March 25, 2005
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Second-ranked Penn State outscored No. 11 Maryland 7-2 in the second half to overcome a 10-6 halftime deficit to win 13-12, Friday night at Navy Marine-Corps Stadium. Lori Havrilla led the Nittany Lions with six goals on the night, while Maryland's Acacia Walker countered with four goals and one assist in the losing effort. The Terps will face No. 13 Ohio State on Sunday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
"We're obviously disappointed because we played so well in the first half," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "Penn State is an excellent team and those three quick goals to start the second half made it a new game, and they went on to make the plays down the stretch and we just weren't able to."
The Terps (5-4) were extremely disciplined on offense in the first half, scoring 10 goals on just 19 shots. Maryland also dominated the play in the midfield to help control possession throughout the first half. Walker was dominant in the first 30 minutes for the Terps, scoring three goals and adding an assist and effectively moving the ball away from oncoming double teams.
After Penn State (6-2) took the early lead on a Lori Havrilla goal, Walker used a face dodge to get free from her defender and fired a shot from 10 meters. Dorney added another just over a minute later, working around the 8-meter arc and getting her shot off while falling to the ground. Maryland pushed its lead to 3-1 after Walker drew a double team outside the fan and found Dorney cutting to the net for a goal at 24:51.
Kirah Miles helped hold Maryland's lead, stopping Penn State on its next three possessions. However, after a turnover trying to get the ball out of its own end, Emily Chambers connected on a pass from Lindsay Hageman. Delia Cox used excellent one-on-one moves to get free for a goal at 17:38, followed by back-to-back goals from Brooke Richards, both of which were assisted by Annie Collins.
Havrilla converted a free-position attempt and Karen Long added a goal for Penn State to make the score 6-4, but the Terps regained momentum on a Kelly Kasper goal. Walker again drew attention outside the fan, and whipped the ball to Dorney before the double came, and Dorney found Kasper alone in front of the net. Walker then made the score 8-4 after making a tough catch and finish off a breakaway on the draw and added another goal three minutes later. Long added back-to-back free-position goals for Penn State, but Katie Doollittle sent the Terps into the half on a strong note after racing past two defenders down the field and off the draw and getting off her shot at full speed to give Maryland a 10-6 lead at the half.
Three Terps had four points in the first half with Walker (3g, 1a), Dorney (2g, 2a) and Collins (0g, 4a). Three of Penn State's six goals came on free-position goals.
Penn State jumped back into the game in a hurry in the second half scoring three straight in 2:30. The Nittany Lions won all three draws and quickly converted to make it a one-goal game with 27:30 left in the game. Walker stopped the PSU run by converting on a free-position goal at 24:08.
Havrilla sparked another 3-0 Penn State run, scoring on two unassisted goals. Jessi Lieb added a free-position goal to give the Nittany Lions their first lead since the first minute of the game with 16:30 remaining.
Kasper knotted the game at 12-12 with just under 10 minutes left on a free-position goal after drawing a foul on a strong move to the cage.
Shari Maslin notched the game-winner at 2:25 for PSU after working behind the cage, rolling out around the right side and getting free on a spin move just outside the crease. Maryland had one more possession, but a defensive check knocked the ball loose in the Terrapin offensive zone and Penn State was able to control the ball and run out the clock.
The Nittany Lions controlled the ball in the second half, winning 6-of-10 draws and limiting the Terps to just 11 shots. Goalie Lee Tortorelli stopped six of those shots to help keep Maryland off the board.
In goal for Maryland, Miles played 32 minutes and made four saves before giving way to Allie Buote. Buote played the game's final 28 minutes and allowed four goals making three saves.
The Terps will be back in action on Sunday against No. 13 Ohio State at 2:30 p.m. The Buckeyes lost a tough 10-9 decision to North Carolina in the first game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
#2 Penn State (6-2) 6 7 13 #11 Maryland (5-3) 10 2 12Game Notes
Delia Cox scored her 100th career goal ... she is just the 24th player in Maryland history to have 100 goals ... Annie Collins has at least one point in every game this season ... Collins had four assists against the Nittany Lions, tying a career high ... Jessica Dorney has a goal in every game this season ... Brooke Richards had 13 goals on the year, a career best.