PHILADELPHIA - No. 6 Penn did not do itself many favors in a matchup of top-six teams on Friday night, coming up short on numerous draw controls in a 12-6 loss to No. 2 Maryland.
The Terps finished the game with a 14-6 advantage in draw controls, a count quite similar to the one on the scoreboard at the end of the game. Maryland won nine of ten draws in the middle stretch of the game, helping turn a 3-3 tie into a 10-5 Maryland advantage.
Seniors Emma Spiro and Ali DeLuca led the charge for Penn offensively, each finishing with two goals. Giulia Giordano and Caroline Bunting each added a goal for the Red and Blue.
Maryland was buoyed by sophomore Karri Ellen Johnson. The reigning ACC Rookie of the Year had a game-high four goals, giving her 35 on the season. Kristy Black added three goals off the bench for the Terps.
The first half was tightly contested, with the largest lead a two-goal advantage for Maryland late in the half. Spiro opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the first five minutes after both sides turned the ball over on their opening possessions. Spiro's goal came moments after DeLuca hit the pipe on the game's first shot.
The Terps answered at 17:20 on a Katie Schwarzmann goal. Her goal was similar to Spiro's in that she followed up a hit post by a teammate to score. Just over a minute later, Johnson scored her first of the game to give Maryland the lead. Giordano countered at 10:15 with a free position strike for the Quakers.
After Caitlyn McFadden put Maryland in front, 3-2, Bunting scored her third of the season at 5:11 on a nifty individual effort to tie the game. Bunting was able to use her height advantage to get free in close and beat Mary Jordan.
That was the last goal Penn scored over a span of 13:53. The Terps, however, scored four times over that time frame covering the end of the first half and the beginning of the second. The Terps answered Bunting's goal with one 31 seconds later and then again at 3:01. Penn had a chance to strike back at the end of the half, but Erin Brennan bobbled a pass behind the cage and Maryland was able to run out the clock.
The Terps were able to add to their lead in the second half by going 2-for-1 with the Quakers three times. Maryland would score twice and then Penn would get one back. DeLuca was able to find twine twice in the second half, giving her 28 goals on the season.
In addition to her goal, Giordano was active on defense for the Quakers. She finished with three caused turnovers, picking up her own ground ball all three times. Barb Seaman had two caused turnovers for the Quakers. Emily Szelest had four saves in goal.
The Quakers are now 8-2 this season. Maryland keeps its perfect season going, upping its record to 12-0.
Penn is back in action on Sunday, hosting Columbia in an Ivy League tilt at 1 p.m. on Franklin Field.