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April 23, 2015 — Maryland 13, Penn State 10

POSTGAME That’s all for now; have a good evening

POSTGAME If you read the blog earlier this week, you’ll have noted that the sign of good competition is that you’ll see something you haven’t seen before. I guess this incident is an indicator of the Big Ten having arrived as a high-performance women’s lacrosse conference

POSTGAME But the PSU comeback was stalled when Smith went out injured. In a game where goalies are protected by rule as well as by equipment, this rarely happens 

POSTGAME Credit Penn State for its second-half comeback, however. The opening 11 minutes saw the Lions pull to within one. If nothing else, the comeback is a marker thrown down by the Nittany Lions for next week’s Big Ten tournament

POSTGAME Maryland won the game with an opening salvo in the first 11 minutes that should frighten just about every other rival

FULL TIME And that’s the end of the game; Maryland wins 13-10

59:38 PSU YELLOW Loiseaux is off for two

58:45 Penn State works the ball around the zone but fumbles it out of bounds 

53:06 UMD GOAL Taylor Hensh gives Maryland a 13-10 advantage

49:50 PSU GOAL Moskietti from an impossible angle and Penn State pulls to within 12-10 

47:48 PSU GOAL Lazo scores in the fan and Penn State cuts the lead to 12-9

47:22 UMD GOAL Stukenberg rolls it in from the crease and Maryland is up 12-8

45:43 TV TIMEOUT

45:43 PSU GOAL Lazo scores from an extremely a tight angle and Penn State pulls to within 11-8

43:49 UMD FP and GOAL Kelly McPartland from the right hash and Maryland is up 11-7

43:22 UMD FP and GOAL Cummings scores from the right hash and the Terps lead 10-7

42:23 TV TIMEOUT McKenna Coyle, a freshman, now goes into goal for Penn State

42:34 UMD FP and GOAL Cummings from the center hash and Maryland leads 9-7

41:00 Emi Smith, the Penn State goalie, is down injured with a twisted knee; she refuses assistance getting up

39:59 PSU GOAL Steph Lazo from the tightest of angles and the Maryland lead is one!

37:25 PSU GOAL We now have a game; Tatum Coffey opens her account and the lead is down to 8-6

36:40 PSU GOAL And just like that, O’Donnell finds Mosketti and the Terrapin lead is cut to 8-5

36:21 PSU GOAL Katie O’Donnell knifes in front and scores; Terps still lead 8-4

30:00 The second half is under way

HALFTIME One sequence typified the half; with about three minutes to go, Penn State was running its attack, fired a shot on goal, and failed to have anyone behind the goal for backup; a stunning mental error

HALFTIME As much as Maryland was able to assert its physical and athletic dominance (especially in the first 10 minutes), I think the Lions were unprepared mentally

HALFTIME The horn sounds with Maryland up on Penn State 8-3

25:00 UMD GOAL Whittle pings the top corner where Mom hides the Thin Mints; the Terps lead 8-3

15:07 TV TIMEOUT Thus far there are a couple key matchups. One is Cummings marking Coffey on the defensive end; I find it interesting that a low defender isn’t taking Penn State’s most heralded offensive weapon. On the other end, sophomore Natalie Schmitt is marking Whittle and is almost overplaying her as if to try to shut her off; that is a big mark of respect on the part of the Penn State defense

15:07 PSU GOAL Mosketti with a steal off Stukenberg; Ally Heavens finishes the delayed fast break to bring her side a bit closer; Maryland up 7-3

13:22 PSU GOAL Jenna Mosketti finds the top corner but Maryland leads 7-2

11:43 UMD GOAL Lamon is left open in the middle again and finishes Stukenberg’s pass; Terps lead 7-1

11:02 PSU GOAL Madison Cyr answers but with Maryland leading 6-1 the road back seems to be long for the Nittany Lions

10:42 UMD GOAL Griffin finds Lamon for the goal and the hosts lead 6-0

9:55 The frightening thing is that if Maryland continues at this rate, the final will be 30-0

9:55 UMD GOAL Stukenberg with a lefty finish! 5-0 Terps

8:03 TV TIMEOUT

8:03 UMD GOAL A curling Zoe Stukenberg takes a Kelly McPartland pass in stride and finishes. It’s 4-0 Maryland

4:25 UMD FP and GOAL Kristen Lamon from the left hash and it’s 3-0 Maryland! They are looking to control this game early

0:44 Not the start the Nittany Lions wanted, surely

0:44 UMD GOAL Cummings with the brace and the Terrapins lead 2-0

0:10 UMD GOAL Taylor Cummings wins the draw and scores straightaway! What a start! Terps up 1-0

0:00 The game is on

PREGAME Penn State is in the navy with white trim; Maryland is in the white trimmed with the motifs of the Lord Baltimore and the George Calvert coats of arms that make up the state flag

PREGAME The teams are warming up under clear and breezy skies, temperatures around 50

PREGAME One key for Penn State is freshman Katie O’Donnell — no, not the USA field hockey player, but the daughter of Hall of Fame umpire Jen O’Donnell who scored more than 400 lacrosse goals at West Chester (Pa.) Henderson and also did a fair amount of scoring on the hockey pitch as well

PREGAME The key to the Nittany Lions attack will be the play of Tatum Coffey. One of the leading goal scorers in National Federation history, she caused a sensation when she chose Penn State. She will have to step it up due to several injuries in the Penn State lineup

PREGAME The Terrapins’ five-pronged attack of Taylor Cummings, Zoe Stukenberg, Brooke Griffin, Megan Whittle, and Kelly McPartland may be the most awesome attack unit since the Maryland teams of the late 90s and early 00s that included the legendary Jen Adams and Quinn Carney

PREGAME More importantly, both teams are 4-0 in the Big Ten. This game is therefore the de facto Big Ten regular season championship game; the winner receives the No. 1 seed to next week’s postseason tournament at Rutgers, a sizable trophy, and some outsized expectations

PREGAME Penn State is 12-3 on the season, Maryland is 16-0

PREGAME Hello, and welcome to The Lacrosse and Field Hockey Complex (yep, we’re calling it that) at the University of Maryland for this showdown between No. 14 Penn State and No. 1 Maryland

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