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O’Donnell, Rainone, Haubold, Schmitt lead @PennStateWLAX past Princeton and into Final Four

Sunday, 21st May 2017

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/21/17
From Press Release

Freshman Maria Auth registered a career-high five points and four goals including the game-tying marker with 5:20 left in regulation to help lift fourth-seeded Penn State past No. 5 Princeton, 14-12, in NCAA Quarterfinal action this afternoon from the Penn State Lacrosse Field.

The Nittany Lions improve to 17-3 on the season and will make their second-straight NCAA National Semifinal appearance and 11th in program history when they battle No. 1 overall seed Maryland on Friday at 5 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Princeton sees its season end with a 15-4 overall record.

Junior Katie O’Donnell (Henderson) and sophomore Madison Carter added three goals apiece to help pace the offensive attack along with Auth’s performance. Carter also registered her second-consecutive game with a career-high 12 draw controls including nine in the second half.

Senior Cat Rainone (Marple Newtown) improves to 16-3 in cage after stopping 13 shots and grabbing four ground balls. Sophomore Kayla Brisolari registered the game-winning goal with 3:42 on the clock and also collected a game-high five ground balls on the afternoon.

Defensively, Lucy Haubold (Great Valley) had two caused turnovers, two groundballs and a draw control while Natalie Schmitt (Archbishop Carroll) had a groundball and a draw control.

The game was a back-and-forth affair that saw ten ties, six lead changes, and no team having more than a two-goal lead or a two-goal scoring run at any time until the Nittany Lions scored the final three goals of the game during the last 5:20 of game action.

Penn State opened the scoring with two quick goals just 36 seconds apart as Carter and Auth found the back of the net for the 2-0 lead just 2:43 into the contest, but the Tigers pounced back with a pair of their own to even the score.

Auth then scored back-to-back free-position goals to lift the hosts to a 4-2 lead at the 16:51 mark. That would be the last two goal lead until the final horn as Princeton continued to pressure and pulled back even with a Tess D’Orsi goal at the 11:43 mark for the 4-4 tie.

The teams traded goals leading into the intermission and junior Maggie Gallagher (Bel Air, Md.) gave the Lions the 6-5 halftime lead with her lone score of the day off a feed from senior Abby Smucker (Bel Air, Md.) at the 1:12 mark.

Princeton came out of the break poised and scored the first two goals just 26 seconds apart to grab its first lead of the contest after Allie Rogers fired one home for the 7-6 edge at the 28:42 mark.

The teams then traded two goals at a time for the next 13 minutes before Smucker buried her only goal of the afternoon at the 14:52 mark for the 11-11 tie. The game remained that way for the next nine minutes as both Rainone and Tiger senior net-minder Ellie DeGarmo made some big stops for their teams.

It was then Anna Doherty for the visitors who ended the scoring drought to give Princeton the 12-11 lead before the Lions went on to score the final three goals and secure the victory.

Auth tied things at 12-12 at the 5:20 mark before Brisolari’s free-position tally gave PSU the lead with 3:42 to play and O’Donnell sealed the contest with her third of the game at 1:41. Rainone made a pair of huge saves down the stretch to solidify the win.

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