By Alex Pacinda.
With the spring sports season well underway, we take a look at how the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams have fared thus far in 2017.
The University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team has been off to a challenging start with a 5-2 record – losing to Notre Dame and in overtime to Villanova.
Last season the Terps were Big Ten Champions, NCAA finalists and undefeated at home. If the team wants to have similar results this year, they’ll have to take W’s from their next conference games against Michigan on Saturday and Penn State on April 8.
The team has seen quite the careers from seniors Matt Rambo and Colin Heacock who are the leading scorers for this season.
In 2016, Rambo scored the most points in a single NCAA Tournament with 23 and was the first player to have 40 goals and 30 assists in a season. As for Heacock, his 2016 season led to career-highs in points (54), goals (42), and assists (12). The no. 10 ranked Terrapins will host Michigan on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, kicking off this spring’s Big Ten action.
Fresh off of a Big Ten Tournament win last year, the women’s lacrosse team is undefeated this season (10-0). In January, the team was ranked No. 2 in preseason polls, but has quickly pushed to the top of the NCAA rankings – after defeating teams like North Carolina and Florida.
The Terps have depended on top scorers like junior Megan Whittle and senior Zoe Stukenberg who have 31 and 27 goals, respectively, while sophomore Megan Taylor has had 102 saves in goal. The team will face other Big Ten opponents, including No. 1 Penn State and Northwestern in the next coming weeks, but they will kick things off with Michigan on Saturday at noon at their own Xfinity Center Pavilion.