No. 4 Northwestern Nips No. 8 Penn State in OT in ALC Semis

Despite NU's control of possession, Penn State escaped unscathed on defense thanks to a missed 8-meter shot and a point-blank save by Smith, and soon after the Nittany Lions found the equalizer on a pass from behind the cage by Jenna Mosketti to Mackenzie Cyr with 3:59 remaining.

Northwestern's attempt to notch the winner was interrupted by an offensive foul call, giving Penn State the final possession of regulation. The Lions opted to put the ball in stick of Lechner, who drove at the top of the 8-meter but was stood up by Thornton, causing a turnover in the final 10 seconds and sending the game to overtime.

In the first of two extra sessions, Flibotte won the opening draw and allowed Northwestern to set up on attack. After struggling to find a shot, Macaluso came to the rescue when she wrapped the crease and managed to fire past Smith for the goal. Flibotte again claimed the ensuing draw control and helped Northwestern drain the final 45 seconds off the clock in the first OT period.

After changing ends, the Nittany Lions won the draw but immediately put the ball on the ground and watched as Cassera scooped up the ground ball. Northwestern withstood Penn State's pressure in the waning minutes to preserve the victory and improve to 12-1 all-time in the conference tournament.

Each team recorded 20 shots in the game, while Penn State committed two more turnovers than Northwestern (15-13). The Wildcats extended their winning streak in the all-time series with PSU to 16 straight.

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BALTIMORE; May 3, 2013 Freshman midfielder Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.) capped a 3-0 run with 3:59 remaining in regulation to force overtime, but No. 8 Penn State fell to No. 4 Northwestern, 9-8, at Homewood Field Friday night in the ALC semifinals. The Nittany Lions dropped to 12-6 overall in the first overtime meeting between the schools.

After Northwestern scored its lone second-half goal to take an 8-5 lead with 28:55 remaining, Penn State netted the stanza's final three markers to knot the score. Mosketti started the comeback with 25:57 left when she corralled a pass from sophomore Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.), who added an assist, and beat Northwestern goalkeeper Bridget Bianco.

Classmate Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.), who netted a team-high three goals, made it 8-7 at 12:31 when she raced past a Wildcat defender before scoring low. Mosketti then tied the game with less than four minutes remaining. From behind the cage, junior attacker Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) fed Mosketti, who cut down the middle of the circle, for the game-tying goal. In the overtime frame, Northwestern's Amanda Macaluso tallied the game-winner to account for the 9-8 final.

Sophomore Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J.) and freshman Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md.) also scored for Penn State, while freshman goalkeeper Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) turned aside seven shots. Both Penn State and Northwestern recorded 20 shots, while the Nittany Lions won 14 ground balls to the Wildcats' 10. Penn State also finished 14 for 17 on clears and 1 for 3 on free-position shots.

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