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Terps roll over Hopkins in Big Ten opener, 17-4

Caroline Wannen led Maryland with six points on two goals and four assists.

Caroline Wannen has six points on two goals and four assists while Caroline Steele has four goals to lead the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team to a 17-4 rout of No. 16 Johns Hopkins in both team’s Big Ten opener on Sunday afternoon in College Park.

Wannen was one of five players who scored two goals each in assistance of Steele’s hat trick plus effort.

Megan Whittle was another Terps with two goals and her free position score in the second minute gave Maryland the early lead.

Maryland started off a bit slow, but once they took off, they took off. After Whittle’s scored Shannon Fitzgerald tied the game with a goal for the Blue Jays. Whittle responded just a few minutes later but it took nine minutes for the Terps to get their next score, from Brandi Griffin.

A goal by Haley Schweizer got the Blue Jays back within one score not even a minute later, but Maryland never let go of the lead. The Terps ripped off four-straight goals in three minutes following Schweizer’s goal. Wannen bookended the run with her two goals in the game with Steele and Griffin scoring in between.

Maryland led 7-2 with 7:31 left in the first half. Miranda Ibello scored one for the Blue Jays to end the run while making it a four-goal game at halftime, but the Terps opened the second half with seven straight goals, all coming in the first 12 and a half minutes to make it a 14-3 game.

The Blue Jays just couldn’t slow the Terps down or cut their possessions short. Maggie Schneidereith was able to get one more goal for the Blue Jays with 10:03 remaining, but that was it and the Terps scored the last three goals to complete the rout.

Maryland out-shot the Blue Jays 35-22 and beat them 17-9 on ground balls and 14-9 on draws. The Terps limited their turnovers to 11 in the game while the Blue Jays had 13. Maryland’s defense also forced four failed Blue Jays clears.

Maryland will close their four-game homestand on Wednesday at 7 pm against No. 13 Penn. The Blue Jays will return home to host Vanderbilt on Wednesday. The open draw will be at 1 pm.

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