Penn State Blows Out Ohio State in Women’s Lacrosse Showdown
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State women’s lacrosse (5-6, 1-3) scored early and often in a blowout of the Ohio State Buckeyes (8-5, 1-3) 21-5, for its first Big Ten win of the season on Thursday night at Panzer Stadium.
It was a career night for Maria Auth, who scored a career high six goals and had three assisits. Auth was one of four Nittany Lions who recorded a hat trick in Penn State’s highest scoring night of the season.
“We had a lot of players really doing well. Maria really stepped up goal scoring wise,” Penn State head coach Missy Doherty said. “Offensively we were on the same page and that showed with our looks at the cage, when we had the open looks we put the ball away.”
Penn State got on the board less than two minutes into the game with Quinn Nicolai scoring the first two goals of the game. The two teams would combine for 10 goals in the first 10 minutes with Penn State leading 8-2 thanks with Auth and Delaney Muldoon, who also recorded a hat trick tonight each putting in two a piece.
The Nittany Lions would continue the offensive onslaught taking a 14-2 lead into halftime with leading scorer Kayla Briolari and Auth each scoring two goals in the last 10 minutes of the first half, including Auth hitting eight seconds before the halftime buzzer.
“It’s been an up and down season, we worked really hard in practice this week,” Ault said. “We just put it all together tonight and I’m really proud about how hard this team fought tonight.”
The Nittany Lions would keep the foot on the gas in the second half not allowing Ohio State to even get close, let alone try to come back. Auth scored her fifth of the night, less than two minutes into the half, and Sophia Triandafils would score all three of her goals, as Penn State would add seven more in the second half.
“It was great to come out and play on fire and play together,” Doherty said. “I think it was one of the best games both offensively and defensively that we played together.”
Penn State will be back in action on Sunday against No. 8 Virginia at Panzer Stadium at 1 p.m.
Kevin McConlogue is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in political science. To contact him, Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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