@DuqLax Drops Decision to #6 Penn State 19-9
Feb. 22, 2017

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TEAM RECORDS: DUQ (0-1) // PSU (4-0) 

O'Donnell // Spilker // Gallagher // Daggett // Smucker // Schmitt // Brisolari // Haubold // Lazo // Carter // Bleistein //  Rainone

DUQ STARTERS: Kollhoff // Shaw // Conway // Battles // Blackburn // Gubler // Micho // Marafioti // Vacanti // Dehaven // Matthai

KEEPERS OF RECORD: DUQ: McMinimee (0-1) // PSU: Rainone (3-0) 

Vacanti (4), Shaw (1), Bradshaw (2), Hart (1), Hughes (1)

PITTSBURGH -- The Duquesne women's lacrosse team opened the 2017 season on Rooney Field Wednesday night, falling to nationally-ranked #6 Penn State. 

Jill Vacanti led the Dukes with four goals and one assist. Kaelin Shaw, Rilee Bradshaw, Maddie Hart and Rachel Hughes also had goals for Duquesne (0-1). 

Penn State's Steph Lazo scored a game-high five goals. 

Duquesne got on the board off the opening draw, with a goal by Vacanti at the 28:54 mark. Penn State answered by scoring within the same minute, tying it at 1-1.

With 26:05 to go Shaw found the back of the net to give the Dukes a one-point advantage at 2-1. PSU went on to score six unanswered goals before freshman midfielder Bradshaw recorded her first goal as a Duke, to make the score 7-3 with 7:31 left. 

A Vacanti goal scored with 2:56 remaining brought the score to 10-4 heading into halftime. 

2ND HALF: Vacanti opened the half beating PSU keeper Cat Rainone with 28:11 to go, cutting Duquesne's deficit within five at 10-5.

PSU would extend its lead to 14-4, recording another four goals with 19:22 remaining. The Dukes saw another three goals for the quarter from Hart, Bradshaw and Hughes. 

"There's a lot to build off of, I think that Emily McMinimee in the cage showed that she's going to be just fine this year. Our defensive unit really hung tough against one of the top teams in the country."

The Dukes continue their three-game homestand to host Ohio State (3-0) on Friday, March 3 at 3 p.m. on Rooney Field.




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