Late Run Sends No. 8 Penn State Past Women's Lacrosse

March 5, 2016

Final Stats

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Steph Lazo scored four-straight goals late in the game to lead No. 8 Penn State to an 11-8 win over the Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team Saturday afternoon at Penn State Lacrosse Field.

The Greyhounds trailed 6-4 coming out of halftime but held the Nittany Lions scoreless for 24 minutes as they strung together a three-goal run to take a 7-6 advantage with 16:37 to play. Katie O’Donnell scored for the Nittany Lions at 10:50 to knot the score at 7-7 before Lazo’s four-straight goals put Penn State on top for good.

Freshman Taylor VanThof brought the final score to 11-8 by finishing a pass on the run from Margaret Filippelli with 55 seconds remaining in the game.

Freshman Hannah Powers led Loyola (1-4 overall) with five points on two goals and three assists. Junior Cami Whiteford also had two goals, while senior Maddy Blakeman, sophomore Frankie Kamely, redshirt freshman Sabrina Tabasso and VanThof all added one goal.

Lazo led Penn State (4-1) with four goals, while O’Donnell had three.

Penn State opened the game with three-straight goals by the 22:17 mark, but four-unanswered scores from the Greyhounds gave Loyola a 4-3 advantage with 11:34 to play in the first half. Powers scored first on a free-position shot at 20:14 and then assisted Blakeman at 17:13 and Kamely at 15:33 to knot the score at 3-3. Whiteford’s tally at 11:34 put the Greyhounds on top for the first time.

The Nittany Lions closed out the half with three-consecutive goals to take the 6-4 lead into halftime, though.

Defensively, seniors Maddy Lesher and Molly Wolf each had a game-high four ground balls, while Tabasso had three ground balls, three draw controls and a game-high four caused turnovers.

Loyola returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts No. 7 Virginia at 7 p.m.