No. 3 Maryland Starts Fast, Doubles Up No. 8 Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; February 22, 2014 Freshman midfielder Abby Smucker (Bel Air, Md.) and sophomore midfielder Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md.) led Penn State with a pair of goals each, but the No. 8 Penn State women's lacrosse team fell to No. 3 Maryland, 14-7, at the Penn State Lacrosse Field Saturday afternoon.

After Maryland (4-0, 0-0 ACC) jumped out to a 5-0 lead, the Nittany Lions (1-1, 0-0 ALC) made it a three-goal deficit midway through the first half while fighting as close to four goals on three additional occasions. Senior Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) added a two-point contest (1g, 1a), while junior Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.) and sophomore Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.) also scored.

The Nittany Lions out-shot Maryland by a 36-31 margin and held a 12-4 caused turnover advantage. The Terrapins won 12 of 22 draw controls and went 2 for 4 on free-position shots. Freshman goalkeeper Cat Rainone (Newtown Square, Pa.) made three saves in the opening half, while sophomore Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) turned aside 10 shots in relief.

After Brooke Griffin's fourth goal 9:02 into the first half gave Maryland a 5-0 lead, Penn State answered with a pair of strikes to make it a 5-2 game. Mosketti opened the Nittany Lion scoring with 18:51 left in the half, and Smucker followed after converting Cyr's pass less than two minutes later.

Maryland ended the opening 30 minutes on a 3-1 run en route to the 8-3 halftime advantage. After a pair of Terrapin goals, Mackenzie Cyr netted her second of the season with 10:37 left in the first. With 9:33 remaining, Maryland's Kristen Lamon put the Terrapins up by five.

The second half started with a quick Maryland strike before Lechner and Madison Cyr scored at 51 seconds and 3:05, respectively, to make it a 9-5 game. Junior Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) gathered her second assist of the season on Cyr's strike.

Maryland responded with a 5-2 run to end the game. Griffin added two of her seven goals to make it an 11-5 advantage before Madison Cyr netted her second of the game with 14:03 left in the contest. Smucker added her second with 12:16 left before Maryland scored the final three goals en route to the 14-7 final.

Penn State will return to action Tuesday, Feb. 25 when it hosts Duquesne at 7:00 p.m.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Led by seven goals from Brooke Griffin and 21 saves by Abbey Clipp, No. 3 Maryland defeated No. 8 Penn State 14-7 on the road Saturday afternoon.

Maryland (4-0) notched its first win over a nationally-ranked opponent in 2014 with the seven-goal victory against future Big Ten foe Penn State. In addition to Griffin's seven scores, Beth Glaros added a hat trick and Kristen Lamon, Erin Collins, Kelly McPartland and Taylor Cummings chipped in with one tally each. Clipp's 21 saves is three stops shy of the Terrapin record held by Denise Wescott in 1977 which was also against the Nittany Lions.

Maryland took the early lead with five unanswered goals including four from Griffin before Penn State (1-1) rallied for its first score of the game at 18:51. Griffin, who notched a season-high six points on four goals and two assists Wednesday against Boston University, scored first for the Terps, followed by a free position from Collins, and then three more from the redshirt junior.

Penn State cut Maryland's lead to 5-2 with an Abby Smucker goal at 17:27 but goals by Glaros and Griffin extended the Terps cushion to five with 14:36 to play. Maryland and Penn State exchanged scores in-and-around the 10-minute mark for an 8-3 score at the half. Clipp had 12 saves in the first half alone as the Terrapin defense withstood a 21-12 shot deficit through the first 30 minutes of play.

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