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Terps WLAX handles High point, 21-6

Kacie Longo had four goals against High Point and was one of four Maryland players with at least a hat trick in the game.

It was business as usual for the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team as they rolled over the High Point Panthers in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, 21-6. The Terps scored the first seven goals of the game at their home Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex at College Park and were never threatened in the game.

Junior attacker Megan Whittle scored five goals on six shots while classmate Kacie Longo had four goals on five shots. Senior midfielder and Tewaaraton Award finalist Zoe Stukenberg tied for the team lead with five points on three goals and two assists in the game. Sophomore midfielder Jen Giles was the fourth Terp with at least a hat trick in the game while four more Maryland players scored in the game.

Maryland outshot High Point 36-18, beat them at the draw, 19-10 and were a perfect 14-for-14 on clears while scoring four free position goals in the game.

Whittle scored the first two goals of the game and had four in the Terps seven-goal run to open things. Kali Hartshorn also had two goals in the opening stretch, both were assisted by Caroline Steele.

Emory Gaeng finally got High Point on the board with 13:38 left in the first half on a feed from Erin Ilchuk, bit Longo responded in just 31 seconds and Maryland scored three more in a row to take a 10-1 lead.

While Gaeng scored a second goal with 5:39 left in the opening half, Giles and Stukenberg both netted goals before the intermission to established a 12-2 lead and running clock with 1:49 left before the break.

Maryland goalkeeper Megan Taylor was only faced with six shots in the opening half and made four saves before eventually being subbed out for Emily Kift. She played 22:41 before Emma Moss came in for the final 7:19.

Against the backup goalies, high Point was able to have more success, but only a little bit more as Maryland’s offense was still dominating the game. Maryland outscored High point 9-4 in the second half. Longo scored three of her goals after halftime. Stukenberg scored twice and had one of her assists after the break.

High Point opened the second half with a goal before Maryland scored three straight goals. Erica Perrotta, who scored the first goal of the second half, scored the next one with 21:35 left. Maryland them rattled off four goals in a row to push ahead 19-4. The two teams split the final four goals of the game.

The Terps will host Stony Brook in the third round of the NCAA Tournament next Saturday at noon. Stony Brook won both the America East regular-season and tournament titles as they earned the No. 8 seed in the tournament. Stony brook steamrolled Bryant 21-6 in the first round and then beat Maryland’s Big Ten foe Northwestern 13-9 in the second round. The Seawolves ranked third in the nation in offense, averaging 16.45 goals per game this year while their defense is the best in the country with just 6.9 goals allowed per game. They have three 50-goal scorers on their team this season and are led by Tewaaraton Award finalists Kylie Ohlmiller, who has 75 goals and 82 assists on the year.

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