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Women's lacrosse Game of the Week: No. 7 Northwestern at No. 3 Maryland

Left to right, Maryland's Grace Griffin, Brooke Robbins and Meghan Siverson celebrate their 11th goal against James Madison at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on March 24.
Left to right, Maryland's Grace Griffin, Brooke Robbins and Meghan Siverson celebrate their 11th goal against James Madison at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on March 24. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

No. 7 Northwestern (12-3) at No. 3 Maryland (15-1)

When: Thursday, 7 p.m

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Outlook: The Big Ten regular-season championship could be on the line when the two most successful teams in Division I women's lacrosse history meet for the 21st time. Since 1995, the two have combined for 18 national titles — 11 by the defending champion Terps. Maryland leads the series 14-6 and has won the past seven meetings, including last year's Big Ten tournament final, 14-6. Northwestern's most recent win came in the 2012 national semifinals. The Terps are 5-0 in the Big Ten and the Wildcats are 4-0 heading into Saturday's game against Rutgers (1-3). Both teams suffered their most recent loss to North Carolina — the Terps, 16-15, in overtime on Feb. 24 and Northwestern, 18-13, on March 17. The Wildcats also fell to No. 1 Stony Brook and to Duke. The teams are close in almost every statistical category. The Terps, however, entered Thursday having scored 30 more free-position goals, including 29 from Megan Whittle (McDonogh), who broke Maryland's all-time goal-scoring record last week and leads the Terps with 61 goals and 73 points. Selena LaSota leads the Wildcats with 41 goals and 12 assists.

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