Nothing could stop Maryland women’s lacrosse on offense in its first game of the season against William & Mary.
The Terps blew out the Tribe 18-7, taking their season opener by double digits for the 12th year in a row.
Maryland was paced by attackers Caroline Steele and Megan Whittle, who scored four goals apiece. Midfielder Jen Giles converted three times, and midfielder Meghan Siverson chipped in with two goals.
“[Steele and Whittle are] both great shooters, and the thing you’ll see from this team throughout this season is some days you’ll see more from some and different from others,” coach Cathy Reese said. “But they were both having really good looks today and able again to finish our shots.”
Maryland scored 15 times in the first half — more than it had in the entirety of its matchup against the Tribe last year.
The Terps came out firing from the opening draw, scoring four unanswered goals in the first three minutes en route to an 11-0 lead midway through the first period.
“Everyone was moving the ball really well, and we were all working for each other,” Giles said. “I was just super proud of the way everyone was a threat on offense no matter who was in.”
New NCAA rules allowing attackers more movement certainly played a role in the fast-paced game.
“It’s a totally different game,” Whittle said on playing with the new rules. “It plays really well into the game we play, which is athletic, very fast and just going to goal all the time.”
The game slowed down in the second half, as Reese split time between backup goalies Madison Hine and Emma Moss while subbing in players from the bench. Maryland allowed five goals in the second half compared to just two in the first, and the Terps failed to continue their own offensive pace.
Still, the easy win displayed the depth of the team, a trait that will be crucial going into upcoming road games against Florida and North Carolina.
“We got so many faces in the game,” Giles said. “Everyone was able to contribute and really build that confidence up, which will definitely help us moving forward.”