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COLLEGE PARK – Defense was the University of Maryland women’s lacrosse team’s key to victory on March 16 as the Terrapins won on a 16-1 rout against Ohio State.
The No. 2 Terps had no issue defeating the unranked Buckeyes. While turnovers hit both teams almost equally, the difference was that Maryland could capitalize on the Buckeyes’ mistakes and recover from their own.
Maryland made 13 turnovers and caused 10, compared to the Buckeyes’ 15 turnovers and nine forced turnovers.
So dominant was the Terps’ defense that the Buckeyes did not hit the back of the net until the second half, where senior attacker Sara Dickinson scored off of an assist by freshman midfielder Maura McGregor.
The Terps, on the other hand, scored 12 goals in the first half alone. Junior attacker Kali Hartshorn led the Terps in scoring with five goals in the first half, along with an assist.
Senior midfielders Jen Giles and Meghan Siverson, along with senior attacker Caroline Steele, each had two goals each in the game.
The box score does not do the Terps’ relentless attack justice: they had 34 shots and made nearly half of them, compared to the Buckeyes’ 19 shots.
But the crown jewel of Maryland’s victory was its defense, thanks in large part to goalie Megan Taylor. The senior completed a shutout performance in the first half with eight saves, continuing the Terps’ streak of not allowed a goal in the first half since 2012.
Her last save of the first half was her 600th save of her career, became the third Terp goalie to reach that milestone.
Next up for Maryland is a road matchup against No. 19 Penn State on March 21.
During the game, $2,800 was raised for JDRF, a nonprofit foundation that focuses research on Type 1 diabetes. This was the fifth year that Maryland had a JDRF game as players wore blue warmups and held a silent auction. The Terps have raised over $9,300 in total for the nonprofit this year.