By Sydney Fazio
Maryland women’s lacrosse dominated the Georgetown Hoyas 17-5 Wednesday in a rainy local matchup.
The Terps have one of the nation’s best offenses, ranking second in the country in goals per game with 16.44. Maryland validated its offensive ranking in the Georgetown matchup. Sophomore midfielder Kali Hartshorn gave the Terps a boost by dominating the center circle.
Hartshorn’s 10 draw controls gave the Terrapins crucial possessions to unleash their dominant offense. The game proved to be a complete team effort, as 12 Terps recorded points.
Hartshorn, who also scored four goals and added one assist, said coming off of two great wins gave her team energy.
“I think we really brought that momentum into this game, and I thought we played great both offensively and defensively,” Hartshorn said.
Because of their ability to control the ball, the Terrapins amassed 37 shots compared to Georgetown’s 16. Maryland connected on 3 of 10 free-position shots. Georgetown earned just three free-position chances, converting one.
Maryland coach Cathy Reese said the team was really able to control the tempo and the ball in the second half.
“I like the whole game, the way we all kind of played together, I just was happy with our effort in the second half and the looks that we were getting,” Reese said. “If we can limit turnovers and maintain possession and fight to get the ball back even when you make a bad pass, that’s somewhere we want to be offensively.”
Breakout freshman midfielder Grace Griffin had a hat trick and two assists.
Griffin wasn’t the only freshman who got some minutes, as most of the starting players were subbed out as the clock wound down, giving some underclassmen playing time.
Griffin said seeing her teammates get into the game is an amazing feeling.
“We’re all out here every single day working hard, we all practice the same amount, we all lift, we all do the same amount of work, and I think just seeing people going out on the field and having success and just knowing that’s how you learn — I think that’s awesome that we were able to get everyone in,” Griffin said.
Maryland women’s lacrosse will hit the road and head to Ann Arbor, Michigan to take on the Wolverines on March 31.