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#1 MARYLAND

Maryland women's lacrosse team celebrates with NCAA trophy after winning the 2017 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Champions © Equity IX - SportsOgram - Leigh Ernst Friestedt
2017 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Champions - Maryland Terrapins © Equity IX - SportsOgram

DEFENDING NCAA CHAMPIONS

As the 2017 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Champions, Maryland will look to repeat their national championship.  Under Head Coach, Cathy Reese, the Terps have won three NCAA titles in the last five years.  The Terrapins success is unprecedented with a history of 14 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse titles – their only weakness is that the Terps don’t know how to lose.

Despite losing Tewaaraton Award winner, Zoe Stuckenberg, and All-American defender Nadine Hadnagy, Coach Reese knows how to rebuild a team with the additions of Louisville transfer, Meghan Siverson, to the midfield and Syracuse transfer, Kathy Rudkin, to the defense and starting Freshman, Grace Griffin, to the midfield.   

Led by Megan Whittle and Caroline Steele on attack, Whittle recently broke Maryland’s all time record as the leading goal scorer.  Maryland’s midfield is solid from the draw control to both sides of the field on attack and defense with Jen Giles, Grace Griffin and Kali Hartshorn.  Maryland’s defense works as a unit with goalie, Megan Taylor, to shut down attacks.        

#23 Megan Whittle - Maryland - 2017 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Champions - cradles the ball right handed with goggles and a Maryland striped headband © Equity IX - SportsOgram - Leigh Ernst Friestedt
#23 Megan Whittle - Maryland All-Time Goal Scorer

ATTACK

Maryland’s attack is stacked with the top players in women’s lacrosse.  Megan Whittle continues to set records with over 279 career goals breaking Maryland’s record as the all-time goal scorer.  Caroline Steele is a superstar lefty who has vision to feed, an explosive attack to goal and an unstoppable low-to-high riser free position with the ability to place in locations that goalies can’t predict.  Steele is supported by Sophomore, Brindi Griffin on the low right side who played every game as a Freshman.  Griffin is a tremendous athlete with vision to feed, roll the crease and score from the top, she works seamlessly with the Maryland attack to create powerhouse scoring machine.

Maryland’s attack has tremendous depth with multiple players coming off the bench to add a powerful dimension.  The Terps often have five players with a hat trick in any given game, so face guarding Whittle and Steele can backfire and fuel the rest of the attack.  Senior Captain, Taylor Hensh, is the top player off the bench, playing every game in 2017 and an important role in the Terps NCAA title.  Maryland’s attack is supported by an outstanding midfield which is a scoring threat on every play from top of the 8-meter.        

#11 Caroline Steele runs through a line of women's lacrosse sticks at the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Quarterfinals - she has a huge smile on her face with googles on and bright red Maryland shirt with matching lacrosse stick © Equity IX - SportsOgram - Leigh Ernst Friestedt
#11 Caroline Steele - Maryland
#20 Taylor Hensh - Maryland - NCAA Women's Lacrosse - drives to goal against Penn defender © Equity IX - SportsOgram - Leigh Ernst Friestedt
#20 Taylor Hensh - Maryland
#1 Brindi Griffin cradles the lacrosse ball left handed looking to pass for Maryland - NCAA Women's Lacrosse © Equity IX - SportsOgram - Leigh Ernst Frietedt
#1 Brindi Griffin - Maryland

MIDFIELD

Maryland has one of the most athletic and skilled midfields in women’s lacrosse today.  Led by Jen GilesKali Hartshorn, Meghan Siverson and Freshman, Grace Griffin, the Terps have depth, strength and speed to wear down any opponent.

With the draws key to possession, the Terps have two draw specialists: Kali Hartshorn and Meghan Siverson.  Not only are both dominant on the draws but they are also scoring machines.  Hartshorn started all games earning 2017 Big Ten Freshman of the Year with 58 goals and leading the Terps with over 120 draws.  Siverson recorded 55 goals and 91 draw controls at Louisville and is a huge transfer for Maryland.    

#5 Jen Giles - Maryland Women's Lacrosse - 2017 NCAA Champions © Equity IX - SportsOgram - Leigh Ernst Friestedt
#5 Jen Giles - Maryland
#16 Kali Hartshorn drives to goa strong with a white head band and googles - Maryland - NCAA Women's Lacrosse © Equity IX - SportsOgram - Leigh Ernst Friestedt
#16 Kali Hartshorn - Maryland
#22 Grace Griffin top Freshman for Maryland Terps - NCAA Women's Lacrosse © Equity IX - SportsOgram - Leigh Ernst Friestedt
#22 Grace Griffin - Maryland

DEFENSE

#24 Julia Braig and other top Maryland women's lacrosse defenders huddle together in red jerseys after a goal - Maryland Women's Lacrosse Defense 2018 - NCAA Women's Lacrosse - Equity IX - Early Recruiting - SportsOgram - Leigh Ernst Friestedt - ZyGoSports

Maryland has the top defense in women’s lacrosse led by Julia Braig, Lizzie Colson, and Syracuse transfer, Kathy Rudkin.  The Terps defense has size and speed to shut down any attack and then break the ball all the way down the field on transition to the attack.  Rudkin is one of the fastest defenders in the game today with excellent body positioning, getting down low to anticipate an attacker’s next move.  

The Terps play a physical defense, making it difficult for any attack to penetrate.  They work together as a cohesive unit with veteran goalie, Megan Taylor.  Taylor’s instincts and poise in goal help her to come up with big saves at key times in a game which are key to the Terps success.

#34 Megan Taylor - Maryland Women's Lacrosse Goalie stops a shot with bright yellow jersey and helmet - 2017 NCAA Champions © Equity IX- SportsOgram - Leigh Ernst Friestedt
#34 Megan Taylor - Maryland Goalie
#33 Kathy Rudkin plays defense - Maryland - NCAA Women's Lacrosse © Equity IX - SportsOgram - Leigh Ernst Friestedt
#33 Kathy Rudkin - Maryland
#25 Lizzie Colson (Maryland) breaks ball out of defense against #14 Zoe Belodeau (Penn) © Equity IX - SportsOgram - Leigh Ernst Friestedt
#25 Lizzie Colson - Maryland

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