BALTIMORE — The University of Maryland’s women’s lacrosse squad gave a repeat performance in the Big Ten championship game on May 5 at the University of Michigan.
Maryland crushed Penn State University 21-12 in that title game. Megan Whittle turned in an outstanding performance with eight goals and was named the tournament MVP.
That was a career high for her (eight goals), and Whittle now ranks one goal behind Gail Cummings for the second-highest number of goals in NCAA history.
“I loved our energy today throughout the whole game,” Maryland coach Cathy Reese said. “I think offensively we did a really nice job with our spacing in creating the open, and we had a lot of really good looks on cage.”
Kali Hartshorn added three goals and a career-best 15 draw controls. Maryland kept the ball away from Penn State and continually got good chances to score – and everything paid off.
The Terps will try and repeat as national champions, and they were picked as the No. 1 seed heading into the NCAA Tournament. Maryland gets a first-round bye and then will meet the winner of the Denver-High Point game in the second round at home on May 13.
Maryland has lost just one Big Ten game since the school joined the conference, and it heads into the NCAA Tournament with an 18-1 record and a 16-game winning streak.
UMD men’s lax falls
The Terps’ men did not fare as well in their Big Ten championship game. Maryland took an early three-goal lead, but Johns Hopkins rallied for a 13-10 victory on May 5 in Michigan.
Connor Kelly led the Terps with two goals and two assists. Will Snider scored back-to-back goals in the third quarter that put Maryland up, 7-5, but the Blue Jays took over after that.
Johns Hopkins scored six in a row, and the Terps never bounced back.
Despite that loss – as Maryland was trying to win a third straight Big Ten title – the Terps still earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Maryland will play the winner of the Robert Morris-Canisius play-in game on May 13 at noon at home.
The Terps come into postseason play with a 12-3 record and are trying to repeat as the NCAA champions.
Johns Hopkins comes in as the No. 5 seed and will play Georgetown University in a first-round game. The Blue Jays and Maryland could meet up again in the semifinals.
BSU softball pulls upset
Bowie State University used a 10-run seventh inning to rally for a 12-6 upset victory over Saint Augustine’s University (the No. 1 seed in the South) on April 30 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Softball Tournament.
That put the Bulldogs into the winner’s bracket, and they then lost to Winston-Salem University and Shaw University and were knocked out of the tournament.
Winston-Salem secured a no-hit performance against the Bulldogs in an 11-0 win, also on April 30. Shaw rolled to a 14-4 victory on May 1.
In the victory over Saint Augustine’s, Bowie State got five of its eight hits in that big seventh inning. Jacqueline Pickering posted two hits while Tiffany Bearns added two RBI. Pitcher Nicoleen Ochoa got the win for the Bulldogs. After losing the next two games, Bowie State finished with a 14-19 record this season.