Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/3/10
No. 6 Penn did not do itself many favors in a matchup of top-ranked teams on Friday night, coming up short on numerous draw controls in a 12-6 loss to No. 2 Maryland at Franklin Field.
The Terps finished the game with a 14-6 advantage in draw controls, winning nine of ten draws in one key stretch to help turn a 3-3 tie into a 10-5 advantage.
Seniors Emma Spiro and Ali DeLuca led the charge for Penn (8-2) offensively, each finishing with two goals. Giulia Giordano and Caroline Bunting each added a goal for the Red and Blue.
Maryland (12-0) was buoyed by sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson. The reigning ACC Rookie of the Year had a game-high four goals, giving her 35 on the season. Kristy Black added three goals off the bench for the Terps.
The first half was tightly contested, with the largest lead a two-goal advantage for Maryland late in the half. Spiro opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the first five minutes after both sides turned the ball over on their opening possessions. Spiro’s goal came moments after DeLuca hit the pipe on the game’s first shot.
The Terps answered at 17:20 on a Katie Schwarzmann goal. Her goal was similar to Spiro’s in that she followed up a hit post by a teammate to score. Just over a minute later, Johnson scored her first of the game to give Maryland the lead. Giordano countered at 10:15 with a free position strike for the Quakers.
After Caitlyn McFadden put Maryland in front, 3-2, Bunting scored her third of the season at 5:11 on a nifty individual effort to tie the game. Bunting was able to use her height advantage to get free in close and beat Mary Jordan.
That was the last goal Penn scored over a span of 13:53. The Terps, however, scored four times over that time frame covering the end of the first half and the beginning of the second. The Terps answered Bunting’s goal with one 31 seconds later and then again at 3:01. Penn had a chance to strike back at the end of the half, but Erin Brennan bobbled a pass behind the cage and Maryland was able to run out the clock.
The Terps were able to add to their lead in the second half by going 2-for-1 with the Quakers three times. Maryland would score twice and then Penn would get one back. DeLuca was able to find twine twice in the second half, giving her 28 goals on the season.
Louisville 12, Old Dominion 8
Bergan Foley (Gwynedd Mercy Academy) scored two goals to lead the Cardinals (6-3).
Ashley Kellogg (Downingtiwn West) had four goals and Lisa Bernardini (George School) added three for ODU (2-5).
North Carolina 19, Virginia Tech 3
Emily Garrity (Strath Haven) had two goals and an assist to help the No. 3 Tar Heels (9-1, 2-1) roll in the ACC.
Stanford 19. Fresno State 4
Amanda Schwab (Harriton) tallied four goals and Julie Christy (Conestoga) had two goals and two assists to help the Cardinal (7-4) coast.
Muihkenberg 20, Bryn Mawr 3
Goucher 16, Gwynedd-Mercy 13
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