Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/21/21
From Press Releases
Sophomore Olivia Dirks (Epsicopal Academy) scored the go-ahead and game-clinching goals as part of a brilliant performance today as host Penn State stunned No. 7 Maryland, 15-13.
Dirks – the Phillylacrosse.com 2019 Co-Player of the Year – had five goals, four caused turnovers, three groundballs and a draw control. Also for No. 21 Penn State, sophomore Kara Nealon (Garnet Valley) had a goal, an assist and a groundball.
Nealon had given the Lions an 12-11 lead with 10 minutes to play and Dirks later made it 13-12 with 4:54 left. Hannah Leubecker tied it for the Terps 55 seconds later, but Dirks scored unassisted with 2:09 to play and iced it with her fifth tally with 44 seconds in the game.
The defeat was the first for the Terps in their history in the Big 10 – they are now 28-1. Maryland also had not lost its opener since 2006.
Penn State earned its first win over Maryland since 2005.
Freshman Kristin O’Neill collected two goals and two assists for Penn State, while junior Sophia Triandafils had two goals and an assist. Senior Maria Auth and sophomore Lauren Craft each tallied two goals. Freshman Gretchen Gilmore scored her first career goal. Sammy Dupcak was a major force in the middle of the field, collecting five ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers. In goal, Taylor Suplee made 14 saves.
Sophomore Libby May led Maryland with a career-high six points (four goals) to lead the way for Maryland while fifth-year Brindi Griffin, senior Catie May and sophomore Hannah Leubecker each had two goals apiece.
In her first game back after missing 2020 due to a torn ACL, Lizzie Colson tallied four caused turnovers to lead the defense. Maryland was down 8-4 at halftime and battled back in the second half, tying the game at nine and then trading goals with the Nittany Lions until Penn State scored the final two after the game was tied 13-13 with four minutes left. L. May tied the game twice, redshirt freshman Victoria Hensh scored her first career goal to tie the game at 12 and Leubecker evened the score at 13.
Freshman starting defender Kacy Hogarth (Agnes Irwin) had two groundballs and a caused turnover.