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Roundup: UConn beats defending champs

No. 2 Maryland 4, No. 7 Massachusetts 1

AMHERST, Mass. -- Maryland overcame a tough first half to win at Massachusetts 4-1 on Sunday. Sophomore Anna Dessoye scored her first of two goals with 35 seconds to play before halftime to open the scoring.

Maryland (10-0, 2-0 ACC) was held scoreless through the first 34 minutes. The Terrapins’ powerful offense threatened throughout the first half until Dessoye punched through. She dribbled it to the left side of the circle, then sent a high shot into the right side of the cage. The Terps would lead the Minutewomen (7-4) 1-0 at the break.

Redshirt freshman Emma Rissinger made it a two-goal lead for the Terrapins in the 46th minute when she brought it in, then tucked it past the UMass goalkeeper. Four minutes later, Dessoye added her second goal for a 3-0 lead. Alyssa Parker sent a pass from the right side in front of the goal then Dessoye finished it off.

Lindsay Bowman of the Minutewomen put them on the board with just under 11 minutes to play off a rebound.

Senior Hayley Turner finalized the score at 4-1 when she sent in Parker’s pass with less than a minute to play. 

Senior goalkeeper Natalie Hunter notched three saves, all in the second half, as the Minutewomen took nine shots in the second period.

No. 3 Connecticut 1, No. 10 Princeton 0

STORRS, Conn. -- Sophomore back Roisin Upton scored her fifth goal of the season late in the second half to lift Connecticut past defending national champion Princeton 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn. With the win, UConn improves to 9-0 on the season while the Tigers slip to 5-3.

The Huskies improve to 13-7 all-time against Princeton and won their first game against the defending national champion since defeating Old Dominion 3-0 on Oct. 9, 1999.

UConn is also 4-0 against ranked teams this year and 3-0 against opponents ranked in the top-10. The Huskies are 20-7 in their last 27 games against ranked teams.

Upton’s game winner came at the 62:20 mark. UConn created three consecutive penalty corner opportunities in a two-minute span and, after failing to capitalize on the previous two, Upton cashed in on the third. She dribbled the ball from the top of the circle to the right wing and struck a shot that was redirected by a Princeton defender and into the top left-hand corner.

Upton, the reigning Big East Defensive Player of the Week, is now tied for second on the team with five goals and leads the squad with five assists. The game winner was the first of her career.

UConn All-American goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield was outstanding once again and lowered her goals-against average to 0.97 en route to registering the 23rd shutout of her career. 

No. 4 Virginia 2, Liberty 0

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Virginia earned its second consecutive shut out, blanking Liberty 2-0 on Sunday in Lynchburg, Va. in the first meeting between the two teams.

Senior forward Elly Buckley scored both of the goals for the Cavaliers. Junior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone made one save in the team's fourth shutout of the season and the second of the weekend including Friday's 3-0 victory at Wake Forest.

Virginia improved to 11-1 while Liberty fell to 5-4.

The score was knotted at 0-0 until Buckley took a hard shot on goal that deflected off the pads of the Liberty goalkeeper. Buckley rounded up the rebound and fired off a second shot, breaking the deadlock 23 minutes into the second half.

Liberty, trailing by a goal with five minutes remaining in the game, pulled its goalkeeper to add an extra attacker. Virginia quickly got the ball down into the attack zone and earned a penalty corner opportunity. Buckley converted the chance, firing off a shot past the line of defenders and into the empty net to give UVa. an insurance goal with three minutes left in the game.

No. 6 Stanford 2, No. 11 Albany 1

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Dulcie Davies made a season-best 16 saves and Stanford scored twice in 29 seconds to earn a 2-1 victory on Sunday at No. 11 Albany.

Kasey Quon tapped in a rebound off a penalty corner in the 38th minute to give Stanford (7-2, 1-0 NorPac) a 1-0 lead early in the second half. Less than half a minute later, Jessica Chisholm added a second for the Cardinal, finding the net on a deflection off a long feed from outside the circle.

Albany's (9-1, 0-0) Paula Heuser scored 44 seconds after Chisholm at 38:46 to cut Stanford's lead in half. However, the Cardinal defense held strong and kept Albany off the board to secure the victory.

No. 8 Penn State 4, Indiana 0

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Penn State won its Big Ten opener for the fourth consecutive season on Sunday, as the Nittany Lions cruised to a 4-0 win against Indiana. The victory improves the Blue and White’s record to 7-3, winners of six consecutive games.

The Nittany Lions scored twice in the first half off goals from Ashtin Klingler and Abby Fuhrman and then added two more goals in the second courtesy of Taylor Herold and Klingler to cement the victory. Klingler and Herold are now tied for the team lead in goals with seven apiece.

The Nittany Lions got off to its best start of the season, as Klingler scored the opening goal within five minutes of action off a penalty corner set piece. Klingler has now scored in five of the last six matches. On the Blue and White’s fifth penalty corner of the match, Fuhrman fired a shot from the right side of the circle past the keeper to double Penn State’s lead to 2-0 in the 20th minute. The score marks the first goal and point of Fuhrman's, a senior defender, Nittany Lion career. Assisting on the play was Laura Gebhart, picking up her ninth assist of the season.

Herold got in on the scoring action 12 minutes into the second stanza, as she scored off a rebound just to the right of the cage for her seventh goal of the season to increase the Lion lead to 3-0.

A little more than a minute later, Klingler scored her second goal of the match, shooting from the left of center into the left corner of the cage to give Klingler, a senior, her first multi-goal match of the season and fifth of her career.

The shutout is Penn State’s fourth of the season, all coming in the previous six matches. The Nittany Lions have now outscored its opponents 17-4 during their current six-match win streak. Kylie Licata is now tied for the Big Ten lead in shutouts with four.

No. 9 Boston College 3, Northeastern 0

DEDHAM, Mass. -- Boston College earned a 3-0 victory against Northeastern on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles (8-2) tallied their fourth shutout of the season as the Huskies (3-6) could not get on the board.

The first two BC goals were scored on corners by freshman midfielder Emily McCoy, bringing her season total to seven, tying for the team lead with junior midfielder Emma Plasteras.

After the two teams played almost a full half without a goal, McCoy put the Eagles on the board with 1:30 to go. Plasteras inserted to McCoy, who nailed the ball past NU goalie Becky Garner to put BC on top.

In the 53rd minute of the game, Plasteras inserted to senior back Hannah Mulvey for the stick stop. McCoy took a straight shot again for her second score of the game.

The Eagles pressured NU to keep in the ball in their offensive end and with 14 minutes to go in the game, on the free hit going in, freshman Leah Frome knocked in her first career goal as the Eagles swarmed the cage. Plasteras tallied her third assist of the day on the score and leads the team with nine on the season.

The Eagles outshot the Huskies, 10-8, and took five corners to NU's four. Sophomore goalie Leah Settipane tallied two saves on the day while Garner had four.

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