COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior co-captain Lea Salese scored her fifth goal of the season late in the second half against Maryland, but it wasn't enough for the Penn field hockey team to overcome the No. 2 ranked Terrapins, 3-1, Wednesday night at Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse complex.
Maryland put some quick numbers on the board, scoring just 1:29 into the game and again at the 20:44 mark. Jackie Ciconte scored for the Terps (10-0) on a deflection from Tiffany Marsh to take the early 1-0 lead. Marsh then scored an unassisted goal with 15 minutes remaining in the first half, which would eventuallyprove to bethe game-winning tally.
Penn (3-4) neededjustmore thana minutein the second stanza to put the ball into the back of the goal, asSalese found the ball in front of the net and put in her team-leading fifth goal of the season whichcut the Maryland lead to 2-1. It was the first goal Terps goalie Christina Restivohad givenup in four games.
Marsh, however,put the game away when she added another goal several minutes into the second half.
Junior netminder Elizabeth Schlossberg made a season-high 10 saves in the net, and senior defender Kelly McFadden made a defensive stop --the first of the season for the Quakers.
Penn returns to Franklin Field Wednesday, Sept. 28 against cross-town rival and nationally rankedVillanova (17th) at 7:15 p.m.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications