PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania scored five unanswered goals to begin the second half and held on for a 9-7 win over Maryland yesterday in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal at Franklin Field.
Penn (16-1) will play Northwestern in the semifinals Friday at Franklin Field. Maryland finished its season at 16-4.
Terps junior Allie Buote made 10 saves, Lauren Cohen had two goals and an assist while Casey Magor added a pair of goals.
Buote and the defense ignited the Terps' offense to a quick 4-0 lead to open the game. The Quakers won the first draw of the game, but senior Becky Clipp forced a turnover that led to a Maryland fast break. Senior Katie Doolittle spotted Cohen, who scored on a shot into the top-left corner.
The Terps added their second goal of the game after a Penn yellow card in the midfield. On the reset, freshman Caitlyn McFadden ended up with the ball on the left side of the field. McFadden found Dana Dobbie, who started the play, on the right side, and Dobbie bounced a shot past the goalie for the 2-0 lead.
At the 20:29 mark, Clipp cleared the ball into the Maryland offensive third and took it all the way for the score, her first of the season. Magor followed up with a free-position goal to give the Terps the four-goal lead with 18:52 to go in the half.
Buote made save after save from point-blank range in the cage as she racked up five saves in the first nine minutes to keep the Quakers off the board.
The Quakers ended Maryland's streak and put together three unanswered goals to climb back into the game. Allison Ambrozy notched the first Penn goal at the 16:54 mark on an unassisted score, and Rachel Manson scored off a dish from Becca Edwards nearly 10 minutes later to cut the lead in half.
Melissa Lehman scored another unassisted goal for Penn with 4:43 on the clock to get the Quakers within a goal. Magor then put the lead back to two for the Terps as she put away a pass from Cohen to make it 5-3 at the 3:31 mark, a lead Maryland would take into halftime.
The Quakers' defense buckled down in the second half, and Penn used a five-goal opening run to take an 8-5 lead with 14:17 to go in the game. The Quakers had four different scorers during that span, with Chrissy Muller scoring a goal and adding an assist.
Cohen ended the Maryland drought when she fired a shot past the goalie to the left side.
Ali DeLuca pushed the Penn lead back to three goals when she scooped up a ground ball after Kelly Kasper forced it out of her stick. DeLuca got the loose ball and drove right to the cage from the right side for the score with 9:43 to go. Kasper got the Terps within two with just more than four minutes on the clock after she was fouled at the top of the fan.
Kasper drove straight to the goal on the reset and slipped a shot over the goalie for the score. Penn was able to hold the ball in its offensive third the rest of the way to seal the win.
Maryland 5 2 - 7
Penn 3 6 - 9
Goals: M-Cohen 2, Magor 2, Kasper, Dobbie, Clipp; P-Edwards 2, Ambrozy 2, Lehman 2, Muller, DeLuca, Manson. Assists: M-Cohen, Doolittle, McFadden; P-Edwards, Muller. Saves: M-Buote 10; P-Waxman 7.