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D1 women’s roundup: @TempleLacrosse wins 6th straught; O’Donnell (Henderson) scores in OT to lead @PennStateWLAX

Wednesday, 9th March 2016

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/9/16
From Press Release

Senior Rachel Schwaab notched a six-point game as the Temple lacrosse team made it six in a row with a 16-9 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday afternoon at Geasey field. The Owls move to 6-1 overall, including a 6-0 mark at home, while Rutgers dips to 1-6.

Schwaab led a Temple attack that broke a 1-1 tie with three-straight goals early in the first half and did not trail the rest of the way. The senior finished with four goals and a pair of assists, while seniors Brenda McDermott (North Penn), Megan Tiernan, and Avery Longstaff all added two goals and one assists in the victory.

Senior Nicole Tiernan added three points, while sophomore Nicole Barretta (Downingtown East) also had a multi-point game for the Owls. Junior Morgan Glassford (Strath Haven) helped Temple to a 16-11 advantage in draw controls, finishing the afternoon with six. Senior Jaqi Kakalecik got the win in goal, recording seven saves.

The teams traded goals to open the game before a three-goal surge put the Owls on top 4-1. Nicole Tiernan, McDermott, and Schwaab connected for Temple during the run. Rutgers countered, scoring three out of the next four goals to cut the Temple lead to 5-4. However, a 3-1 run for the Owls, including goals from Kirstie Connor, Megan Tiernan, and Anna Frederick sent the team into the break with an 8-5 advantage.

The Owls stretched their lead to 11-5 in the first three minutes of the second half, as Schwaab, Megan Tiernan, and Longstaff all tallied for Temple. From there, Rutgers got no closer than a four-point deficit, as Temple out-scored the Scarlet Knights, 8-4 in the frame, including the final three goals of the game from Glassford, Schwaab, and Barretta.

Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley) scored once for the Knights.

Penn State 18, James Madison 17, OT

The No. 9 Nittany Lion women’s lacrosse team rallied from four down to defeat James Madison as Katie O’Donnell (Henderson) scored in OT to win it. Madison Carter (Davidsonville, Md.) scored six goals and Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md.) tallied six points on four goals and two assists to pace the Nittany Lions.

Penn State (5-1) won its third straight game by never leading for a second of active game time as O’Donnell tallied her first goal of the day just 1:18 into sudden-victory overtime. The Nittany Lions trailed James Madison (2-5) 11-7 at halftime and needed a late three-goal rally in the final 6:50 just to force OT.

Down 17-14, which was Penn State’s fifth three-goal deficit of the game, the quick striking Nittany Lions found the net three times in a stretch of 2:21. Carter scored from a Cyr dish with 7:07 remaining before Cyr scored 17 seconds later on a Steph Lazo (Stevensville, Md.) assist. Lazo knotted the score a minute later at 17 setting up a frantic final set of minutes.

Lazo was issued a yellow card with 3:30 left and reserve netminder Cat Rainone (Marple Newtown) made a save during the disadvantage as Penn State cleared and set up a slew of PSU scoring opportunities that either went wide or were saved by JMU goalie Danielle Harmeyer (11 saves). Rainone made two saves in her 10:48 of action without conceding a goal.

Carter won the ensuing draw in overtime and O’Donnell scored with 4:42 left in the extra session for Penn State’s first overtime win since March 18, 2012 at Vanderbilt.

Helping to lead Penn State’s offense were Abby Smucker (Bel Air, Md.) and Kelly Daggett (Bainbridge, Pa.) who registered three points each. Smucker had a hat trick and Daggett had two goals and an assist for a career day.

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