Women's Roundup: Corcoran's Career-Highs Lift Penn
PHILADELPHIA – On a frosty night at Franklin Field with temperatures reaching 35 by the final whistle, No. 17 Penn edged past Rutgers for a 15-8 win behind senior Nina Corcoran's eight points, a new career high and the most by a Quaker since Erin Brennan had nine on March 7, 2012 against Rutgers. Her six assists were also a career high, tying for second-most all-time in a single game, trailing Brennan who had seven against Rutgers in 2012.
Penn scored the game's first seven goals, and netted 11 of the first 12 to build a comfortable lead. Iris Williamson followed up her four-goal outing at Duke on Sunday with four more goals against the Scarlet Knights (1-4). Lely DeSimone added three goals and Catherine Dickinson had two goals and an assist to give the senior class a total of 18 points in the game.
Eight different players had at least one goal for Penn in the rout, with Caroline Cummings, Alex Condon, Sarah Barcia and Lauren D'Amore each adding a goal.
Neither team scored in the first 12:37 of the game before Williamson opened the scoring. Less than a minute later, Corcoran gave Penn a 2-0 lead off Dickinson's assist. Then Penn went on a hot streak, scoring five times in a span of 6:06 to open a 5-0 lead. The Quakers held the Scarlet Knights off the scoreboard for 25:42 before Paige Paratore scored on a free position shot to give Rutgers its first goal of the game.
After a 7-1 first half, Penn went on a 4-0 run to open the second period and build a commanding 11-1 lead. All four goals came over a span of 5:22, two each from Williamson and DeSimone. The Scarlet Knights outscored the Quakers 7-4 in the final 19:34, but the comeback wasn't enough to overcome Penn's early lead.
Virginia Doubles Up William & Mary
Led by junior Posey Valis' team-high four goals, No. 8 Virginia (4-1) downed William & Mary 16-8 on Wednesday night at Klöckner Stadium. Kasey Behr, Kelly Boyd, Maggie Jackson and Kelly Reese each tallied three points. Ten different players found the back of the net for the 'Hoos.
Virginia scored the first five goals in the game, including four in just under seven minutes, and held William & Mary without a goal for nearly 15 minutes in the opening half. The Cavaliers led by as many as 10 in the game to earn their third-straight win at home.
"I really liked the energy and the speed we played with all day," Virginia coach Julie Myers said. "I think we made a few mistakes because of our speed, but I like that we are resilient. It was a great team effort tonight. We were able to rotate everyone through and had some young kids getting their first goals, first draws, first big plays so just a great team-night overall."
UVA outshot the Tribe, 39-26, and finished with eight assists on the 16 goals. Virginia had the edge in ground balls (23-15) and draw controls (16-10). The Cavaliers also forced 15 turnovers, while only committing nine. William & Mary recorded 14 saves, all by goalkeeper Alex Lista, to eight for the Cavaliers. Lindsey Jenks, Shannon Quinn and McKinley Wade scored two goals apiece for the Tribe.
Seven Virginia freshmen made their collegiate debut in the win. Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Vander Kolk earned the win in goal, finishing with seven saves.
Navy's Defense Stifles George Washington
Holding George Washington without a goal for 54:38 minutes, the second-longest span in program history, Navy defeated the Colonials 9-1 Wednesday evening at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
"Despite our offensive struggles in the first half, our defense picked up the slack and showed how chaotic it can be, both in the defensive third and in transition," Navy coach Cindy Timchal said. "I can not say enough about how crucial our senior leadership is in the defensive third with Lizzy [Rullan] and Molly [Doyle]. Those two know when to step up when our offense is struggling."
For the second-straight game, Navy's offense struggled in the first half, scoring just three goals in 30 minutes. Seniors Katie Gallagher and Codi Mullen combined for four points on three goals and an assist during the first half.
The Colonials finally got on the board as Olivia Boudreau found Gabbi Hull in the middle of the 8-meter and finished the play to cut the deficit to six, 7-1, with 5:22 left in the game.
Jenna Collins and sophomore Tara Siefert tallied Navy's final two goals of the contest to earn the 9-1 victory. Gallagher paced the offense with a game-high four points on three goals and one assist. Hubley led on defense with a career-high three caused turnovers and one ground ball. Navy goalkeeper Ingrid Boyum tallied six saves, while GW keeper Adele Wise had nine.
High Point's Meier Posted 100th Point
Led by senior Emily Meier's four points, High Point (2-2) slipped by Villanova for a 10-9 win at home. Meier posted a career-best three assists on the night, while also becoming the eighth player in program history to reach the 100-point plateau for her career.
The Panthers trailed 9-7 midway through the second half, but HPU held the Wildcats scoreless over the final 17:43 and posted the final three goals of the game to claim the team's second-straight victory.
"We executed extremely well at the end of the game," High Point coach Lyndsey Boswell said. "I was disappointed with how we started the game slowly, but the girls came back and gained momentum in the second half. We received outstanding effort from our defenders late in the game and I'm extremely happy with how our freshmen are playing and contributing for our program."
The Panthers held large advantages in shots (24-15) and ground balls (24-14). The team's 16 caused turnovers were the most by the Panthers since HPU tallied 17 against Presbyterian last April.
Freshman midfielder Samantha Herman had a breakout game with her first career hat trick while adding career highs in ground balls (4) and caused turnovers (3).
Grote Propels New Hampshire Past Holy Cross
Senior attacker Nicole Grote matched her career highs in both goals (four) and assists (four) to finish with a personal-best eight points and lead New Hampshire in Wednesday afternoon's 16-6 victory against Holy Cross. Her eight points marked the highest total by a Wildcat since April 6, 2013, when classmate Laura McHoultallied nine points (two goals, seven assists).
Holy Cross struck first on Tess MacKay's goal at 28:37, but New Hampshire rattled off seven consecutive goals to build a 7-1 lead with 8:55 remaining in the first half. Grote ignited the run at 27:53 with her first goal of the game and had four points to hand UNH a 5-1 lead. Holy Cross scored the final three goals of the first half to cut the Wilcats' lead to 7-4, but UNC continued to dominate, outscoring the Crusaders 9-3 in the second half.
New Hampshire had the avantage in both shots (23-11) and draw controls (18-5), the latter led by Devan Miller who tallied a team-high 10 draw controls. A total of eight Wildcats recorded a point. Laura McHoul and Catherine Sexton had four points each.
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