No. 6 Penn State Nips #19 JHU to Clinch Share of First ALC Title

Cook opened the second-half scoring as she cut down the middle and scored off a quick feed from D'Amore just 21 seconds in. The lead didn't last long as Madison Cyr took a dump pass from her older sister, Mackenzie Cyr, and scored from in tight at 28:25.

Hopkins answered with a pair of goals in 51 seconds to take a 9-7 lead. D'Amore dodged to the cage from behind and blew a shot past Smith to complete her hat trick. D'Amore then drew a free position on the next possession and instead, passed to Taylor on her left for the hat trick and the two-goal lead.

McCormick pulled Penn State back within just 10 seconds later as Coffey won the draw and sparked a fast-break two-on-one. Coffey drew the slide and fed to McCormick, who faked three times before scoring over the left shoulder of senior Cosette Larash.

The Blue Jays once again answered with two quick strikes, from DiMartino and Cermack, both assisted by Cook as Hopkins pushed out to an 11-8 lead with 23:18 to play. Penn State answered with a run of its own, getting three straight goals, including a pair from Lechner, to once again tie the game at 11 goals apiece and 17:41 on the clock.

D'Amore finished with a game-high eight points (3g, 5a) and seven draws to become the first player in school Division I history with five or more assists in three straight games. Taylor and DiMartino added hat tricks while Cook notched career highs of five points and four assists.

Larash finished with five saves in the loss. Lechner led the Nittany Lions with five goals while McCormick had six points on three goals and three helpers and Smith made a pair of saves to earn the win.

Hopkins is back in action and wraps up the regular season on Sunday, April 28 as the Blue Jays travel to Columbus, OH to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. The opening draw from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is slated for 12:00 pm.

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BALTIMORE; April 21, 2013 Junior attacker Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) scored the game-winning goal with 31 seconds remaining as No. 6 Penn State clinched a share of its first ALC regular-season championship with a 15-14 victory against No. 19 Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field Sunday afternoon.

The Nittany Lions (11-4, 4-1 ALC), who won their fourth straight game, earned their first 4-1 conference season since 2006 and secured the No. 3 seed for the upcoming ALC championships, to be held May 2-5 in Baltimore, Md. Penn State, which shared the ALC crown with Florida and Northwestern, will face sixth-seeded Vanderbilt in the opening round of the ALC tournament May 2.

After trailing by a 14-11 margin, Penn State ended the game on a 4-0 run as it edged the Blue Jays in its ALC finale. Freshman Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md.), who scored twice, sparked the comeback with a man-up, free-position marker before sophomore midfielder Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.) netted two of her career-high five goals to tie the game at 14-14.

With the game tied, Johns Hopkins controlled the ensuing draw, but freshman Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley, Pa.) drew a charge near the Nittany Lion cage to give Penn State possession. With the clock winding down, sophomore attacker Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) fed a cutting Mackenzie Cyr, who fired a left-handed shot past Johns Hopkins' (9-6, 1-3 ALC) Cosette Larash for the winning tally. Penn State's 15-14 lead was only its third of the game and first since it was 6-5.

McCormick finished the contest with a team-high six points (3g, 3a), while Cyr, who moved to seventh all-time on the program's career assists list, extended her point-scoring streak to 22 games with a four-point outing (1g, 3a). Freshman midfielder Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.) netted three markers, while sophomore Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J.) added a three-point game (1g, 2a).

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