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No. 8 @PennWomensLax bows to No. 2 Maryland, suffers first loss.

Thursday, 22nd March 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/22/18
From Press Release

No. 8 Penn did all it could to claw back from a 5-0 deficit against defending national champion Maryland in the first half, but a mid-game run by the No. 2-ranked Terps stifled any hope of the comeback being completed by the Quakers in a 13-7 loss at Franklin Field.

With the loss, Penn (7-1) falls from the ranks of the unbeaten, having entered the game as one of four undefeated teams in the country.

Notes To Know…

The Quakers held Maryland’s No. 1-ranked Scoring Offense to its lowest scoring output of the season. Maryland had not scored fewer than 15 goals all season and entered the game averaging 17.14 goals-per-game.
Goalkeeper Mikaila Cheeseman made 14 saves, recording seven in each half. Her 14 saves ties her career high set last weekend at No. 20 Duke.
Defender Katy Junior (Radnor) had two groundballs and two caused turnovers.
The two teams combined for 66 total shots, with 47 of them hitting goal. Maryland’s Meghan Taylor had 13 saves to match Cheeseman’s 14.
After pretty much splitting the draw in the first half, Maryland holding a slight 7-6 edge, the Terps won all nine draw controls in the second half.
Emily Rogers-Healion had two goals and an assist, giving her 130 career points – No. 12 all-time by a Quaker.

How It Happened
The Quakers did not score until almost midway through the first half, going 0-for-7 until Zoe Belodeau took a Rogers-Healion pass and fired home Penn’s first goal with 15:29 to play in the first half. Unfortunately for Penn, Maryland had already scored five times. Jen Giles and Megan Whittle each had scored twice in that run, sandwiched around a Caroline Steel free position goal.

Belodeau’s goal started a 4-1 Penn run as the Quakers cut Maryland’s lead to 6-4 with 5:13 to play in the first half. Belodeau added another in that run, off a great pass from Caroline Cummings, while Erin Barry and Gabby Rosenzweig also scored.

It appeared the Quakers had all the momentum, but Maryland connected twice in the final 1:09 of the opening half to head to halftime ahead, 8-4. Brindi Griffin scored first with 1:09 left in the half, and Giles finished the first half with a free position goal just nine seconds before halftime.

Those two goals were part of a 6-0 Maryland run over a span of 19:19 as the Terps turned a 6-4 lead into a 12-4 advantage. Penn would finally end its skid with 15:54 remaining in the game off a Rogers-Healion goal. She would add a second with 6:02 remaining and Barry would cap the scoring with a goal in the final two minutes.

The Quakers are back at home on March 24, hosting Brown in Ivy League play at 3 p.m. The Quakers will honor their 2008 Final Four team during the game which will take place on Ace Adams Field at Penn Park.

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