Cyr, McCormick Lead #7 Penn State by #15 UMass in NCAAs

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; May 12, 2013 Junior attacker Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) notched her second straight six-point game and sophomore attacker Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) recorded four goals and two assists to lead seventh-seeded Penn State to a 12-9 victory against No. 15 Massachusetts in the second round of the NCAA tournament at the Penn State Lacrosse Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Nittany Lions (14-6), who improved to 9-0 at home and 7-2 when hosting an NCAA tournament game, won consecutive NCAA tournament games for the first time since 1999 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second straight year. Penn State will play No. 2 Northwestern in the quarterfinal round Saturday, May 18.

Cyr moved into sole possession of fifth place on Penn State's career assists list with four helpers, while McCormick netted her fifth four-goal game of the season. Sophomore Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.) recorded her seventh three-goal game in the past eight contests, while senior Molly Fernandez (Baltimore, Md.) added a two-goal outing. Sophomore Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J.), who has scored in every game in 2013, contributed her 28th marker.

Senior defender Katie Guy (Whitby, Ont.) corralled a game-high six draw controls to push her career total to 101, while junior midfielder Evan Foulsham (Madison, N.J) collected a career-high four ground balls. Freshman goalkeeper Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) made seven saves.

Penn State dominated draws by a 14-9 margin and finished 15 for 18 on clears. The Minutewomen (18-3) outshot the Nittany Lions by a 25-21 margin and won the ground-ball battle, 19-15. Tanner Guarino and Cori Murray led Massachusetts with three points each, while Jamie Schiloski was the goalkeeper of record with four saves.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - A late flurry of goals to close the first half and a strong performance in the draw circle gave seventh-seeded and No. 7 Penn State a 12-9 win over the No. 15 UMass on Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament Second Round at the PSU Lacrosse Field.

Maggie McCormick and Mackenzie Cyr led all players with six points each, while UMass was led by Cori Murray's three goals and two goals from both Tanner Guarino and Lauren Terracciano.

The loss ended UMass' season at 18-3 overall and snapped a 15-game winning streak. The Minutewomen had advanced to the second round after defeating No. 18 UConn on Friday in the first round. Penn State improves to 14-6 overall and will face second-seeded Northwestern in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

UMass also received goals from Katie Ferris and Amy Tiernan. Jamie Schiloski made the start in goal recording four saves in nearly 50 minutes of play. Rachel Vallarelli closed out the final 10 minutes with two saves. After returning to action in Friday's game following a knee injury, Kelsey McGovern had two draw controls on Sunday to set a new single-season draw control record at UMass with 110 for the year.

PSU's McCormick had four goals and two assists, while Cyr had two goals and four assists. Kelly Lechner added three goals, while Molly Fernandez had two. Emi Smith made seven saves in goal for the win.

UMass held a 25-to-21 advantage in shots for the game, but a 14-to-9 edge in draw controls for Penn State proved the difference maker.

After Penn State took a 4-1 lead in the first 10 minutes of the opening half, Murray scored back-to-back goals 33 seconds apart to pull the Minutewomen back within a goal at the 17:04 mark.

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