McCormick Scores Six to Lead No. 7 Penn State over JMU

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 6, 2013 Sophomore attack Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) scored a career-high six goals to lead the No. 7 Penn State 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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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., March 6, 2013 -- James Madison (3-1) fell just short of an upset at seventh-ranked Penn State (4-1) as the Nittany Lions eked out a 13-12 win in women's lacrosse Wednesday afternoon at Holuba Hall.

Penn State opened the game by scoring five unanswered goals in the first 4:13, and the Lions extended that lead to seven, 10-3, with 2:20 left before halftime.

However, JMU outscored Penn State 9-3 the rest of the way to close the gap to 13-12 with 3:28 to play. The Dukes then controlled the ensuing draw but turned the ball over, and Penn State ran out the clock.

JMU had a 14-13 advantage in draw controls, but Penn State held the shot advantage at 25-22.

Dukes sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) made seven saves, and Penn State gaolkeeper Emi Smith had five stops.

The Dukes were led in scoring by junior Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) and redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll), each with three goals, and Ancarrow also had an assist. JMU also got two goals each from junior Julianne Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) and freshman Jaci Gordon (Groton, Mass./Lawrence Academy).

Penn Stats's Maggie McCormick led all players with six goals, and Mackenzie Cyr scored three times. Both McCormick and Cyr handed out two assists.

Other statistical leaders for the Dukes were Roguski and Gordon, each with three ground balls, and sophomore Lexi Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) with two ground balls.

Redshirt sophomore Kaci Starkloff (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) was the team leader with four draw controls, Ancarrow controlled three, and sophomore Steph Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart) and redshirt senior Rebecca McLouth (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) each controlled two draws.

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