Cyr Scores at 0:36 to Send No. 11 Nittany Lions Past Drexel

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Drexel fell in the final seconds of the game to No. 11 Penn State, 9-8, at Vidas Field.

Junior Kelly Palace tallied her fourth goal of the night and tied the game, 8-8, with 54 seconds remaining in the contest. Penn State's Mackenzie Cyr scored in the following play to win the game.

The Dragons outshot Penn State, 26-22, and won 12 draw controls to the Nittany Lions' seven. The Dragons dropped to 6-3 overall.

Palace set a new career-high with four goals and sophomore goalkeeper Teresha Bradley set a career-best with 11 saves. Also, senior Alyse Maiden tallied her 100th career goal in the loss.

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PHILADELPHIA; March 22, 2013 After Drexel tied the game with less than a minute to play, junior attack Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) netted the game-winning goal with 36 seconds left on the clock to send No. 11 Penn State past the Dragons, 9-8, at Vidas Field Friday night. The Nittany Lions improved to 6-3, while Drexel fell to the identical mark.

Penn State led nearly the entire contest before the Dragons erased a three-goal deficit to tie the game with 54 seconds left in regulation. The Nittany Lions controlled the ensuing draw before Cyr scored her only goal of the game 18 seconds later after working the ball behind the net.

Sophomore midfielders Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J.) and Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.), who matched her career high, paced Penn State with three goals each, while senior defender Katie Guy (Whitby, Ont.) and sophomore attack Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) also scored. Guy registered her first marker since scoring twice against Lafayette Feb. 25, 2012.

The Dragons outshot Penn State by a 26-22 margin and controlled 12 draws to Penn State's seven. The Nittany Lions won the ground-ball battle, 9-5, and finished 16 for 18 on clears. Penn State goalkeeper Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) and Drexel netminder Teresha Bradley made 11 saves each. Kelly Palace scored a game-high four goals for the Dragons.

Lechner scored twice in the first half as Penn State took a 4-1 lead. After both teams employed aggressive defense to keep the game scoreless, Lechner put the Nittany Lions on the scoreboard after finishing off a feed from McCormick at 7:59.

A Silver Spring, Md., native, Lechner added her second of the contest with 11:16 remaining. The midfielder used her speed to race around the defender before sending a low shot to the back of the net.

Palace halved the Penn State lead just 47 seconds later with her high shot from the right wing, but the Nittany Lions responded with two strikes to take a three-goal lead. With 5:19 left in the half, Coffey fired a free-position shot past Bradley. At 3:46, McCormick extended the Penn State lead to 4-1 after taking Cyr's pass from behind the cage and scoring high.

After Drexel's Alyse Maiden made it a 4-2 game 2:42 into the second half, Guy pushed the lead back to three 24 seconds later after scoring off the ensuing draw. Maiden and Amanda Norcini tallied for the Dragons with 25:36 and 24:38 remaining, respectively, to make it a 5-4 contest before Penn State answered with a pair of their own.

Lechner added her third of the contest with 23:09 left in the game before Coffey tallied her second of the game after using her speed to split a pair of defenders.

The teams later exchanged goals as Penn State took an 8-5 lead. Palace scored a man-up marker for Drexel with 15:31 remaining as two Nittany Lions served yellow cards before Coffey answered at 20:10.

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