PSU women’s lacrosse falls short. Penn State hangs in but drops a 17-13 game. The #7 Penn State Lady Nittany ( 2-2) took on third-ranked Northwestern (5-0).
Leah Holmes (2g,1a) and Taylor Pinzone (1g) staked Northwestern to an early 2-0 edge. Kara Nealon (2g,7a) single-handedly kept the Lady Lions in this and made it 2-1. Lindsey McKone (4g), Lauren Gilbert (6g), and another from McKone pushed Northwestern to a 5-1 edge at the 21: 52 mark.
Gretchen Gilmore (2g) on the free advantage put it to 5-2. Gilbert and Sammy Mueller (2g) pushed Northwestern to a 7-2 lead before Mary Muldoon (3g) followed by Regan Nealon (1g) closed the gap to 7-4. Izzy Scane (2g,1a) and Erin Coykendall (2a) setting up McKone and her 7th of the campaign made it 9-4 before Kara Nealon set up Kristin O’Neill (2g) that closed the half with Northwestern in charge, 9-5.
The Wildcats would go on a three-goal tear courtesy of an advantage goal from Lauren Gilbert, Izzy Scane, and one more from Gilbert. Olivia Dirks (1g) made it a 12-6 score. Gilbert would push it to 13-6 with her 26th of the season.
PSU fought back Kara Nealon assisting on the advantage that Brooke Barker (1g) cashed in. Leah Holmes netted her sixth before PSU rallied. It became the Kara Nealon show as she assisted on markers from Mary Muldoon, Gretchen Gilmore, and O’Neill with Muldoon closing it to 14-11.
Sammy Mueller, McKone, and Gilbert with 1:25 remaining sealed the deal. Maria Auth (1g) and Nealon closed the book on the 17-13 score.
Dis and Dat
Northwestern had the 35-24 edge in shots and held a 29-20 lead in shots on goal. Penn State led in saves, 12-7 with Northwestern hold a huge lead in Ground Balls, 27-8. The oddity is PSU walked away with a 20-12 edge in draws. PSU women’s lacrosse falls short.