UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. -- Taylor Herold scored both goals for #3 Penn State, leading the Nittany Lions to a 2-1 win over #17 UAlbany in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Penn State's Field Hockey Complex on Saturday afternoon. The Great Danes finish up the season at 13-8 overall.
Penn State struck first, getting an unassisted goal from Herold at 14:04 in the first half. Kelsey Amy carried the ball into the circle and took an initial shot that was saved by UAlbany goalkeeper Kristi Troch. Herold collected the rebound and found the back of the cage in the wide open net.
UAlbany tied the game at 1-1 before the end of the first half, as Echo Bretz tipped in a shot by Kelly Bonner on a penalty corner with 25 seconds left on the clock. The teams played an equal second half before Herold struck again for the Nittany Lions at 60:02. Amy carried the ball from the right side into the center of the circle, where she passed off to Herold, who put the ball over Troch.
A combined nine cards between the two teams, including a 10-minute yellow card to UAlbany, stifled the Great Danes' offensive attack. However, UAlbany was able to out-shoot Penn State,15-13, and held a 7-6 advantage in penalty corners. Troch made five saves in the cage for the Great Danes, while Ayla Halus stopped seven shots for Penn State (18-3).
The Great Danes earned their third America East Conference Championship title in the last five seasons last weekend to earn the berth to Saturday's NCAA Tournament. Seniors Troch, Taylor Luke, Nina Walters, Jessica Longstreth, Brianna Schwoyer, and Chantae Miller all played in their last game in a UAlbany uniform on Saturday afternoon.