No. 15 Women¡¯s Lacrosse Falls to No. 8 Maryland, 16-7, at ALC/ACC Challenge
COLLEGE PARK, Md.; March 24, 2006 ¨C The No. 15 Penn State women¡¯s lacrosse team suffered its first road loss of the season Friday night, falling to No. 8 Maryland, 16-7, in the first of its two scheduled games at the ALC/ACC Challenge. The loss evens the Nittany Lions¡¯ record at 4-4 while the Terrapins, in winning their fourth straight, lift their season mark to 7-3.
Penn State will get a shot at redemption on Sunday when its faces No. 5 North Carolina at 12:00 p.m. in College Park, Md. The Tar Heels knocked off fellow ALC member Ohio State, 9-4, earlier in the evening in the tournament opener.
The Lions found themselves down 3-0 three minutes into the game before Lori Havrilla (Devon, Pa.) cut into the Terps¡¯ lead with her 16th goal of the season. For the next 14 minutes, Penn State traded goals with Maryland and remained within striking distance. Havrilla, Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.), and Lindsay Dutch (Ellicott City, Md.) accounted for the scores. The Lions¡¯ leading point scorer, Shari Maslin (New City, N.Y.), assisted on Lieb¡¯s goal. However, two Maryland goals before the end of the opening period extended its lead to 8-4.
After the Terrapins added a goal 27 seconds into the second period, Maslin netted her team-best 20th score of the year less than a minute later to keep Penn State within four of Maryland. But the Lions would be outscored 7-2 through the remainder of the contest and go down to defeat for the fourth time this season. Megan McGuire (Eldersburg, Md.) and Karen Long (Ellicott City, Md.) combined for one goal while Lieb tallied the other, her second of the game.
Goalkeeper Cammie Jurkowsky (Annapolis, Md.) faced 31 Maryland shots, collecting eight saves while allowing 16 goals.
Maryland¡¯s top offensive weapon, Delia Cox, came through for the Terps, recording five goals and three assists. Goalkeeper Allie Boute also contributed a clutch performance, registering 11 saves against 26 Penn State shots.
After taking part in the ALC/ACC Challenge this weekend, Penn State will return home to take on No. 20 Loyola on Sun., April 2 at 1:00 p.m. in a game tentatively scheduled to be played outdoors at Jeffrey Field.