No. 7 Nittany Lions Outlast Ohio State in ALC Battle

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; April 14, 2013 Led by a six-point outing from sophomore attacker Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.), the No. 7 Penn State women's lacrosse team out lasted Ohio State, 14-12, at the Penn State Lacrosse Field Sunday afternoon.

The Nittany Lions (9-4, 3-1 ALC) improved to 3-1 in ALC play for the first time since 2006 with their eighth straight victory against the Buckeyes (6-7, 1-3 ALC).

In a tightly-contested match, neither team generated more than a two-goal lead. Ohio State grabbed its largest advantage at 4-2 with 13:46 left in the first half before Penn State tied the game at 4-4 with 10:13 remaining in the frame. The Nittany Lions twice pushed their lead to two strikes before Ohio State fired back with its second and final lead with 13:50 left in regulation.

After Ohio State took a 12-11 advantage, sophomore midfielder Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.), who netted her third hat trick of the season, tied the game with 12:01 remaining before McCormick and freshman Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.) closed out the contest with the game's final goals. Mosketti struck twice against the Buckeyes, while she and Lechner collected a game-high four ground balls each.

Senior Molly Fernandez (Baltimore, Md.) added a pair of goals during the Senior Day victory, while freshman goalkeeper Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) corralled eight shots. With three assists, junior attacker Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) recorded a point in her 20th straight game and moved into a tie for ninth place on the program's all-time assists list (63).

Penn State outshot the Buckeyes, 30-25, and won the ground-ball battle by a 21-12 margin. Ohio State was 18 for 27 on draws and 5 for 8 on clears, while Penn State successfully executed 10 of 13 clearing attempts. Cara Facchina led the Buckeyes with four points (2g, 2a), while Tori DeScenza made eight saves.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Kelsea Ayers led the Ohio State for the second game in a row, scoring four goals as the Buckeyes battled seventh-ranked Penn State to 14-12 loss Sunday afternoon on the Penn State Lacrosse Field in University Park, Pa. The decision snapped a three-game winning streak and dropped Ohio State's record to 6-7 overall and 1-3 in the ALC. The Nittany Lions now are 9-4 on the season and 3-1 in the conference.

Cara Facchina also had four points (2g, 2a), while younger sister Mary Kate Facchina recorded her second-consecutive hat trick. The Buckeyes played Penn State, who entered the game with wins in five of its last six games, through nine ties, gaining momentum with their commanding 18-9 advantage in draw controls. Katie Chase and Tayler Kuzma were strong in the center circle, securing six and four draw controls, respectively. Chase now holds the Ohio State single-season record for draws, passing current volunteer coach Gabby Capuzzi.

Penn State struck first Sunday and held an early 1-0 lead until the 18:02 mark in the first half when the scoring floodgates opened on both sides. Ayers teamed up with Jackie Cifarelli, the ALC's assist leader, for three goals on the day, including the first two which gave Ohio State its first lead of the game, 2-1, with 16:02 on the clock. Little more than a minute went by between scores as teams exchanged tallies over the next 10-plus minutes. Chase and Mary Kate Facchina helped the Buckeyes to their only two-goal lead, 4-2 at 13:46, but the margin was erased and, after three more ties, teams headed into the break with Penn State leading 8-7.

Ayers finished off a third pass from Cifarelli to start the second and tie the game at 8-all, but the Lions answered with a pair to pull back ahead 10-8. The Buckeyes were not deterred, however, and bolstered by two goals from Mary Kate Facchina off Cara Facchina assists they went on a 4-1 run over the next 6:41 to take over the game, 12-11, with 13:50 to play. Penn State stepped it up on the ensuing draws though and took advantage of the possession, scoring three unanswered in the final 12:01 of action.

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