Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/5/12
From Press Releases
Nineteenth-ranked Penn State earned a signature win for the program on Sunday, as the Nittany Lions knocked off No. 6 Virginia (3-2) in convincing fashion, 14-7, in women’s lacrosse.
The victory, which came against the highest ranked opponent in the Missy Doherty head coaching era, also emphatically snapped the Nittany Lions’ six-game losing streak to the Cavaliers.
In cold, blustery, and sometimes snowy conditions, Penn State (4-1) caught fire early and never looked back to claim its first win at the team’s new facility, Penn State Lacrosse Field. Freshman Maggie McCormick led the Nittany Lions with six points (2 goals, 4 assists) while senior Molly Fernandez (4 goals, 1 assist) and sophomore Mackenzie Cyr (3 goals, 2 assists) contributed five points each.
Senior goalkeeper Dana Cahill anchored a tremendous team effort on defense. The reigning ALC Goalkeeper of the Year again came up with several crucial stops, including three on Virginia free position attempts. She finished the game with nine saves. Seniors Theresa Zichelli and Colleen Shea combined to cause five of UVa’s 13 turnovers.
Senior defensive midfielder Aly Adams (Springfield-Delco) played a key role for the Nittany Lions.
The win overcame a strong effort by Virginia freshman Sloan Warren (Baldwin School), who scored four goals.
Jacksonville 14, St. Joseph’s 7
Nora McGuire and Anny Ananian each had a goal and an assist for the Hawks in their loss. Junior goalkeeper Alisha Aquilino (Abington) made 13 saves between the pipes for the Hawks.
James Madison 15, Fairfield 9
Annie Brophy (Archbishop Carroll) scored once and Alex Menghetti (Penncrest) made five saves to lead JMU.
Maryland 11, Hofstra 4
Maryann Miller (Ridley) scored once for the Pride in their loss to the Terps.
Notre Dame 16, Ohio State 7
Maggie Tamasitis (Boyertown) dished off five assists to lead the Irish. Gabby Capuzzi (Archbishop Carroll) scored once for the Buckeyes.
Virginia 14, Syracuse 10
The No. 1 Cavaliers topped the No. 3 Orange as Chris LaPierre (Shawnee) had a goal and five groundballs and Bobby Hill (Malvern Prep) scooped two groundballs.
Matthew Lderman (Episcopal Academy) made nine saves and yielded 10 goals for the Orange in 45 minutes.