While Maryland has some of the top offensive threats in Division I in Megan Whittle, Taylor Cummings and Zoe Stukenberg, the Terps contingent of young players is proving that many of them can be go-to players, too.
In the No. 1 Terps' 14-9 win over No. 3 Syracuse on Saturday, sophomore midfielder Taylor Hensh turned in a breakout performance with four goals and an assist.
The Terps needed the Marriotts Ridge graduate's offense because the Orange put the clamps on Maryland's top three scorers. After Whittle (McDonogh) scored her first goal less than three minutes into the game, the Orange face guarded her and held her scoreless. Two-time Tewaaraton Award winner Cummings (McDonogh) did a lot of other things, but didn't score until the final seven minutes. Stukenberg, Hensh's former Marriotts Ridge teammate, scored just once.
Hensh scored the first goal of the game and tied it twice, at 5 and at 7, before adding a goal and an assist during the decisive five-goal run late in the second half.
She is no stranger to big scoring. She scored 87 goals her senior year to lead Marriotts Ridge to a state championship.
Stingy defensive game keeps Irish's Barbara Sullivan in Tewaaraton hunt: Notre Dame defender Barbara Sullivan caused seven turnovers in a game for the second time this season in the No. 5 Irish's 16-11 win over previously undefeated No. 7 Princeton on Sunday.
That tied a school single-game record, but it wasn't really a surprise. Sullivan, who holds the school career record with 122, also caused seven turnovers in a 13-9 win over Stanford on Feb. 13.
She had to be a true standout to be a 2015 Tewaaraton Award finalist, because, with all of the impressive attack and midfield statistics, it's difficult for a defender to be ranked among the top five players in the game. A two-time first-team All-American, she was the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Sullivan, a graduate student, has 30 caused turnovers this season, 3.33 per game — second most in Division I.
"It's like a broken record — Barbara does it again," Irish coach Christine Halfpenny said in a news release after Sunday's game. "We're good with that. We'll keep it being a broken record. She plays with tenacity.
"You're lucky if you get one defender like Barbara in all of your time coaching. I think that she is in the conversation of one of the greatest-of-all-time defenders. She's aggressive. She may get out of position but somehow she gets back in position. Talk about a kid who makes plays when you need to make plays."
Quick hits: Princeton junior goalie Ellie DeGarmo (Bryn Mawr) was added to the Tewaaraton Award watch list. ... Johns Hopkins senior Dene' DiMartino won the 200th draw of her career, making her the fifth Blue Jay to reach the milestone. … Four Division I teams remain undefeated — Maryland, Florida, USC and Cornell. … Maryland freshman goalie Megan Taylor (Glenelg) is fourth in Division I in goals against average at 6.20. … UMBC's Carolyn Jamison (Westminster) is sixth in total goals with 25. … Loyola Maryland's Jen Adams needs one win to reach her 100th as Greyhounds coach.