Women's lacrosse: Franke's 13 saves help No. 13 Princeton beat No. 6 Penn State
By From Sun staff reports
Apr 28, 2013 | 1:54 AM
Caroline Franke (Severn) matched a career high of 13 saves to anchor the defense as host No. 13 Princeton defeated No. 6 Penn State, 14-8, at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.
Offensively, Sam Ellis had a career game with four goals and two assists. Erin McMunn (Winters Mill) also had a six-point game with three goals and three assists. Jaci Gassaway (Severna Park) reached a milestone, scoring her 100th career goal.
The Tigers (10-5) started with a 4-0 run, of which Ellis had two. Princeton would never relinquish the lead and led by as many as six goals. The Nittany Lions (11-5) could get within only two. Penn State's scoring leaders each had three points: Kelly Lechner (three goals) and Maggie McCormick (one goal, two assists).
Second-seeded Princeton will face third-seeded Dartmouth in Friday's Ivy League semifinal at 4 p.m.
No. 4 Northwestern 15, No. 18 Penn 8: The host Wildcats (15-2) opened and closed the game on 3-0 runs and beat the Ivy League champion Quakers (9-5).
Erin Fitzgerald scored a game-high four goals and Kelly Rich added three for Northwestern, which scored the most goals since a 16-3 decision over Harvard on March 16.
After taking a 6-3 lead into halftime, Northwestern led by as many as six goals after opening the second half on a 4-1 run. But Penn, which entered the game having won nine of its past 10 outings, hung tough and eventually pulled to within three with 13:26 to play.
Northwestern next faces the winner of No.6 Penn State/Vanderbilt on Thursday in Friday's American Lacrosse Conference semifinal at 4:30 p.m. in Baltimore.
No. 9 Stony Brook 17, Binghamton 6: Behind a seven-goal performance from Demmianne Cook, the host Seawolves (14-2, 6-0) claimed their first America East regular-season title.
No. 10 Notre Dame 14, Marquette 5: Betsy Mastropieri scored four goals, Jenny Granger had five points (one goal, four assists) and Jamie Morrison had a hat trick to power the host Fighting Irish past the Golden Eagles (2-15).
The Sea Gulls host York, a 12-5 winner over Mary Washington, in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game Saturday.
Stevenson 17, Lycoming 6: The visiting Mustangs (15-1, 8-0 Commonwealth Conference) have won 15 straight.
Washington College 13, McDaniel 6: Corinne Ziccardi (Loch Raven) scored four goals to lead the Shorewomen (13-4, 6-4 Centennial Conference) past the Green Terror (9-8, 5-5).
Washington College broke open a 5-4 halftime lead by scoring the first seven goals of the second half. The two teams will do it again Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the conference tournament opener.
Susquehanna 15, Goucher 7: Erin Reifsnyder put the host Gophers (7-9, 0-4 Landmark Conference) up 6-5 late in the second half, but the Crusaders (15-0, 4-0) scored the next eight goals to take control.
Immaculata 16, Notre Dame (Md.) 4: The host Mighty Macs (11-6, 5-3) scored three goals in the first 1:07 and never looked back in the quarterfinals of the Colonial States Athletic Conference tournament.
Widener 17, Hood 1: The visiting Blazers (3-12, 0-8 Commonwealth Conference) finished their season on a nine-game losing streak.