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

The Nittany Lions tacked on a pair of goals off UMass turnovers to push their lead back to 6-3 at the 10:24 mark.

Guarino cut the deficit to two again with her score with 4:29 to go, but UMass was able to score off the ensuing possession. A Smith save led to a transition goal for Penn State with 1:21 on the clock extending the lead to 7-4. Penn State won the next draw control tacking on another goal 17 seconds later.

PSU again won the draw control after the goal and gained the extra man advantage with 24.9 seconds to go. Tatum Coffey ripped a shot from the doorstep, but Schiloski made the save to keep the deficit at 8-4 heading into halftime.

UMass killed off the balance of the penalty to start the second half, but Cyr tallied an even-strength goal to put the Nittany Lions up 9-4 just under two minutes into action.

Tiernan, Murray and Guarino each scored consecutive goals over an eight minute span with the Minutewomen pulling back within two, 9-7, with 19 minutes to play.

Back-to-back draw control wins, however, swung momentum back to Penn State with Fernandez and Katie Guy extending the Nittany Lions lead to 11-7.

Ferris then converted a loose groundball into a goal to pull UMass back within three goals, but Penn State again responded with a Lechner goal to go up 12-8 with with 10:19 to go.

The UMass defense was able to get possession back twice over the next three minutes, but was unable to convert those into goals.

Penn State forced a turnover on UMass' third possession in that span and ran off nearly four minutes of time before the Minutewomen were able to get the ball back.

Terracciano scored with 1:58 to go making it 12-9 and a PSU turnover on the next possession gave the UMass sideline hope for the late rally. The Nittany Lion defense forced a turnover with just over a minute to go, collected the groundball and ran out the balance of the clock to secure the win.

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2013-05-12



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