No. 9 Penn State Jumps to Early Lead, Downs No. 12 Loyola

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 8, 2014 Paced by sophomore midfielder Madison Cyr's (Westminster, Md.) career-high six points (4g, 2a), No. 9 Penn State rolled past No. 12 Loyola, 18-11, at the Penn State Lacrosse Field Saturday afternoon.

The Nittany Lions, who evened their all-time series with the Greyhounds at 14 wins apiece, improved to 3-3 overall (0-0 ALC) with their first victory against Loyola (2-4, 0-0 Patriot League) since 2010.

Cyr, who matched her career high in assists (2) and added a pair of caused turnovers and a ground ball, dominated the Greyhounds all over the field as she set personal bests in goals (4), points (6) and draw controls (5). Both midfielders Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md.) and Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.) netted four-goal games, while freshman Abby Smucker (Bel Air, Md.) notched her first three-marker performance.

In addition, senior attacker Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) and junior attacker Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) added a goal and three assists each, while classmate Jess Loizeaux (Mullica Hill, N.J.) collected a three-point game (1g, 2a). In all, seven Nittany Lions recorded at least three points.

On the defensive side, sophomore midfielder Ally Heavens' (Garnet Valley, Pa.) career-high four ground balls paced the team, while senior Lauren Purvis (Maple Glen, Pa.) secured a personal best in caused turnovers (3). Freshman goalkeeper Cat Rainone (Newtown Square, Pa.) turned aside six shots as she earned the win, while junior Natalia Angelo (Summit, N.J.) made one stop in relief.

In the first half, Penn State stormed out of the gate en route to a 9-3 halftime advantage. The Greyhounds twice cut the deficit to two in the opening stanza, but Penn State ratcheted up the pressure and closed out the opening 30 with four straight goals.

After a pair of quick strikes early in the second extended the Penn State advantage to 11-3, the Greyhounds found their most success, scoring four straight goals to make it an 11-7 contest. The Nittany Lions then responded with a 5-0 run as they pushed their lead to 16-7. Loyola closed the game on a 4-2 run, but Penn State earned the seven-goal victory.

The Nittany Lions out shot the Greyhounds by a 32-21 margin and held advantages in ground balls (16-12) and draw controls (20-11). Penn State finished a perfect 13 for 13 on clears and went 3 for 7 on free-position shots, while Loyola ended 13 for 13 and 2 for 4, respectively.

The Nittany Lions will return to action Wednesday, March 12 when they travel to future Big Ten rival Rutgers. Opening draw is set for 3:00 p.m.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. No. 9 Penn State jumped out to an early lead and the No. 12 Loyola lacrosse team was unable to overcome the early deficit, falling 18-11 at Penn State Lacrosse Field Saturday afternoon.

Senior Ali Habicht and junior Kara Burke notched their first hat tricks of the season with three goals each for Loyola (2-4), while juniors Annie Thomas and Taryn VanThof had two goals apiece. Junior Hannah Schmitt added one goal and one assist.

Penn State (3-3) was led by Madison Cyr, Kelly Lechner and Jenna Mosketti's four goals each.

Turnovers plagued the Greyhounds through the first half as they won the opening three draw controls, but Penn State caused turnovers and turned each of those possessions into goals, as the Nittany Lions opened the game on a 4-0 run.

Habicht scored Loyola's first goal at 22:34, converting a free position shot, and VanThof made it two straight Greyhound goals with a score at 21:28.

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