Stanford Cruises Past Penn State
PALO ALTO, Calif. – With an 8-1 scoring run spanning halftime with two goals each from Lucy Dikeou, Kelly Myers and Alex Poplawski, No. 8 Stanford downed No. 10 Penn State 16-10 to improve to 5-1 on the season with its fifth straight win.
Dikeou and Poplawski tied for a team-high four goals in the contest, while Dikeou led the Cardinal with five points and six draw controls, followed by Kelsey Murray with four points. Anna Salemo added three scores on the afternoon and Myers had five draw controls. The Nittany Lions were led offensively by Jenna Mosketti, Katie O'Donnell and Madison Cyr with two goals apiece, while Steph Lazo had two assists.
Despite one tie six minutes into the first half, Stanford maintained its lead throughout the remainder of the match, jumping ahead to 5-2 on two tallies from Salemo and one from Elizabeth Cusick at the 20:55 mark. The Nittany Lions responded with goals from O'Donnell and Cyr, but they never surpassed their 2-0 spurts. Penn State and Stanford again traded goals before the Cardinal pulled away for a 12-7 lead at the half.
PSU sophomore midfielder Maggie Gallagher found the back of the net to start the second half, but a 4-0 Stanford run doubled the Nittany Lions' offensive output to take the score to 16-8. Natalie Schmitt and Madison Carter then scored one goal each for Penn State, but the Cardinal held on for the six-goal win.
Penn State had a 3-27 advantage in shots, but fell behind in draw ctonrols (17-10), ground balls (17-13) and scored on only three of nine free position shots. Stanford scored on its lone free position opportunity. Emi Smith had four saves compared to Allie DaCar's nine for the Cardinal.
Stanford now turns to face Johns Hopkins on the road on Wednesday, while Penn State will host non-conference foe Drexel on March 30.
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