Thursday, May 19, 2016

Maryland remains undefeated

Senior midfielders Bryn Boucher and Taylor Cummings each had hat tricks while freshman midfielder Jen Giles scored twice. Junior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg and sophomore attacker Taylor Hensh each scored one goal. Cummings also posted three ground balls, four draw controls and four caused turnovers. Defensively, senior Alice Mercer led the way with a career-high five caused turnovers and four ground balls. In cage, freshman Megan Taylor made eight saves. Hopkins started the scoring 1:29 into the first half, but the Terps responded with a 4-0 run, including two goals from Whittle. The Blue Jays’ Emily Kenul scored twice to pull within one before Maryland closed the half with another 4-0 run. Cummings, Whittle and Giles all found the back of the net on free-position opportunities in the last 11:11 of the first, and Whittle added another goal to have four in the half. The Terps entered halftime with an 8-3 lead. Cummings started the second half with a goal just 24 seconds in off a low, rolling shot. Boucher was able to score with a swarm of defenders around her to bring the lead to 10-3 at 27:59. Johns Hopkins scored three straight before Hensh stopped the run at 15:15 off a feed from Giles. 
 Cummings scored her third of the game just a minute later before Kenul notched two more for the Blue Jays. Stukenberg and Boucher ended the game with two free-position goals in the last 4:02 as the Terps took the 14-8 win. Maryland outshot Hopkins 30-19 and held a 17-11 advantage in ground balls. Draw controls were even, 12-12.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Gators season ends

 It was a game of inches and seconds Sunday in Florida's NCAA Tournament Second Round game at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Ultimately, the Penn State Nittany Lions (13-6) netted the goal that counted in a 14-13 overtime win against the No. 2 Seed Gators (18-2) to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals next weekend. A total of 10 ties laced the battle at The Diz as the two teams squared off on a hot day in Gainesville for the right to be one of eight standing following Sunday's games. It took sudden-death overtime to determine the winner and PSU emerged victorious with 2:45 left on the clock. Florida out-shot Penn State, 39-23, and won the draw control battle on the day, 16-14, but the Nittany Lions won arguably the two most important draws in OT. Penn State worked to an 8-7 lead at the half in regulation, just the second time Florida trailed at the half all season (Maryland), but the Gators were up for the challenge. Just 40 seconds into the second half, redshirt senior Tewaaraton Award Finalist Nicole Graziano struck with the equalizer. Penn State didn't back down. The two squads traded scores for a 10-10 tie before PSU went up 12-10, then it was Florida's turn for a three-goal splurge for the 13-12 lead. Jenna Mosketti tied the game 13-13 with 11:21 in regulation. Florida stalled, setting up for the final shot of the game. After an unsuccessful UF free-position attempt with 21 ticks on the clock, freshman Sydney Pirreca had 11 seconds to get a shot off. The dribbler hugged the goal line, flirted with the turf on the other side, toyed with the Gator players and crowd, but was ultimately ruled a PSU save that sent the game into OT.