March 6, 2013

McCormick's Career Day Lifts Penn State

from press release

STATE COLLEGE, Pa - Sophomore attack Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) scored a career-high six goals as she led the No. 7/9 Penn State women's lacrosse team to a 13-12 victory against James Madison at Holuba Hall Wednesday night. The Nittany Lions improved to 4-1 with their third straight win, while the Dukes fell to 3-1.

Penn State dominated the opening period, scoring five goals in the first 4:13 of the game en route to a 10-4 halftime lead. McCormick, who added a pair of assists to match her career-best eight points, extended the Penn State advantage to 11-4 early in the second stanza, but James Madison finished the game on an 8-2 run.

After McCormick gave the Nittany Lions a 13-9 lead, the Dukes tallied three times in a 2:27 span to make it a one-goal game. Steph Finley scored her first of the game with 6:55 remaining before Casey Ancarrow, who fired three second-half markers, brought the Dukes to within a pair of tallies. Jaci Gordon made it 13-12 with 4:28 left in the game, but the Nittany Lions held for the one-goal victory.

Junior attack Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.), who garnered two assists, recorded her third straight three-goal game, while senior Molly Fernandez (Baltimore, Md.) and sophomores Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J.) and Haley Ford (White Hall, Md.) notched a goal and an assist each. Ford collected a game-high four caused turnovers, while sophomore midfielder Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.) registered a game-high seven draw controls.

Penn State, which defeated James Madison for the first time since 2002, outshot the Dukes by a 25-22 margin and finished 10-for-10 on clears. Freshman goalkeeper Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) made five saves, while James Madison netminder Schylar Healy turned aside seven shots.

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