players had multigoal games.

“We knew going into this game that it’d be a test for us since we are a young team,” Maryland head coach Cathy Reese said. “These guys did a great job and came out fighting hard and hustling all over the place. It was nice to see. We came out strong on offense, our defense made some great stops. It was nice to see everything come together today.”

Maryland overcame an 18-7 disadvantage on draw controls with a tremendous defensive effort that limited the Tar Heels to only 11 successful clears. Maryland meanwhile was 21-for-25 on clears and Megan Taylor did her part in goal to help Maryland to the win with nine saves in the game.

Maryland came out on a mission with the first three goals of the game all scored in side four minutes after the opening draw control Kali Hartshorn scored her first of two goals in the game just 31 seconds into the game. That was followed just about two minutes later by Taylor Hensh with a free position goal. Megan Whittle didn’t even take a minute before she gave the Terps a 3-0 lead.

Carly Reed got UNC on the board with a free position goal at just seven seconds short of five minutes having run off the clock.

But Maryland responded with back-to-back goals from Giles and Stukenberg to take a 5-1 lead just a second shy of the nine-minute mark into the game.

The two teams went back-and-forth for the next seven goals to end the first half. Maryland led 8-5 as Reed made it an uneven back-and-forth with her second score coming 35 seconds before halftime.

But Maryland again responded.

Out of the halftime break, Caroline Wannen scored two goals before Stukenberg netter her second of the game to give the Terps an 11-5 lead.

UNC out-scored Maryland 5-2 over the final 14 minutes of the game, but Maryland’s lead was great enough to hold onto the victory.

Giles completed her hat trick with 11:55 left in the game on a free position shot before Stukenberg completed her just three minutes later off a feed by Wannen.

Maryland remains unbeaten at 3-0 to start the season and the win will surely move them into the No. 1 ranking in the IWLCA polls next week. They will travel to Hofstra next Saturday before returning home to host Boston College the next Wednesday to start a four-game homestand.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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