Breaking News:

So Much Sports Baltimore has officially shut down on August 7, 2017, but would like to thank all of our readers, writers and everybody who helped make this website possible.

Taylor stonewalls Florida in 18-8 Terps win

Megan Taylor made career-high 20 saves to stonewall No. 3 Florida.

Megan Taylor made a career-high 20 saves to lead the No. 1 Maryland Terrapins women’s lacrosse team to a runaway 18-8 victory over the No. 3 Florida Gators on Wednesday afternoon in College Park. Florida managed to outshoot the Terps 37-36, thanks to a 17-11 ground ball advantage, but Taylor’s effort in goal, combined with Maryland’s draw control and free position shot success got them their 10th victory in 10 games this year.

Maryland held a 19-9 lead on the draw and scored seven free position goals. Florida committed 55 fouls in the physical game, but it never seemed to get the Terps out of too much of a rhythm. Zoe Stukenberg led Maryland with five goals while Carolina Steele, Megan Whittle and Brindi Griffin each recorded hat tricks. Stukenberg also led Maryland with nine draw control victories. Jen Giles ha a big all-around game with two goals, two assists, three groundballs and two caused turnovers.

Maryland struck first when Steele and Stukenberg went back-to-back to give the Terps a 2-0 lead just over three minutes into the game. Florida finally got on the board midway through the first half when Allie Pavinelli netted a score and then Lindsey Ronbeck tied the game just about three minutes later, but the Terps never trailed in the game.

Giles and Stukenberg netted back-to-back free position goals to put the Terps back up 4-2 with 8:44 remaining. Then in response to another goal by Ronbeck, Stukenberg scored her third goal of the game and second free position goal with 3:31 left to double Maryland’s lead. Whittle pushed the Terps lead up to three points with 1:58 left in the first quarter with an unassisted score.

Just over a minute into the second half, the Terps made it a three-goal run with a free position goal by Taylor Hensh to make it a four-goal lead.

The Terps and the Gators evenly exchanged the first four goals of the second half, but Maryland put things away with a 7-1 run to go ahead by nine goals with under 10 minutes remaining in the game. With Taylor being the brick wall she was in the Terps net, Florida wasn’t coming back.

They did get two goals in the final 10 minutes, but Maryland still did better with three goals, including back-to-back by Griffin in the final two and a half minutes of the game.

Maryland will remain at home on Saturday when they host Big Ten foe Michigan at noon.

The following two tabs change content below.

Corey Johns

Editor in Chief
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.

Latest posts by Corey Johns (see all)

Comments are closed.