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No. 1 Terps show power with big win over Cuse

Megan Whittle set new career-highs with seven goals and eight points in a 17-7 win over Syracuse.

How good is the No. 1 Maryland Terrapins women’s lacrosse team? On Saturday, they ran away from the No. 4 Syracuse Orange for a 17-7 victory.

Maryland outscored Syracuse 9-2 to start the game, including scoring seven-straight in a 12-minute span. By that point, the game was done, but just to completely put the cap on the game the Terps shut Syracuse out for the final 15 minutes and ended the game on a five-goal run.

“Today was a really exciting game for the team,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “I think offense and defense were clicking and everyone was playing hard out there. Megan Whittle and Megan Taylor were both phenomenal for us. We had a couple missed plays and still have a lot to improve on, but overall this was a great win.”

Goalie Megan Taylor kept the Syracuse attack at bey with a career-high 18 saves.

Megan Whittle scored a career-high seven goals and had eight points while Taylor led a tremendous defensive charge with a career-high 18 saves while scooping up three ground balls and causing two turnovers.

Shots in the game were very close with the Terps only having a 32-31 advantage in the game, and ground balls (20-15) and draws (14-12) both only slightly favored the Terps, but the defense forced five failed clears and when the Orange did get through, Taylor came through big.

Kali Hartshorn has four goals and one assist in the game. Her first score came just 26 seconds into the game on a feed by Jen Giles. Three and a half minutes later Caroline Wannen doubled Maryland’s lead.

Syracuse wasn’t going to let the Terps run away with things that quick and tied the game less than a minute later with a quick pair of goals. After Wannen’s goal, Morgan Widner won two draws for the Orange. In just seconds of each Mary Rahal and Natalie Wallon were able to score, respectively.

Then Maryland pulled away with seven goals in a row. After a turnover gave Syracuse the ball on the next possession, Zoe Stukenberg caused a turnover, Maryland cleared the ball and then drew two fouls. The second foul set Whittle up for a free position shot and she scored her first goal of the game.

Whittle repeated the free position feat just under a minute later to put Maryland up 4-2. A minute after that Maryland struck again when Hartshorn fed Caroline Steele for her first of two goals. Stukenberg then scored beforeHartshorn scored two more to completed her natural hat trick with 12:43 remaining in the first half. Whittle’s third goal of the game completed the Terps run with 11:35 to put the Terps ahead 9-2.

Syracuse would score twice in the final six minutes of the first half. However, both were answered quickly by the Terps. With 5:32 remaining, Nerola Neena ended Maryland’s run with a score, but just 61 seconds later Whittle scored her third free position goal of the game. With 37 seconds left, Emily Hawryschuk scored for the Orange, but 28 seconds later Whittle scored for the fifth time to send Maryland into the break with an 11-4 lead.

The beginning of the second half was much better for Syracuse as they scored three of the first four goals of the stanza. But it would not last. Syracuse was unable to score in the final 15 minutes while Maryland netted five goals in a row to end the game.

Maryland moves to 6-0 on the year and won their 54 consecutive games at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. They will look to keep that run going next Sunday when they take on Johns Hopkins at noon. It will be their third game in their four-game home stand.

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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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