TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Haley Ford and Molly Fernandez each scored three goals, and Penn State surprised eighth-seed Towson 15-8 Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament.

Making their first appearance in the tournament since 2005, the favored Tigers were ousted by a Penn State team led by former Towson coach Missy Doherty.

Penn State (12-6) went up 5-1 in the first half, led 6-5 at the break and pulled away by scoring the first five goals of the second half.

Dana Cahill had six saves, Theresa Zichelli scored twice and Maggie McCormick had a goal and three assists for the Nittany Lions, who will next face top-seed Florida, who opened with a 16-4 win over Albany on Saturday.

Kelly Custer, Andi Raymond and Ashley Waldron had two goals apiece for Towson (16-4).

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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