PHILADELPHIA--The No. 8 Penn women's lacrosse team scored 12 unanswered goals to put the game out of reach before Penn State scored five goals to close out the game.
In thefirst five minutes of the game the in-state match-up looked to be a tight contest with the team's splitting the first four goals. But the wind shifted as Penn's attack came on hard and scored eight goals before the break and picked up right where it left off with four more in the first 10 minutes of the second. In that streak, Chelsea Kocis scored a hat trick, Melissa Lehman completed hers (she score the first at 1:10 in the first period). Six other Quakers also scored in the game with Rachel Manson andEmma Spiro each scoring two.
Penn State was frustrated, by the Quakers suffocating defense that did not allow a goal for nearly 40 minutes of the game. But the Lions werenot down for the count and renewed its offensive efforts with five goals in the final 15 minutes to cut the deficit to seven.
Penn caused nine of PSU's 12 turnovers in the game and held its attack to just 14 shots--less than the Quakers had in the first half alone.
Both teams had two goalkeepers minding the net. Penn's Sarah Waxman made one save in 44:28 of play and turned the reins over to Emily Szelest who came up with three in 15:32. The Lions' started with Jess Boccio who made two saves and missed 12 in 37:40. She was replaced by Stephanie Ellis for the remaining 22:20. She made one save in that time.
The Quakers are back on the road Saturday to take on Ivy Leaguer Cornell at 4 p.m.