Top 10 Roundup
William & Mary gets biggest win since 1995; PSU extends run
No. 1 Maryland 2, American 0
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland defeated American 2-0 on Sunday.
Maryland (14-0, 3-0 ACC) punched through with goals from senior Jill Witmer and redshirt freshman Emma Rissinger in the second half.
After a scoreless first half that included four total shots, Maryland’s offense finally broke through 13 minutes into the second. In the 49th minute, Witmer deflected in the first goal of the game and her 13th of the year off a penalty corner.
With 6:53 left to play, Rissinger tapped in freshman Mieke Hayn’s pass from the right corner to make it 2-0.
Maryland outshot American (8-4) 11-2. Senior goalkeeper Natalie Hunter made a stop to preserve Maryland’s fifth shutout of the year.
The Terrapins have won 12 consecutive against the Eagles dating back to 2004.
No. 3 Syracuse 3, New Hampshire 1
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse trailed at the half but its three goals in the second half were enough to rally the Orange to a 3-1 win on Sunday afternoon.
It took about 10 minutes into the second half for the Orange to score, but then it broke out for two goals in a 50-second stretch. Emma Russell scored her eighth goal of the season at the 46:59 mark and Lindsey Nerbonne assisted on the goal. Less than a minute later, Karlee Farr scored the game-winning goal on a turn-around shot.
In the 65th minute, Russell gave the Orange some breathing room. After Lauren Brooks' shot was saved, Russell was able to corral the rebound and buried her second goal of the game.
Jess Jecko made eight saves in goal for Syracuse. The Orange improved to 12-1 with the win.
No. 4 Connecticut 5, Boston University 1
STORRS, Conn. -- Sophomore defender Roisin Upton scored two goals and added two assists while junior forward Chloe Hunnable netted her team-high 14th goal to lead Connecticut past Boston University 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. With the win, UConn improves to 12-1 on the year while the Terriers slip to 8-5.
The Huskies are now 25-8 all-time against BU and have not lost to the Terriers since 2008.
UConn got on the board when Hunnable netted her 14th goal of the season with 54 seconds remaining in the first half. After the Huskies earned their third penalty corner of the game, Anne Jeute inserted the ball to Hunnable who played the ball to Upton at the top of the circle.
Upton then played the ball back to Hunnable on the wing and she drilled a shot past Valentina Cerda and into the back of the net.
While BU was able to hang with UConn in the first half, the Huskies’ offense exploded for four second-half goals, including three in the first 14:15 of the second stanza. Senior forward Marie Elena Bolles scored 1:05 into the second half after she redirected an Upton drag flick into the goal, giving UConn all the insurance it would need.
Upton then went back to back, scoring first at 46:02 and then again at 49:15, to give the Huskies a 4-0 advantage. Freshman back Montana Fleming got into the action with less than 10 minutes remaining when she took a feed from Anne Jeute and redirected it into the goal.
Senior goaltender Sarah Mansfield made two saves and allowed only one goal, a Nell Burdis score with 2:27 left in regulation. Valentina made nine saves for the Terriers.
William & Mary 2, No. 5 Virginia 1
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- William and Mary played good defense and took advantage of its opportunities on offense on Sunday, shocking Virginia 2-1. The Tribe upped its season record to 6-7 with the victory, while the Cavaliers fell to 14-3.
W&M pulled off the win despite being heavily outshot, thanks to strong goalkeeping by sophomore Cate Johnson. Playing in her hometown, Johnson made a career-best eight saves, and kept the Cavaliers off the board for more than an hour. Dating back to last Sunday's match against Towson, Johnson extended her own personal shut-out streak to two hours, 22 minutes, and 11 seconds before Virginia was able to score its only goal.
Johnson's play proved important, thanks to an early score by the Tribe offense that put the Cavaliers in an unfamiliar hole. Just seven minutes into the match, sophomore Pippin Saunders unleashed a shot from the top of the circle that blew by the Virginia goalkeeper and into the back of the cage. It was her team-leading sixth goal of the year, and proved to be the eventual game winner (Saunders' first of her career).
