No. 4 Florida Outguns No. 10 Penn State for 12th Victory

Penn State got off to a hot start, scoring two early goals in the first three minutes of play. The Nittany Lions' second-leading scorer Maggie McCormick assist senior Aly Adams for the first goal at 28:52, and Theresa Zichelli notched the first of three on the afternoon just 29 seconds later.

Bruns got the Gators started on an unassisted goal at 27:08, but Kelly Lechner scored a free-position goal at 25:29 to put the Nittany Lions back ahead, 3-1.

The Gators rebounded quickly, scoring six straight goals over the next 10 minutes, including four-straight man-up goals, to take a 7-3 lead, and they never trailed through the rest of the game.

“We did get down early, and in years past that may have been a problem,” O'Leary said, “but this team just thinks of it as one goal at a time and they have come back from those deficits. I think we showed a lot of maturity to be able to come back from that.”

“It was huge,” Bruns said of rebounding from the early deficit. “We've been working all year on staying in the game and not letting down or going into lulls, and I think this game we didn't let it affect us at all and we came up with a really big win.”

Molly Fernandez broke the Nittany Lions' scoring drought with a free-position goal at 14:27, but UF followed with a 3-0 run to make it 10-4.

McCormick notched another PSU free-position goal at 3:49, which Wiegand followed with an unassisted goal just over a minute later. With two seconds to go in the half, Kelly Lechner flipped to older sister Shannon Lechner for a Nittany Lion goal to give Penn State some momentum heading into the locker room, still trailing 11-6.

The Gators came out of the break ready for action, as Nicole Graziano scored two quick goals just over two minutes after the start of the stanza. The Nittany Lions scored two of the next three goals, but the Gators closed out the game on a 6-3 run, reaching 20 goals in conference play for the first time, for a final score of 20-11.

“It was a great win,” said Gilroy. “We knew they were going to come out really hard and physical, and we were prepared. We just had to be prepared to pass the ball so we didn't get doubled, and we took advantage of those shots when they were fouled.”

The Gators now have the week to prepare for their next conference opponent, traveling to Baltimore on Saturday to take on Johns Hopkins in ALC play. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; April 1, 2012 – A shorthanded No. 10 Penn State team dropped its first road game of the 2012 season on Sunday afternoon, falling to No. 4 Florida (12-2, 2-0), 20-11, at Dizney Stadium in Gainesville.

The Nittany Lions were without leading scorer sophomore Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) and her 35 points (21 goals, 14 assists) versus the Gators and were hampered by six yellow cards, which relegated two key players to the bench.

Two quick yellows sent sophomore defender Lizzy Carney (West Chester, Pa.) off just 8:58 into the game and a second issued to senior defensive anchor Colleen Shea (Baltimore, Md.) disqualified her with just under 13 minutes remaining in the game.

With Cyr sidelined, Theresa Zichelli (Severna Park, Md.) headlined a balance offensive effort, notching her second hat trick of the season. In all, eight different Nittany Lions found net. Junior Molly Fernandez (Baltimore, Md.), who netted two, was Penn State's only other multiple goal scorer.

Senior goalkeeper Dana Cahill (Towson, Md.) registered 12 saves, including eight in the first half, against a hail of 43 Florida shots.

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