Fields and Whelan tally career highs in loss to No. 2 Maryland
Despite a career-high 16 saves from keeper Maddie Fields and a season-best five goals from freshman Katie Whelan, Hofstra women’s lacrosse fell 17-10 to No. 2 Maryland on the road Saturday afternoon
The Pride now sit at .500 on the season with a 2-2 record, while the Terrapins improve to 4-1. Maryland continues to dominate the all-time series, ticking on another win for a 7-0 record against Hofstra.
Whelan opened scoring for the Pride less than 90 seconds into the first half off a free position shot. With 17:58 to go in the first half, Hofstra held a 3-2 lead behind Alyssa Parrella and Whelan, but Maryland would spoil that with a five-goal rebound. Alexa Mattera would tack on another goal for the Pride, but four more goals from the Terps made it 11-4 going into halftime.
Hofstra came out strong to start the second half, scoring two of the first three goals and five of the first seven to begin bridging the gap and cut the deficit four as the game sat at 13-9 with 18:09 left. Whelan and Parrella led the team during the run with three and two goals, respectively.
Parrella has tallied at least three goals and four points in the first four games this season with the hat-trick and an assist on the day.
With their eyes set on a comeback, the Pride had their momentum halted by Maryland as the team was forced to call a timeout to stop the damage.
The Terps came out of the huddle to score three goals of their own behind Jen Giles and Megan Whittle and stake a 16-9 lead that was insurmountable for Hofstra overcome. Each team would score one more goal each in the last six minutes, but Maryland had sealed the win once they broke the Pride’s run earlier in the second half.
Whittle led Maryland with seven points on five goals and two assists. Giles had three goals and three ground balls for Maryland.
Whelan had only scored two goals this season before contributing five goals on the afternoon. She also added five draw controls. Fields previous career-high came against Columbia on April 1, 2017, when she made 15 saves.
Fields and Drew Shapiro each picked up a pair of ground balls.
The Pride returns to action on Tuesday to continue a three-game road trip that lands them in Quinnipiac for a 3 p.m. game.