No. 8 Penn at No. 1 Maryland Box Score (PDF)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A top-ranked Maryland team whose offense entered the game with 17+ goals in nine of 11 outings this season showed its firepower in the first half, scoring 10 goals on 15 shots to open up a 10-2 lead that they would not relinquish en route to a 16-4 win over No. 8 Penn Friday night.
The margin of victory is the largest by an opponent over Penn since Northwestern defeated the Quakers, 12-2, in the national semifinals in 2007. The four goals by Penn is the fewest since that game against the Wildcats.
Penn (7-2, 3-0 Ivy) had two chances to take an early lead, but each time Brittany Dipper made a big save. Her first was on a Caroline Bunting shot that was right at Dipper's stick. After Meredith Cain forced a turnover on the clear attempt, the ball worked its way back to Cain whose low shot was knocked aside.
Those opening five minutes, started by an Emily Leitner save and continuing with the extensive possession, were a good start for Penn. The Quakers did everything but score, and more chances of similar nature -- slow down the Terps and get good looks -- had to be on the minds of the Quakers.
However, after the big saves by Dipper, the Terps unleashed their potent transition game - with Beth Glaros moving down the left side and finding a streaking Katie Schwarzman in open space for the goal.
34 seconds later, Glaros got a goal of her own on a similar play. This time, she found herself alone in front and one-timed a Sarah Mollison pass top corner.
The Quakers won the ensuing draw and worked patient offense before Bridget Waclawik came out from behind the cage and beat Dipper high to get Penn on the board 9:10 into the game.
After a Bunting shot went wide and gave Maryland possession based on who was closer to the end line, Schwarzman scored her second of the game at 10:54 on a top-corner shot from a bad angle that was perfectly place above Leitner's left shoulder. Leitner did her job to cut down the angle, but the ball found the only open space.
Schwarzman didn't waste any time recording her hat trick as she picked off a Penn pass, broke in alone and went top shelf again two minutes after her second goal to give Maryland a 4-1 lead with 17:13 left in the first half.
Penn had trouble breaking Maryland's defensive pressure on its next possession, unable to make the clear and eventually turning the ball over. Mollison then made the Quakers pay with her first of the game, going five hole. Less than 25 seconds later, Laura Merrifield added on with a quick strike to make it 6-1.
Erin Brennan stopped the bleeding with just over 10 minutes left in the first half, drawing the first free position attempt of the game and bouncing a shot through Dipper's legs to cut the UMD lead to 7-2.
Merrifield's hat trick came on a free position goal with 8:07 to play in the first half. She went high to Leitner's left side for the goal, finishing off a transition sequence following a big save by Dipper on a nifty Brennan attempt with a bounce shot.
In the second half, the two teams traded goals in the first five minutes with Caroline Bunting scoring Penn's goal. After 10 minutes of scoreless play, Tory Bensen found the back of the cage once again for Penn, making it an 11-4 game with 15:25 to play. Schwarzman answered right back 1:09 later to add her fourth and regain the eight-goal lead for the Terps and end any chance of a Penn comeback.
Meredith Cain had three draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Quakers -- all team highs. Caroline Bunting also had three draw controls. Emily Leitner made nine saves in goal for the Red and Blue, equalling her career high. Six of those saves came in the second half as she did her best to give Penn a chance to rally.
The Quakers have a chance to get back in the win column right away as the Red and Blue take their 32-game Ivy winning streak to the Big Apple and Columbia at 11 a.m.