DURHAM, N.C. – Behind stellar goalkeeping from junior Ayla Halus, Penn State picked up a big 2-1 victory against the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday afternoon. Penn State has now won its last two matchups with Duke.
Halus made a season-high 10 saves in the cage. Sophomore Lauren Purvis and junior Kelsey Amy each scored goals for the Nittany Lions.
Just 2:50 into the game, Duke’s leading scorer Emmie Le Marchand fired a shot on goal, but Halus made a save to keep the game even. Within the next three minutes, Halus would come up big again, making two more saves, one of which came on a penalty corner with 29:46 remaining in the first half.
No. 4 Connecticut 6, Villanova 0
STORRS, Conn. — Senior midfielder Ali Blankmeyer and freshman forward Chloe Hunnable each scored a pair of goals and sophomore goaltender Sarah Mansfield and the Husky defense posted their third-consecutive shutout en route to a 6-0 victory against Villanova on Saturday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs. With the win, the fourth-ranked Huskies improve to 6-0 on the season while the Wildcats slip to 2-4.
The Connecticut defense lowered its goals against average to 0.66 and it has now held the opposition scoreless for 262:15. Mansfield already boasts nine shutouts in her young career.
No. 9 Stanford 4, Pacific 0
STOCKTON, Calif. — Courtney Haldeman scored two goals, Hope Burke dished out two assists and Stanford overwhelmed Pacific 4-0 with a tremendous offensive performance on Saturday afternoon, securing a victory in its NorPac opener.
The Cardinals outshot the Tigers 23-5, scoring all four of its goals in a well-executed first period. Becky Dru and Alex McCawley also found the cage with goals for Stanford.
Despite a scoreless second period, Stanford continued to pressure by attempting eight of its 10 penalty corners.
The Cardinal scored all four of its goals during a 13-minute stretch midway through the first period.