Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Falls To No. 1 Maryland 20-10 In Final Four

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Penn State women’s lacrosse (17-4) made its second straight Final Four appearance Friday at Gillette Stadium against No. 1 seed Maryland.

The Terrapins prevailed 20-10 in their ninth NCAA semifinal showing in a row, where five different Maryland players scored hat tricks. They advance to Sunday’s national championship.

How It Happened

Freshman attacker Maria Auth built on a career five-point performance in Penn State’s 14-12 quarterfinal win over Princeton by scoring the first goal of the tournament in Foxborough on a free position. Maryland (22-0) went on a four-goal run to take an early lead over Missy Doherty’s Nittany Lions, but sophomore Madison Carter’s beautiful spin-move strike — her 70th of the season — cut the deficit to 4-2.

Maryland’s leading scorer, Megan Whittle, sandwiched goals around a Maggie Gallagher tally to make it 6-3 Terps with 18:22 left in the first half. Junior captain Katie O’Donnell found the back of the net on both ends of another three-goal Maryland run, leaving the Terrapins with a 10-5 advantage. Kali Hartshorn’s second goal of the game gave the Terps an 11-5 lead heading into the intermission. In total, five Maryland players finished the half with two goals apiece, led by Jen Giles’ game-high four points.

Madison Carter is only the fourth player in program history to score 70 or more goals in a season.

Giles kept up her strong play with two more quick goals to open the second half and give Maryland a commanding 13-5 lead over the Nittany Lions. Gallagher, a Bel Air, Md., native, scooped up a Carter rebound and beat sophomore goalie Megan Taylor to make it 13-6 with 21:31 to play.

Hartshorn joined Giles as the second Terp to record a hat trick, as the two connected to extend the lead to 14-6. Gallagher finished off a hat trick of her own before Big Ten Attacker of the Year Steph Lazo tallied her first goal of the game to make it 14-8, but Maryland scored five in a row to put things away.

Freshman Maria Auth finished with a goal and an assist for the Nittany Lions.

Whittle, Hensh, and Zoe Stukenberg each joined the hat trick club before O’Donnell finally put a halt to the Terps’ rally with her third goal. Hensh and O’Donnell each scored once more to cap the final tally at 20-10. Maryland outmatched Penn State in the draw control 22-10, making it nearly impossible for the Nittany Lions to rally back.

Player Of The Game

Jen Giles | Sophomore | Midfielder

The Ellicott City, Md., native finished with a game-high eight points (four goals) in Maryland’s victory.

What’s Next?

The Terrapins will face the winner of Navy-Boston College on Sunday at 11 a.m. for the national championship.

Photo By: Alex Bauer
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Ethan Kasales is a townie who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. He's majoring in Journalism and has a passion for Spanish. Ethan's a lifelong Penn State football fan and loves talking all types of sports with whoever will listen. In the winter, when it's way too cold in Happy Valley to play golf, he teaches snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. If you ever want to learn how to ride, he'd love to teach you. Ethan enjoys whistling along to everything from Bruce Springsteen to Action Bronson. You can follow him @easyEKasales or email [email protected]

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