#2 Terps Down #7 Penn State 14-7 Saturday

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Led by seven goals from Brooke Griffin and 21 saves by Abbey Clipp, the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team defeated No. 7 Penn State 14-7 on the road Saturday afternoon.

Maryland (4-0) notched its first win over a nationally-ranked opponent in 2014 with the seven-goal victory against future Big Ten foe Penn State. In addition to Griffin’s seven scores, Beth Glaros added a hat trick and Kristen Lamon, Erin Collins, Kelly McPartland and Taylor Cummings chipped in with one tally each. Clipp’s 21 saves is three stops shy of the Terrapin record held by Denise Wescott in 1977 which was also against the Nittany Lions.

Maryland took the early lead with five unanswered goals – including four from Griffin – before Penn State (1-1) rallied for its first score of the game at 18:51.  Griffin, who notched a season-high six points on four goals and two assists Wednesday against Boston University, scored first for the Terps, followed by a free position from Collins, and then three more from the redshirt junior.

Penn State cut Maryland’s lead to 5-2 with an Abby Smucker goal at 17:27 but goals by Glaros and Griffin extended the Terps cushion to five with 14:36 to play. Maryland and Penn State exchanged scores in-and-around the 10-minute mark for an 8-3 score at the half. Clipp had 12 saves in the first half alone as the Terrapin defense withstood a 21-12 shot deficit through the first 30 minutes of play.

McPartland put the Terps on the board first in the second stanza with a score 34 seconds into the period for a six-goal lead before Penn State notched a pair of scores in a two-minute span at 29:09 and 26:55. Griffin once again answered for the Terps, posting her 12th and 13th goals of the young 2014 campaign for an 11-5 score.

Following two final goals from the Nittany Lions by Madison Cyr and Smucker, Maryland tacked on three goals – including a pair from Glaros – for a 14-7 final.

Collins led the Terps with five draw controls and Glaros and freshman Zoe Stukenberg posted three each.

“Defensively, we were outstanding today and I thought we did a great job against a very good Penn State team,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “Abbey (Clipp) was an absolute wall in the cage for us and offensively, I thought Brooke (Griffin) was fantastic.”

Maryland continues its road stretch with a game at Hofstra on Tuesday. The contest is slated for a 5:30 p.m. first draw.