No. 6 W. Lacrosse Keeps the Dream Alive with Two Major Wins
On Saturday, the women hosted Cornell in what would be perhaps the hardest test the team has had yet this season. Although the Blue and White walked away with a 9-8 win, the game was played down to the wire.
Steph Lazo (Stevensville, Md.) started the day with a perfect pass to Madison Carter (Davidsonville, Md.), who found the back of the net to give PSU the 1-0 lead over Cornell.
Cornell quickly responded, but senior Abby Smucker (Bel Air, Md.) returned the edge to Penn State as she sank a free position shot, 2-1.
After a half-hour weather delay, both teams were back in action and it was the Blue and White who came out with all cylinders firing.
Kayla Brisolari (Crofton, Md.) and Lazo each secured goals of their own to give PSU a significant 4-1 lead over the Bears.
The lead would not last for long as the momentum swung in Cornell’s favor and the Bears were able to tie things up 4-4.
Taylor Bleistein (Bayville, N.Y.) and Katie O’Donnell (West Chester, Pa.) worked hard to return the edge to Penn State, eventually rescuing the team by posting an 8-5 edge.
It was a combination of the winning goal by Maggie Gallagher (Bel Air, Md.) and an incredibly important forced turnover by freshman Kristin Roberto (Miller Place, N.Y.) that eventually gave Penn State the tools to pull of a 9-8 win over Cornell.
Penn State faced another worthy opponent on Thursday at home in the James Madison Bulldogs.
Standouts Smucker and Carter each notched a hat-trick to propel Penn State to a 12-9 victory over JMU.
Goals by Gallagher and O’Donnell helped set the victorious tone for Penn State early on in the first quarter as Kelly Daggett (Bainbridge, Pa.) contributed to at one point securing a 6-1 lead over the Bulldogs.
Despite a 9-3 lead at the half, JMU had a few tricks up their sleeves that propelled them to coming within one point (10-9) in the third quarter.
Lazo and Carter again worked tirelessly to pull Penn State through the battle and come out victorious. After securing goals, the pair ultimately led the team to a 12-9 victory over yet another hungry opponent.
No. 6 W. Lacrosse will face perhaps its toughest opponent yet when they host No. 10 Colorado this coming Sunday at noon in University Park.