No. 7 Penn State Escapes with One-Goal Win over Canisius

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; May 10, 2013 – Senior Molly Fernandez (Baltimore, Md.) recorded her 100th career goal and junior Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) tallied a team-high three points as the seventh-seeded Penn State edged Canisius, 14-13, in NCAA first-round action at the Penn State Lacrosse Field Friday night.

The Nittany Lions (13-6), who secured their first 13-win season since 1999, advanced to the NCAA Second Round and will host the winner of the Massachusetts-Connecticut first-round match-up Sunday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m.

Cyr recorded her sixth hat trick of the season, while Fernandez netted two strikes to reach the 100-goal plateau. Four additional Nittany Lions, including sophomores Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.) and Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) and freshmen Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.), notched two-goal games. Freshman goalkeeper Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) turned aside four shots for the victory.

After holding a 6-5 halftime lead, Penn State increased its advantage to 13-9 with 13:48 remaining before the Golden Griffins (14-5) staged their comeback. Canisius fought back with a 4-1 run, including a final tally with 12 seconds remaining in the game, to make it 14-13, but the Nittany Lions were able to run out the clock.

Penn State, which improved to 6-2 when hosting an NCAA tournament game, outshot the Golden Griffins by a 37-25 margin and earned 22 draws to Canisius' seven. The Nittany Lions went 12 for 12 on clears and 3 for 8 on free-position shots, while the Golden Griffins finished 15 for 18 and 2 for 10, respectively.

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State College, Pa. –Seventh-ranked Penn State used a 6-1 second-half run to gain a lead and then held off a late rally by Canisius for a narrow 14-13 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon. The Griffs finished their season with a 14-5 record, while the Nittany Lions improve to 13-6 and advance to face either Massachusetts or Connecticut on Sunday.

“I'm very proud of our team today and how we battled to the final buzzer against a very talented Penn State squad,” said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. “I'm really going to miss our four seniors and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. We were once again so close to beating a nationally-ranked team and I look forward to seeing if we can take it one step further next season.”

Despite the loss, two Griffs set single-season school records in Friday's game. Sophomore Tori Quinn (Orangeville, Ontario) led Canisius with five points on the afternoon, recording two goals and three assists. She finished her sophomore campaign with 79 points on 47 goals and 32 assists, one more than the previous school record of 78 set by Carly Quinn last season. Quinn also became the 11th player in the program's history to record her 100th career point and now has 104 during her two seasons at Canisius.

Senior Morgan Leonard (Sykesville, Md.) netted a hat trick for Canisius to go along with game highs of six caused turnovers and six ground balls. Leonard finished her final season in the Blue and Gold with a program-record 59 goals, one more than the previous mark of 58 set by Megan Oosting last season.

Senior Lindsey Morgan (Lancaster, N.Y.) and junior Maria Kotas (Lancaster, N.Y.) also recorded four points to lead the Canisius attack, each scoring three goals to go along with one assist. Sophomore Meghan Cuddy (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring for the Griffs with two goals.

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