PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team allowed No. 2 Maryland to score just 14 seconds into Wednesday night's game at Franklin Field, and the Terps never looked back as they dominated all facets of the game to defeat the Quakers, 15-5.
Maryland doubled its lead before the game was two minutes old, made it 4-0 before it was 13 minutes in, and held a 9-2 advantage. Given the extremely rainy conditions, the only drama in the second half was to see what the final score would be.
Iris Williamson had Penn's first goal, with 16:40 left in the first half, to briefly stop Maryland's opening run, but it was only brief -- the Terrapins scored just 22 seconds later, added another one 31 seconds after that, and then scored three more times in a span of 1:02. With just under 14 minutes left before the break, it was 9-1 Maryland.
Penn settled down on defense after that, and the only goal before halftime came from the stick of Lely DeSimone.
Tory Bensen answered Maryland's goal to open the second half, then she added a second tally midway through the period which made the score 13-4. DeSimone closed out the Quakers' scoring with less than eight minutes to play.
Lucy Ferguson started in goal for Penn, but was pulled late in the first half; she ended the game three saves. Her replacement, Carly Churchill, also had three saves in playing 35 minutes on Wednesday night.
Draws played a huge role in Wednesday's game. Head Coach Karin Corbett ran at least four different players into the circle during the course of the night, but none of them could stop the Terrapins who gained 18 of the game's 22 draws.
Penn returns to action on Sunday at Vanderbilt. The Quakers and Commodores will get going at 1 p.m.