STONY BROOK, NY – In a back and forth affair, the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team fell to No. 4 Boston College, 15-13, in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals on Friday night.
“I’ll start off by congratulating Boston College on a hard fought game and congratulations to them on moving forward,” said head coach Cathy Reese. “It’s tough to see this group’s season end, I don’t think any of us were ready for that. You never are. I’m just proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish this year. I’m proud of our senior class, sending them off with with the victories and conference titles and national titles that they have. I’m proud of everything that this team has accomplished and all that they’ve done.”
Maryland got off to a hot start, scoring the game’s first three goals and six of the first eight to take a 6-2 lead. Boston College responded by scoring five straight to take their first lead of the game, before Maryland scored two of the last three of the half to make it a tie game, 8-8 at halftime..
In the second half, the Eagles and Terrapins traded goals back and forth, leading to a tie score with 15 minutes left. Boston College scored the games last two goals and held Maryland scoreless for the final part of the game to advance to the Championship, 15-13.
Junior midfielder Jen Giles and sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn led the way offensively for Maryland with Giles totaling six points on three goals and three assists and Hartshorn notching five points on four goals and one assist. Senior attacker Taylor Hensh also had three goals.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Taylor tied a season-high with 13 saves, stopping many on point blank shots and free posiiton attempts. Taylor finished the season with 189 saves.
The Terrapins end the season at 20-2, the program’s sixth straight 20-win season. Maryland posted an undefeated mark in conference play at 6-0 and won both the Big Ten Regular Season Title and Conference Tournament.
The senior class finished their Terrapin career with an 86-4 record, including an undefeated 47-0 mark at home. The 2018 class won two National Championships, four Big Ten Regular Season Titles and three Big Ten Tournament Championships. The seniors made the Final Four in all four seasons in College Park.