PHILADELPHIA – A furious 6-0 run to close the game showed that No. 16 Penn has the ability to take it to the top-ranked teams in the country, but a middle stretch where No. 1 Maryland carried play was the difference in a 12-8 loss for the Quakers at Franklin Field.
The defending national champions showed why they are the No. 1 team in the country over the first two thirds of the game, building a 12-2 lead with 21:05 to play. After that goal, the Red and Blue rallied themselves and held the Terps off the scoreboard the remainder of the way while netting a half dozen goals of their own.
Goalkeeper Britt Brown again showed that she can be one of the top goalies in the country with a career-high 13 saves. She had seven of those saves in the first half, preventing the Terps from truly running away with the game. She was perhaps at her best when Maryland was on the line, rendering the Terps just 3-for-10 on free position attempts.
Brown’s efforts held Maryland to its second-fewest goals scored of 2016 as the Terps entered averaging 15.5 goals-per-game. Meanwhile, Penn’s eight goals scored against Maryland are tied for the second-most scored against the Terrapins this season.
Catherine Dickinson did her part to keep the Quakers in range early, scoring Penn’s first two goals on nice athletic plays near the goalmouth. After her second goal of the game with 15:36 to play in the first half, the Red and Blue struggled to mount any offense while the Terps went on an 8-0 run and turned a 4-2 game into a 12-2 affair with 21:05 to play.
From there on, Penn had the better of it. The Quakers held the Terps without a goal, held a 4-3 edge in draw controls, and held Maryland to just five shots – four of which were saved by Brown – as Penn started to feel some momentum.
Lely DeSimone had the first goal of the run for Penn, taking an Emily Rogers-Healion pass and scoring with 15:25 to play. Three minutes later, Alex Condon quick-sticked home a Nina Corcoran pass for the first of her three goals in the game.
Just 0:36 later, Caroline Cummings made a swift dodge just outside the crease and slipped in her fourth goal of the season, and Iris Williamson followed with a goal with 9:53 to play as she finished a nice solo drive to goal.
Condon would connect on the game’s final two goals, including a highlight reel goal with 7:39 to play. She took a Rogers-Healion pass in tight space, and while spinning around, went with an underhanded backhand shot through the keeper’s legs. Her final goal came with 2:12 to play, off a Corcoran pass to finish an attacking set started by a Megan Kelly ground ball at the other end of the field.
The Quakers had 16 ground balls in the game, led by Katie Cromie who had four. Condon was just as good on the defensive end as she was on attack, scooping up three ground balls of her own. Brooke Kiley, Megan Kelly, Iris Williamson, and Lely DeSimone each had two.
Condon had perhaps her best overall game as a Quaker against the nation’s top team. She finished with three goals, four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Cromie had three caused turnovers to complete her defensive effort.
Two-time Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor Cummings played a huge role in Maryland’s 14-8 edge on the draw, winning 10 by herself. Seven different players had a draw control for the Quakers, with Kiley winning a pair.
Cummings and Megan Whittle each had four goals for Maryland.
The Quakers return to Ivy League action on Sunday, taking on Dartmouth in Hanover at 1 p.m.