No. 6/Host University of Washington Tops No. 8 Pennsylvania State University, 12-7, in First Round o

Mary Elizabeth Ward Stealing the ball from Penn State's, Leah Perkins (Photo courtesy of the CWPA)

GRESHAM, Ore. — Goalie Elizabeth Lipps (Sr., Menlo Park, Calif.) stopped 14 shots to notch Player of the Game accolades as the host/Northwest Division Champion/No. 6-ranked Huskies of the University of Washington mushed past Mid-Atlantic Division Champion/No. 8 Pennsylvania State University, 12-7, in the first round of the 2018 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship at Mt. Hood Community College.

Courtesy the victory, Washington punches its ticket to a tournament quarterfinal clash with Pacific Coast Division Champion/No. 2 California Polytechnic State University at 11:20 a.m. Pacific/2:20 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, May 5, as the Huskies are guaranteed to finish no lower than Eighth Place in the 16-team tournament. Penn State, which can not finish higher than Ninth Place, will meet Rocky Mountain Division Champion University of Colorado, which dropped a 14-0 game to Cal Poly in the first round, at 8:40 p.m. Pacific/11:40 p.m. tonight in the consolation side of the bracket.

Trailing 1-0 following a five-meter penalty shot by PSU’s Emily Argentati (Jr., Reading, Pa.) 15 seconds into the seven-minute first quarter (6:45), Washington balanced the scoreboard at one-all thanks to a strike by Lauren Hickey (Gr., Palos Verdes, Calif.) at 6:27. Following a scored by Penn State’s Claire Washabaugh (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) to jump back in front 2-1, the Huskies again pulled even via a five-meter penalty shot by Karli Stevenson (So., Tacoma, Wash.) at 4:20 to make it two-all.

A man-up marker by Claire Beno (Fr., Perkasie, Pa.) pushed Penn State back into the lead at 3-2 with 3:52 remaining in the opening frame, but even-strength and power-play scores from Stevenson (3:32) and Mary Elizabeth Ward (Jr., San Rafael, Calif.) (2:55), respectively, turned the tables on the Nittany Lions and placed the Huskies ahead 4-3.

Penn State knotted the score at four-all at 2:34 courtesy a natural tally by Argentati, but Washington exited the first eight minutes of competition clinging to a 5-4 lead provided by a blast from Stevenson at the 1:10 mark.

Similar to the style of play in the first quarter, PSU erased the lead with 4:39 remaining in the second quarter as Argentati broke loose to post the equalizer.