UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Lehigh women’s lacrosse team scored two of the game’s first three goals to take a 2-1 lead 10 minutes into the game, but #10 Penn State proved too much in a 15-7 win over the Mountain Hawks on Saturday. Sophomore Allison LaBeau led the offense with three goals and an assist while junior Kendall Garden filled up the stat sheet like Mountain Hawk fans have grown accustomed to.
“We are proud of a 60-minute effort today, but unfortunately, we hurt ourselves with too many turnovers,” said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. “Credit Penn State; they are a quality opponent with many threats.”
Garden finished with a goal, assist, groundball, three caused turnovers and two draw controls. Sophomore Lauren Beausoleil added five draw controls while senior Carli Sukonik, sophomore Krista Dampman and freshman Kierstyn Voiro scored the Mountain Hawks’ other goals.
Senior defender Michelle Abramczyk also enjoyed a stellar game, tallying two groundballs and a caused turnover. She also marked Penn State’s Maggie McCormick, who tied for the team lead in points last season. McCormick scored just one goal on the afternoon, which was in an unsettled situation, off an interception of a Lehigh clearing attempt.
Penn State broke the ice at 24:24 of the first half, but the Mountain Hawks scored two quick goals, beginning with Voiro’s first-career goal with 22:28 left in the first half off a feed from LaBeau. Sukonik made it 2-1 Lehigh just over two minutes later, but the Nittany Lions responded with the next four. Dampman pulled Lehigh within 5-3 then LaBeau rounded out the first-half scoring for the Mountain Hawks. Her first goal of the afternoon pulled Lehigh within 8-4 with 1:52 on the clock.
The Nittany Lions scored the first five second-half goals, but the Mountain Hawks used a 3-0 run to pull within 13-7. LaBeau scored twice then Garden added a goal with 11:53 remaining. Penn State scored the final two goals for the 15-7 final.
Final shots were 25-19 in favor of Penn State while the Mountain Hawks held a 12-11 edge in groundballs. Draw controls stood tied at nine. Sophomore Taylor Tvedt made six saves in her first-career start.
Lehigh’s will return home for its home opener on Friday, Feb. 20 against UC Davis. Gametime is set for 3 p.m.