In the second half, Saunders sent the ball in to senior captain Chaney Manganello who teed it up for Taylor Hodge to blast into the boards and put the Tribe ahead 2-0. The tally kept Hodge even with Saunders at six goals apiece, while providing assists to both Saunders and Manganello (her third).
Virginia responded about two and a half minutes later, finally scoring off a corner, but even another timeout and pulling its goalkeeper with four minutes remaining to give it another attacker couldn't break Johnson and the Tribe defense. The Tribe victory was the first for an unranked team against Virginia since late in the 2011 season.
Other notable milestones hit Sunday for W&M including the first win against any ACC school since Sept. 29, 2004, when the Tribe beat No. 12 Virginia in Charlottesville, 5-4. The last time the Green and Gold beat a top-10 ranked opponent was also in 2004, a 2-1 win against No. 8 Old Dominion on Oct. 27, and the last win against a top-5 team was Oct. 5, 1995, when W&M beat No. 5 Virginia, 3-2 in Williamsburg.
No. 6 Boston College 4, Longwood 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Boston College shut out Longwood 4-0 on Sunday afternoon on Virginia's Turf Field. The Eagles (11-3) outshot the Lancers (5-9), 29-7, getting 18 shots on goal to Longwood's three. It marked BC's fifth shutout of the season.
The Eagles got on the board early, scoring on the first penalty corner of the game. Sophomore forward Kelcie Hromisin collected a rebound off Lancer goalie Kaye Goulding's pads and put it in to give BC a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute.
Freshman midfielder Eryn McCoy made it a 2-0 game in the 25th minute, scoring off classmate Virgynia Muma's rebound for her third of season.
Before the end of the half, sophomore forward AshLeigh Sebia increased the lead to three on a pass from Hromisin in front of the net. Sebia scored her fourth of 2013 with just 34 second left in the first frame.
In the second half, the Eagles notched one more goals as senior forward Chapin Duke scored her second of day off a pass from freshman forward Emily McCoy at the 61:39 mark.
Sophomore goalie Leah Settipane recorded three saves on the afternoon, while Goulding tallied 11. The Eagles had 10 penalty corners, to the Lancers' four.
No. 8 Penn State 8, Bucknell 0
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Penn State extended its winning streak to nine matches on Sunday afternoon, winning a hard-fought 2-0 battle against Bucknell on the road. With the victory, Penn State improved its record to 10-3 on the season.
The Nittany Lions did all of its damage in the opening 35 minutes. Jenna Chrismer and Lauren Purvis each scored as a result of penalty corner shots from Brittany Grzywacz.
The Nittany Lions earned their first penalty corner of the match in the 10th minute and immediately capitalized on the opportunity. Chrismer redirected a Grzywacz shot past the Bison keeper to put PSU on top 1-0. The goal was her fourth of the season and Grzywacz notched her first assist of the season.
Just seven minutes after the opening goal, the Blue and White struck again. Grzywacz unleashed a strike, forcing the Bison keeper to go to ground to make the save. Purvis immediately collected the rebound and shot the ball into the cage to double Penn State's lead at 2-0. The goal marked Purvis's fourth goal of the season.
No. 9 Princeton 2, Delaware 1
NEWARK, Del. -- An Amanda Bird goal in the 63rd minute lifted Princeton to a 2-1 victory against Delaware on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Tigers improve to 7-4 on the year.
On their second shot 11 minutes into the game, Michelle Cesan provided the Tigers with a 1-0 advantage. Cesan, a senior midfielder, took the ball in the circle and sent in the go-ahead goal off a backhand shot.
Delaware capitalized on a rebound in the 42nd minute to equalize things at 1-1. Clare O’Malley picked up Michaela Patzner’s blocked shot on her knees to break up Princeton’s shutout.
On its fifth penalty corner, Princeton struck again to retake the lead for good. At 62:32, Julia Reinprecht fed in the ball to Cesan and Bird was there with a perfect finish to score her first goal of the year.
Both sides finished with 10 shots apiece and Princeton held a 6-5 penalty corner advantage. Anya Gersoff tallied five saves to improve to 5-3 on the year in the cage.