February 20, 2013

No. 9 Penn State Blasts Bucknell

from press release

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Ten different Nittany Lions recorded at least one point as the No. 9/10 Penn State women's lacrosse team routed Bucknell, 18-2, in its season opener at Holuba Hall Wednesday night.

Junior Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.), who added three assists for a game-high seven points, tied a career-high with four goals and, in the process, extended her point-scoring streak to eight games dating back to last season.

Several Nittany Lions starred in their collegiate debuts, including attacker Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md.) and midfielders Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.). Mosketti netted three goals, while Cyr added two points (1g, 1a) and Heavens connected on a free-position shot.

Sophomores Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J./1g, 1a) and Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md./2g, 3a) notched multi-point games for Penn State (1-0), while senior Molly Fernandez (Baltimore, Md.) and redshirt sophomore Avery Curley (Berwyn, Pa.) added a pair of goals each. Junior midfielder Shannon Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.) also scored.

Freshman goalkeeper Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) pitched a first-half shutout with five saves before senior Ayla Halus (Hershey, Pa.) stopped two second-half attempts.

The Nittany Lions scored the game's first 13 goals before a pair of markers from Emily Kookogey and Madison Hurwitz made it 13-2 in the second stanza. Bison (0-2) goalkeeper Caroline O'Neill started the game and allowed 16 goals before Charlotte O'Donnell ceded two scores.

Senior defender Katie Guy (Whitby, Ont.) led Penn State with seven ground balls and five caused turnovers as the Nittany Lions won those battles by 18-10 and 15-5 margins, respectively. Penn State also collected 16-of-22 draw controls and connected on 3-of-8 free-position shots.

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