Feb. 21, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Caitlyn McFadden scored six goals as the No. 2 Maryland women's lacrosse team rallied from an early first-half deficit to drop No. 18 Penn State, 17-9, Sunday.
The Terps trailed by three heading into the locker room at the half but erupted for 14 second-half goals, including four from McFadden.
Maryland opened the second stanza with 11 unanswered goals, beginning with a Laura Merrifield unassisted score with a mere nine seconds elapsed in the period. McFadden, Lacrosse Magazine's National Preseason Player of the Year, knotted up the score with a pair of goals and Brandi Jones found the back of the net to give Maryland the lead with 27:01 remaining in the contest.
In addition to McFadden, Karri Ellen Johnson, Sarah Mollison, Katie Schwarzmann and Merrifield put up multiple-goal showings with two apiece. Johnson also added a team-high five draw controls, four ground balls and two assists to spark Maryland to its first road win of the 2010 season.
Defensively, Maryland put on a clinic in the second half, allowing only three goals from a Nittany Lion offense that came into the match averaging more than ten goals per contest. Senior Katie Gallagher picked up a game-high three caused turnovers and sophomore Brittany Dipper notched her second win of the year with four saves in the cage.
In total, 22 Terps landed on the score sheet Sunday as Maryland tallied a season-high 38 shots in the game.
"We really stepped it up in the second half today," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We struggled in the first half but pulled through, showed a lot of determination and played well in the second half. We were able to finish our shots and played good defense."
A radio broadcast of Sunday's match will be available at 5 p.m. Monday by logging on to www.wmucsports.com or by clicking on the link at the top of the page.
The Terps (2-0) return to action next Saturday with a heated Atlantic Coast Conference match at conference-rival Duke.