COLLEGE PARK — The No. 2 University of Maryland Women’s Lacrosse team has been on a roll lately, winning their first five games of the season.
Most recently, on March 9, the Lady Terps were able to defeat No. 4 Syracuse, 12-11, thanks to junior attacker Kali Hartshorn’s game-winning goal in double overtime to improve their undefeated streak to six games.
While Hartshorn came through in the clutch, it was senior midfielder Jen Giles who led the way for Maryland with three goals, including scoring three minutes into the contest and another one early in the second half. In net, senior goalie Megan Taylor notched 12 saves to receive the win.
The game was relatively close throughout, as nearly every time Maryland led by two goals, the Lady Orange cut the deficit back to one.
However, with 2:03 left in the first half, Syracuse junior attacker Emily Hawryschuk tied the game up at 5 goals apiece. With 40 seconds remaining, freshman Megan Carney added a tally to give the visitors a 6-5 lead heading into the half.
Nevertheless, the game was never really out of reach for either team. Maryland charged back with five goals in the opening 11 minutes in the second half, earning the largest lead of the game by three scores (10-7).
Syracuse battled back and with the score tied up 11-11 with 11:55 left, neither team was able to break the tie before the end of regulation, thanks to a series of saves and clears by both goalies.
The score remained deadlocked through the first overtime period.
In the second overtime, junior midfielder Hannah Warther passed to Hartshorn, who was in front of the net. The junior faked a shot before slipping the ball past Syracuse junior goalie Asa Goldstock for the Maryland victory.
“I didn’t really have that many shots today,” said Hartshorn. “So I thought, ‘Might as well have one, better make it count.’”
“I love our determination,” said Maryland Head Coach Cathy Reese. “I love our grit, I love how hard we’re working out there, and I love how we rebounded sometimes.”
Maryland has now won two consecutive double overtime games this season. The previous win, 13-12, was against No. 3 North Carolina on Feb. 24.