No. 8 Maryland women’s lacrosse suffers first Big Ten regular-season defeat, 15-13 to No. 16 Penn State | ROUNDUP
By From Sun staff and news services
Feb 21, 2021 at 9:20 PM
The No. 8 Maryland women’s lacrosse team suffered its first Big Ten regular-season loss since joining the conference in 2015, falling 15-13 to No. 16 Penn State on Sunday in its season opener.
The Terps, who have won three Big Ten tournament titles, are now 29-1 all-time in regular-season conference play. It’s also Maryland’s first season-opening loss since 2006 and first loss to the Nittany Lions since 2005.
Freshman Olivia Dirks scored five goals to lead Penn State (2-0), which was aided by 16 Maryland turnovers.
Sophomore Libby May had a career-high six points (four goals) to lead the way for Maryland while fifth-year senior Brindi Griffin, senior Catie May and sophomore Hannah Leubecker each had two goals apiece.
In her first game back after missing the shortened 2020 season because of a torn ACL, Lizzie Colson had four caused turnovers to lead the defense. Maryland was down 8-4 at halftime before rallying to tie the game at 9. The teams traded goals until Penn State scored the final two with four minutes left.
Cam Davis had 17 points for Navy (13-2, 10-1 Patriot League), which earned its fifth straight road victory. Richard Njoku added eight points with seven rebounds. Tyler Nelson also had seven rebounds. The Midshipmen were 53% shooting in the game (28 of 53).
Jamir Harris had 30 points for the Eagles (2-4, 2-4), the only scorer in double figures. Josh Alexander added eight points with five assists. Connor Nelson had eight rebounds.
A late 10-0 run for American cut the Navy lead to 67-58 with 49.5 seconds left. Summers rounded out Navy scoring with two free throws and a dunk.
Lehigh 76, Loyola Maryland 72: Reed Fenton scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures as the visiting Mountain Hawks beat the Greyhounds.
Evan Taylor and Dominic Parolin each scored 15 points and Ben Li added 10 for Lehigh (4-8 overall and in Patriot League), which shot 44.6% from the field.
Santi Aldama had 24 points, 18 rebounds, four blocks and two steals for Loyola (3-8, 3-8), which had its two-game winning streak ended.
Mount St. Mary’s 87, Bryant 49: Five players scored in double figures as the host Mountaineers ran away from the Bulldogs (6-9, 4-7 Northeast Conference) to complete the weekend sweep.
Mount St. Mary’s senior Kendall Bresee led all scorers with 18 points and added 10 rebounds for her eighth double double of the season. She went 11-for-12 from the free-throw line, helping the Mount (11-4, 10-2) go 17-for-20 at the stripe.
Freshman Jessica Tomasetti added 14 points in 20 minutes off the bench, while Michaela Harrison added 13 points to move within a dozen points of 1,000 for her career. Aryna Taylor and Bridget Birkhead scored 11 points apiece.
American 62, Loyola Maryland 52: The visiting Eagles outscored the Greyhounds 22-11 in the fourth quarter to pull away for a fourth straight win.
Isabella Therien recorded her fourth career double double on her Senior Day with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Loyola (0-10 overall and in Patriot League). Fellow senior Dulaney Connolly added five points and a pair of steals while making her 64th career start.
Jade Edwards led the Eagles (5-3, 5-3) with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Loyola finishes the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home against Navy.
Howard 67, Coppin State 45: Jayla Thornton scored a game-high 17 points to lift the visiting Bison (12-3, 8-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) over the Eagles (2-10, 2-8).
Nailah Delinois led Coppin State with a season-high 13 points. Jalynda Salley finished a point shy of a double double, recording nine points and 10 rebounds to go with two blocks and two steals.