April 18, 2014

Cyr Anchors Penn State Comeback Over No. 6 Hopkins

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Madison Cyr scored four goals in the second half as Penn State rallied from a 7-4 deficit to topple the Blue Jays. (Mark Selders/Penn State Athletics)

Sophomore midfielder Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md.) scored four goals - all in the final 30 minutes - as the No. 17 Penn State women's lacrosse team erupted for eight second-half tallies in a 12-10 victory against No. 6 Johns Hopkins at the Penn State Lacrosse Field Friday evening.

The Nittany Lions improved to 9-6 overall and 3-3 in their final regular-season ALC game, while Johns Hopkins fell to 12-3 overall and 2-3 in league play. Penn State defeated a top-five (IWLCA poll) foe for the first time since a 16-11 victory against then-No. 2 Florida during the 2013 season.

Trailing by a 7-4 margin at the half, the Nittany Lions opened the second stanza with four straight markers, including three from Cyr in a 26-second span, to take an 8-7 lead. The Blue Jays later tied the game at 8-8 and 9-9 before Penn State tallied three of the final four goals en route to the two-goal triumph. A Westminster, Md., native, Cyr netted four goals in a game for the fourth time this season.

Attacker Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) registered a game-high three assists to push her career total to 102. The senior became just the third Nittany Lion in the program's 50-year history to reach the 100-assist mark and now sits just 13 helpers shy of tying Julie Tice's all-time mark.

In addition, sophomore Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.) recorded a three-point game (2g, 1a), while junior Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J.), who collected a game-high three caused turnovers, added a goal and an assist. Freshman goalkeeper Cat Rainone (Newtown Square, Pa.) garnered the victory after making five saves in the final 40:06 of the game.

Penn State out shot the Blue Jays by a 26-18 margin and held a 15-9 advantage in draw controls. The Nittany Lions finished 10-for-12 on clears and 1-for-6 on free-position shots, while Johns Hopkins went 11-for-11 and 4-for-6, respectively.

In the first half, the Blue Jays stormed out of the gate with three straight goals within the first 7:16 of the game. Facing a three-goal deficit, junior attacker Kristin Brent (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) put the Nittany Lions on the board with 20:29 left in the half.

Johns Hopkins extended its lead to 4-1 with 15:155 remaining before Mosketti corralled the ensuing draw and fired a shot to the back of the net 11 seconds later. After the Blue Jays responded with pair of strikes to take a 6-2 lead with 10:33 left, Coffey brought the Nittany Lions to within three with just over 10 minutes remaining. Johns Hopkins then made it 7-3 with 1:50 left before Mackenzie Cyr gathered her 100th career assist with a quick pass to Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) for the goal.

Sophomore midfielder Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley, Pa.) started the scoring spree in the second half with a free-position goal at 2:06 before Cyr's string of three straight goals put Penn State ahead by an 8-7 score. The Blue Jays sandwiched junior Kelly Lechner's (Silver Spring, Md.) goal as they tied game at 9-9 before Penn State ended the game on a 3-1 run.

Cyr added her team-leading 37th goal of the season with 10:20 left when she slipped a slow roller past the Hopkins netminder before Mosketti deposited the ball into an unoccupied net with 1:04 remaining. After Johns Hopkins made it a one-goal game with 39 seconds left, junior Jess Loizeaux (Mullica Hill, N.J.) scored off a feed from Mackenzie Cyr with seven seconds remaining to account for the 12-10 final.

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