Penn State Women¡¯s Lacrosse Drops Heartbreaker To Maryland, 13-11
COLLEGE PARK, Md., March 29, 2002 -- The 11th-ranked Penn State womens lacrosse team fell to the seventh-ranked Maryland Terrapins, 13-11, Friday night in College Park, Md. Penn State drops to 3-5 on the season while Maryland improves to 6-3. Senior B.J. Lucey (Springfield, Pa.) and freshman Kristen Burke (Severna Park, Md.) each scored three goals for the Lions.
The Terrapins started off the scoring, recording a mark just over two minutes into the game. Junior Colleen OHara (Ardmore, Pa.) put Penn State on the board at the 25:37 mark and sophomore Katie Jeschke (Ellicott City, Md.) scored on a free position shot a minute and a half later. Luceys goal off a pass from OHara at 21:23 put the Lions up 3-1, but two Maryland goals, with 19:20 and 16:42 remaining tied the game at three. OHara scored again for the Lions on a pass from Lucey with 12 minutes remaining in the half to put Penn State up 4-3. That score would remain until the Terps went on a scoring run to end the half, as they tallied goals with 1:44, 1:27 and 1:16 remaining. Penn State sophomore Jamie Donahue (Oreland, Pa.) recorded her eighth goal of the season to pull the Lions to within one, 6-5, going into the half.
Less than a minute into the second stanza, Maryland scored two goals to go up by three. Lucey put away a free position shot to make the score 8-6 in favor of the Terps and Burke scored her first goal of the half off a pass from Donahue with 20:51 remaining. An unassisted goal by Lucey knotted the score at eight, but Maryland was quick to return the favor, scoring just 12 seconds later. Burke tallied Penn States ninth goal of the evening as the ball, which was checked from her stick, dribbled past the Terrapin goalkeeper and into the back of the net. With 15 minutes to play, Penn State senior Brooke Bailey (Wallingford, Pa.) took a pass from Lucey and fired in a shot to put the Lions up by one, 10-9. Burke then scored again, putting away a shot after a scuffle in front of the Maryland goal and forcing Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal to call a timeout. After the break, Maryland came out on fire, scoring four goals in the last seven minutes to retake the lead and hold on for the victory.
Penn State freshman Lee Tortorelli (Havertown, Pa.) recorded a career-high 20 saves in the contest, seven shy of the Nittany Lion record for saves in a game. The record is held by Janice Hvorecky, who recorded 27 saves against West Chester in 1976.
The Lions remain in College Park, Md., as they take on the Tarheels of North Carolina on Sunday, March 31 at 1:00 p.m.
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