No. 10 Penn State Rallies from 3 Down, Shocks No. 2 Florida

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 30, 2013 – After facing a three-goal halftime deficit, No. 10 Penn State outscored No. 2 Florida by a 10-2 margin in the second half, and the Nittany Lions shocked the Gators, 16-11, at Penn State Lacrosse Field Saturday afternoon.

Penn State (7-3, 2-0 ALC), which erupted for 16 markers against the nation's second-ranked defense, captured its third straight win and toppled its highest ranked opponent since downing second-ranked North Carolina, 8-7, in overtime April 6, 2007. The Nittany Lions also improved to 2-0 in league play for the first time since 2005, while snapping Florida's (13-1, 1-1 ALC) 24-game regular-season win streak.

The Nittany Lions trailed for nearly the entire first half but never let the Gators take more than a three-goal lead. The teams exchanged goals early in the second half to give Florida the 10-7 advantage, but momentum began to shift as Penn State went on a 6-0 run. After junior Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) tied the game with 19:14 left after a lengthy possession, freshman Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.) gave the Nittany Lions their first lead with 18:29 remaining in the game.

Florida, which averaged more than 14 goals per game entering Saturday, only tallied once more as Penn State rolled to the upset victory. In a dominating second half at both ends of the field, the Nittany Lions outshot the Gators, 17-3, while dominating draw controls by a 9-2 margin. For the game, Penn State outshot Florida, 29-21, and won 19 draws to the Gators' 12. Penn State finished 12 for 13 on clears, while Florida went 12 for 14.

Sophomore Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J.) recorded a game-high five points (4g, 1a), while six additional Nittany Lions recorded multi-point games. Freshman Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley, Pa.) scored a season-high three goals, while classmate Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) made four saves. Mosketti collected a game-high four draw controls, and defender Colleen Shea (Baltimore, Md.) secured a team-high two caused turnovers.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – It was a not so happy trip to Happy Valley as No. 2 Florida couldn't overcome a sluggish second half to suffer its first loss of the season at No. 10 Penn State, 16-11, on Saturday. The Nittany Lions defeat the Gators for the first time in five meetings between the two teams.

The Gators (13-1, 1-1 ALC) struggled in the second half, as Penn State outscored the Gators in the period, 10-2. Florida only mustered three shots in the second period, but converting two goals on those shots. Penn State used two scoring streaks in the second half, one six goal run and three-straight goals to close out the game, to overcome the Orange and Blue.

Senior attack Gabi Wiegand (Bay Shore, N.Y.) led the offense with four points including a hat trick on the afternoon. Sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy (Northport, N.Y.), senior midfielder Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) and senior attack Ashley Bruns (Ellicot City, Md.) all chipped in two goals apiece to help the Gators score 11 goals on the day.

Taking a 9-6 lead into the break, Florida couldn't win a draw, as it lost draw controls 15-12 in the game and 9-2 in the second half. The Nittany Lions (7-3, 2-0) took control of the game at the 23:14 mark rattling off six-straight goals using a series of stalls throughout the final period.

“Penn State certainly dominated the draw control and I give all the credit to them because I think they did a great job of isolating us, and we didn't accomplish what we wanted to today,” Head coach Amanda O'Leary said.

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