No. 10 Women's Lacrosse Edged by No. 2 Maryland, 10-9, in ALC/ACC Challenge Finale
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; April 8, 2007 - The No. 10 Penn State women's lacrosse team once again proved it can play with the nation's best, but came up just short in a 10-9 loss to No. 3 Maryland on Sunday afternoon in Holuba Hall. Just like the Nittany Lions' victory over North Carolina on Friday, the contest came down to the closing moments, but it would be the Terrapins that would score the game-winning goal with 1:01 left in regulation.
Penn State got off to a slow start, falling behind 3-0 before senior Karen Long (Ellicott City, Md.) got the Nittany Lions on the scoreboard 10 minutes in. The contest then became a game of runs, as the Nittany Lions' would tally the next three goals.
Junior Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.) scored the first of her two goals on the day as Penn State cut the lead to one. A minute later, freshman Theresa Bucci (Hudson, Ohio) found the back of the net to knot the game at 3-3. The Nittany Lions then took their first lead of the game when sophomore Marisa Lozano (Pittsburgh, Pa.) notched her 10th goal of the year.
After Maryland responded with two goals, Penn State found itself down once again. But a second goal from Theresa Bucci and a score from senior Lindsay Dutch (Ellicott City, Md.), netted with 27 seconds left, provided the Nittany Lions with a 6-5 lead at the break. Dutch was assisted by Jessi Lieb on the play, the junior's third of the half.
The Penn State attack sputtered early in the second half much like it did to start the game. Maryland scored four straight goals and held the Nittany Lions scoreless for over 17 minutes, seemingly putting the game away. However, Penn State showed that they would not go down without a fight.
Dutch slashed to the net and scored her second goal of the game with 13 minutes left, making the score 9-7. Then, sophomore Kerry Shea (Baltimore, Md.) netted her first goal of the game, cutting the Terrapin deficit to one. Lieb completed the three-goal comeback with a score at the six-minute mark, tying the game at 9-9.
But Penn State could not regain the lead and Maryland scored the winning goal with just over a minute to play. After making a career-high 20 saves on Friday night, senior goalkeeper Cammie Jurkowsky (Annapolis, Md.) had another solid performance by stopping 11 Terrapin shots. Overall, the game featured five ties and four lead changes.
The Nittany Lions head back out on the road next weekend, visiting Evanston, Ill. for an ALC conference showdown with two-time defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Northwestern (7-1, 1-0 ALC) on Sat., April 14. Game time is set for 1 p.m. ET at Lakeside Field. Northwestern's only loss this season came at the hands of North Carolina, the same team Penn State beat on Friday night.