No. 15 Women's Lacrosse Ends Regular Season with 17-10 Loss to No. 13 Johns Hopkins
The loss relegates Penn State to the No. 5 seed in next week's inaugural American Lacrosse Conference Tournament, to be hosted by Johns Hopkins, and sets up a first round match-up with No. 4 seed Ohio State.
Penn State found itself down early, as Johns Hopkins, led by the nation's top scorer Mary Key, jumped out to a 3-0 advantage after the game's first five minutes. Two goals netted off free positions by Long and a score from junior Kim Kontson (Davidsonville, Md.) got the Lions back into the game and pulled them even with the Blue Jays.
Johns Hopkins would then wrest back control of the game over the next nine minutes, outscoring Penn State, 4-1. Kontson's fourth goal of the season and second of the game accounted for the Lions' single score.
Penn State would then turn the tables on Johns Hopkins by putting together a 4-1 run of its own. Two more goals from Long and single scores by sophomore Kerry Shea (Baltimore, Md.) and freshman Erica Mihm (Annapolis, Md.) knotted the game at 8-8. But the Blue Jays would respond with two goals before the end of the half and take a 10-8 lead into the break.
The second half belonged to Johns Hopkins, as it outscored Penn State, 7-2, and earned a 20-9 shot advantage. Freshman Maria Valderas (Catonsville, Md.) tallied the first goal of the second half but the Lions would not score their second until the 16:07 mark and then not again for the remainder of the game.
The Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes will kick off the 2007 ALC Tournament on Thursday when they meet at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field in Baltimore. Penn State will be seeking payback after suffering a last-second 9-8 loss to Ohio State on April 20 at Jeffrey Field.