May 2, 2013

Penn State Tops Vanderbilt in ALC Quarterfinal

from press release

BALTIMORE — Sophomore midfielder Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.) matched her career high with five goals and senior attacker Molly Fernandez (Baltimore, Md.) and sophomore midfielder Haley Ford (White Hall, Md.) recorded three goals and an assist each as the No. 8 Penn State women's lacrosse team defeated Vanderbilt, 16-14, in the ALC quarterfinals at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

Lechner, who coincidentally netted five goals against the Blue Jays at Homewood Field April 21, scored five markers for the second time in three games. Fernandez fired three goals for the third time this season, while Ford tied her career best with four points. Junior attacker Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md./1g, 2a) and sophomore midfielder Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J./1g, 1a) also added multi-point games.

Senior defender Katie Guy (Whitby, Ont.) collected a game-high five ground balls, while freshman midfielder Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.) led the team with four draw controls. Classmate Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) recorded eight saves.

Penn State outshot the Commodores (2-15) by a 37-24 margin and collected more ground balls (22-16) and caused turnovers (13-8). Both teams gathered 16 draws and were 2-for-4 on free-position shots. Alexa Kunowsky led Vanderbilt with five goals, while Chelsea Pasfield made 11 saves.

The Nittany Lions (12-5), who improved to 6-1 in their first game of the league playoffs, secured their second straight 12-win season with the victory and advanced to the ALC semifinals against second-seeded Northwestern Friday, May 3. Game time is set at 6:30 p.m.

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