No. 14 Cornell Rallies Down Four, Tops No. 7 Penn State in 2OT

But after that, the Big Red offense went cold as Penn State went on a 4-0 run over the next five minutes. The Nittany Lions controlled the draws in that span and got two of their four goals on free positions. Another came right after the draw on a breakaway to give Penn State a 6-2 lead with 11:19 left in the first.

The Big Red closed the half strong, scoring three of the next four goals to make it a two-goal deficit at the half. Kelly Lang, Sarah Hefner and Lindsay Toppe all found the back of the net, and Toppe's goal came with just 1:46 left in the half. Cornell also had possession as the clock wound down, but the team turned the ball over and was unable to bring the deficit within one.

Penn State recorded the first goal in the second half to take an 8-5 lead, but Cornell got the next two from Toppe and D'Amico to make it 8-7. That's when the Nittany Lions scored three straight, threatening the Big Red's undefeated season. That's when the comeback began.

"The whole game for us was coming from behind," Graap said. "I'm just proud of our ability to stay poised and keep chipping away at that lead."

Cornell controlled ground balls by a 10-5 margin in the second half, and the Big Red caused eight turnovers to Penn State's three in the game. Cornell is now 5-0 for the second consecutive season and picked up its second ever win against the Nittany Lions.

The Big Red now embarks on a long road trip, first taking on Albany in Baltimore on Sunday. Cornell and the Great Danes face off at 1:00 p.m. Cornell then faces No. 3 North Carolina on the road on March 20 before finishing the three-game road trip with Penn in Philadelphia on March 24.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 13, 2013 No. 7 Penn State dropped a 13-12 heartbreaker in double overtime on Wednesday afternoon at No. 14 Cornell. Penn State is now 4-3 on the season, while Cornell stays undefeated at 5-0. Four Nittany Lions scored two goals each in the narrow loss.

Playing its fourth ranked opponent of the season, Penn State struck first when sophomore attacker Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) netted her first goal of the afternoon 1:32 into the game. Less than a minute later, Cornell used the first of Amanda D'Amico's game-high five goals on the day to tie the game at 1-1. After nearly 10 scoreless minutes, sophomore midfielder Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.) scored her first goal of the day to put the Nittany Lions ahead again, 2-1, with 17:58 left to play in the first half.

D'Amico answered for Cornell at the 16:43 mark, tying the game at 2-2. Penn State then ripped off four straight goals in a three and a half minute span to pull the Nittany Lions ahead of the Big Red, 6-2. A free position shot at the 14:52 mark led to junior attacker Mackenzie Cyr's (Westminster, Md.) first goal of the game. Freshman midfielder Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.) added back-to-back scores over the next 41 seconds before freshman attacker Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md.) converted a man-up opportunity with 11:19 remaining in the half. The four-goal advantage matched the Nittany Lions' largest lead of the day.

Cornell finally halted the PSU run with less than 8:29 remaining off a Kelly Lang tally to shrink PennState's lead to 6-3. Sarah Hefner assisted on that goal, then scored one of her own for Cornell a little over a minute later to bring the Big Red within two goals, 6-4.

The two teams exchanged goals to end the half, with sophomore Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J.) scoring on a free position shot at 3:36 and Cornell's Lindsay Toppe converting on her 19th goal of the year to send the Penn State into the break up 7-5.

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