Top-seeded Maryland women advance to 10th straight Final Four

May 19, 2018 | WNST Staff


COLLEGE PARK – The No. 1 seeded Maryland women’s lacrosse team (20-1) used a game-ending 6-1 run to come from behind and defeat Navy (18-4), 17-15, in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Maryland advances to their 10th straight NCAA Final Four and 26th in program history. The Terrapin senior class wrapped up a 47-0 home record today, playing their final game in College Park.

“Huge congratulations to Navy on a great season and a hard-fought game,” said head coach Cathy Reese. “I’m proud of our girls on how we rebounded today. It was kind of a game of runs, we had good lead early in the first half and that kind of dwindled away. In the second half, we were able to keep fighting. They never gave up. They stayed present, stayed in the moment, didn’t get ahead of themselves and we’re able to execute down the run. That was impressive. It’s a good day to be a Terp.”

Trailing 14-11 with 15 minutes to go in the contest, Maryland would rattle off six straight goals. Senior attacker Taylor Hensh, who finished the day with a hat-trick, got the rally started with a free position tally. About two minutes later, junior midfielder Jen Giles scored through traffic to cut the deficit to one, 14-13. Then, senior attacker Megan Whittle, who had been held scoreless all game, scored three straight goals, two on free position, to tie and then give Maryland a two-goal lead, 16-14. Hensh put through another free position score with just over four minutes left in the contest to make it a three-goal advantage, 17-14. Navy would score the last goal of the game for a final of 17-15.

During Maryland’s second-half surge, junior goaltender Megan Taylor was sensational, coming up with three huge point blank saves and holding Navy scoreless for a 16-minute stretch in the second half.

On the game, Taylor finished with 13 saves, which ties a season-high. With her third save of the game, Taylor recorded save number 500, becoming only the fifth goaltender in Maryland history with 500 saves.

Giles led the way much of the day offensively for Maryland, leading the Terps with seven points on a career-best four goals and three assists. The junior gave Maryland two crucial scores in the second half, while assisting on another after two goals and two assists in the first half.

Sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn also scored three goals for Maryland, while leading the way with 10 draw controls to guide a 21-13 Maryland draw control advantage. Hartshorn now has 135 draw controls on the season, the third-most all time by a Terp, trailing only Taylor Cummings’ 2015 and 2016 seasons. Sophomore defender Lizzie Colson also had eight draw controls as the sophomore duo combined for 18 of the Terps 21 draws.

Defensively, junior defender Julia Braig caused a career-best three turnovers while sophomore defender Meghan Doherty caused two. The pair helped cause two scoreless stretches for the Midshipmen, in which Maryland went on an 8-1 run in the first half and 6-1 run in the second half.

The top-seeded Terps will face No. 4 seed Boston College in the NCAA Semifinal game at Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium in Stony Brook, NY in the NCAA Semifinals on Friday evening.