DURHAM, N.H. - The 16th-ranked Penn State University women's lacrosse team scored five quick goals to open the second half and pull away for a 13-8 victory against the University of New Hampshire at Memorial Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Penn State (6-8) led 5-4 at the half and netted five goals in 3:14 to build a 10-4 advantage. Molly Ford (five goals) ignited the rally 47 seconds into the second half. Christine Kenney and B.J. Lucey potted goals 21 seconds apart, then Jennifer Webb (four goals) struck at 27:51 and 26:46.
Ford scored her fifth of the game at 16:46 to extend the cushion to 11-4. Jessie Groszkowki (Reistertown, Md.), the reigning Rookie of the Week in America East, trimmed the deficit to 11-5 with the help of Kristin Andruszkiewicz (Beverly, Mass.) at 16:05.
A pair of Penn State tallies sandwiched around a Megan Mangano (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) goal made it 13-6 with nine minutes to play. Stephanie Keefe (Newton, Mass.) and Hilary Maynes (Freeport, Maine) scored in the final two minutes to cap the scoring.
PSU goalkeeper Megan Ames recorded 10 saves. Amanda Warren (Amherst, N.H.) stopped one shot and surrendered nine goals before exiting the game with 27:51 to play. Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) made seven saves and allowed four goals the rest of the way.
Penn State opened the scoring 23 seconds into the game and led 3-0 before Colleen Christopher (Newington, N.H.) put New Hampshire (5-7) in the scoring column at 24:12. After yielding the next goal, UNH rallied to tie the game on goals by Sue Yund (Castleton, N.Y.), Christopher and Meagan Clavin (Hanover, N.H.). Ford's third goal of the game put the visitors back on top, 5-4, before halftime.
UNH concludes its four-game homestand April 20 against Boston College. Game time at Memorial Field is 3.30 p.m.