The Penn State field hockey team matched its season high for goals in a game, but its defense could not stop enough at the other end of the field.
It brought an end to the Nittany Lions’ season Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Princeton scored a pairof goals early in the second half to hold off Penn State 5-4, earning a berth in the quarterfinals. The Tigers will meet host Maryland in Sunday’s match for a berth in the NCAA semifinals.
The Nittany Lions (13-6) had not allowed more than four goals all season, had surrendered as many as four only four times and they also had recorded seven shutouts during a 12-game win streak.
But the Tigers (14-5), who outshot Penn State 16-10, took control with goals from Michelle Cesan and Cat Caro in the first 6:03 of the second half.
Amanda Bird added a score later in the half. Allison Evans and Maddie Copeland found the back of the cage in the first half for Princeton.
Whitney Reddig, Ashtin Klingler, Brittany Grzywacz and Taylor Herold all scored for Penn State, with Grzywacz and Reddig adding one assist each and Laura Gebhart helping on a pair of goals.
Kylie Licata made five saves for the Nittany Lions, who had beaten the defending national champions when they met at Princeton earlier in the season.