Women's Lacrosse Completes Comeback In Overtime Win At No. 13 Penn State
The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team erased a seven-goal, second-half deficit and junior Hannah Powers scored the game-winning goal in overtime to secure the Greyhounds a 16-15 upset win over No. 13 Penn State at the Penn State Lacrosse Field Saturday afternoon.
Loyola (1-2 overall) faced a 13-6 deficit at the 24:12 mark of the second half, but the Greyhounds strung together an 8-2 run to pull even at 14-14. Katie O'Donnell put Penn State back in front at the 7:12 mark, but Loyola eventually got its game-tying goal from senior Frankie Kamely, with 28 seconds to play. Junior Kady Glynn then saved the Nittany Lions' desperation attempt with four seconds to go, sending the game to overtime.
The Greyhounds entered the overtime period two-men down due to a yellow and green card issued towards the end of regulation, but Rosenzweig won the opening draw control, allowing the Greyhounds to run out the penalty time. Powers then drove the right side and scored her third goal of the game two minutes and 10 seconds into the overtime period.
Rosenzweig and senior Hannah Savage led the Greyhounds with five points each, while junior Taylor VanThof finished with a team-best four goals. Rosenzweig registered her first collegiate hat trick in the contest, finishing with three goals and two assists, while Savage contributed one goal and a game-high four assists.
Kamely and Powers also turned in hat tricks, with three goals each, while freshmen Sam Fiedler and Elli Kluegel added one goal apiece and classmate Liz Scott rounded out the scoring with an assist.
For Penn State (3-2), Madison Carter scored a game-high five goals and Maria Auth added four.
Kamely started the scoring in the game, netting two goals before Penn State had earned its first possession. The Nittany Lions pulled even with back-to-back goals by the 25:56 mark, but Rosenzweig's unassisted tally at 24:58 kept Loyola in front for the moment, at 3-2.
Penn State would answer with seven-straight goals though, pulling ahead 9-3 at the 5:17 mark. Savage halted the streak by scoring at 3:08 before assisting VanThof at 1:38. The Nittany Lions won the ensuing draw control, but the Greyhounds' defense withstood the pressure and gained possession with less than 10 seconds to go. Off a quick transition, Scott found Rosenzweig for the fast-break goal to send the Greyhounds into halftime down three, 9-6.
Loyola was unable to carry its momentum into the second half though, as the Nittany Lions scored the first four goals of the period to pull ahead seven, 13-6, at 24:12. That's when Loyola started its comeback, stringing together six-straight goals - from VanThof, Rosenzweig, Kluegel, VanThof, Powers and VanThof again, respectively - to pull within one, 13-12. Auth scored for Penn State to hold off the Greyhounds, but two-more scores from Fiedler and Powers saw Loyola pull even at 14-14. O'Donnell netted her free position shot for PSU after that before Kamely's game-tying goal.
Defensively, junior Kristen Yanchoris finished with two ground balls and three caused turnovers, while Glynn came up with 11 saves in 51 minutes of action. Freshman Kaitlyn Larsson also made her collegiate debut in the game, finishing with one save.
Rosenzweig and VanThof each finished with seven draw controls.
Loyola will return to action on Wednesday when it hosts Towson in its home opener. Opening draw is slated for 7 p.m.