May 10, 2013

Penn State Fends Off Canisius Upset Bid

from press release

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Senior Molly Fernandez (Baltimore, Md.) recorded her 100th career goal and junior Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) tallied a team-high three points as the seventh-seeded Penn State women's lacrosse team edged Canisius, 14-13, in NCAA first-round action at the Penn State Lacrosse Field Friday night.

The Nittany Lions (13-6), who secured their first 13-win season since 1999, advanced to the NCAA Second Round and will face the winner of the Massachusetts-Connecticut first-round matchup Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m.

Cyr recorded her sixth hat trick of the season, while Fernandez netted two strikes to reach the 100-goal plateau. Four additional Nittany Lions, including sophomores Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.) and Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) and freshmen Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.), notched two-goal games. Freshman goalkeeper Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) turned aside four shots for the victory.

After holding a 6-5 halftime lead, Penn State increased its advantage to 13-9 with 13:48 remaining before the Golden Griffins (14-5) staged their comeback. Canisius fought back with a 4-1 run, including a final tally with 12 seconds remaining in the game, to make it 14-13, but the Nittany Lions were able to run out the clock.

Penn State, which improved to 6-2 when hosting an NCAA tournament game, outshot the Golden Griffins by a 37-25 margin and earned 22 draws to Canisius' seven. The Nittany Lions went 12-for-12 on clears and 3-for-8 on free-position shots, while the Golden Griffins finished 15-for-18 and 2-for-10, respectively.

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