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March 27, 2019 — The disruptor

TELESIDE, USA — Watching this evening’s women’s lacrosse game between Maryland and Princeton, there was one singular irresistible force on the pitch.

Her statline: four goals on 4-for-5 shooting, one assist, one steal, and 11 draw controls.

But what makes Kali Hartshorn the player she is — a recent addition to the Tewaaraton Trophy watchlist — are aspects of the game that aren’t counted in a box score. She hustled to back up errant shots, went after ground-ball pickups, and utterly disrupted anything that Princeton tried to get going after the Tigers fell behind early by five goals.

I’ve said before that Hartshorn is one of a long line of excellent draw-controllers that have stepped in the center circle for Maryland over the years, whether it has been Kelly Amonte-Hiller, Cathy Reese, Quinn Carney, Acacia Walker, Karri Ellen Johnson, Dana Dobbie, Taylor Cummings, or Zoe Stukenberg.

Hartshorn is very much their equal. It’s fun watching her play.