Cyr Nets Four as No. 12 Penn State Upends No. 7 Hopkins

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; April 18, 2014 Sophomore midfielder Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md.) scored four goals all in the final 30 minutes as the No. 12 Penn State lacrosse team erupted for eight second-half tallies in a 12-10 victory against No. 7 Johns Hopkins at the Penn State Lacrosse Field Friday evening.

The Nittany Lions improved to 9-6 overall and 3-3 in their final regular-season ALC game, while Johns Hopkins fell to 12-3 overall and 2-3 in league play. Penn State defeated a top-five foe for the first time since a 16-11 victory against then-No. 2 Florida during the 2013 season.

Trailing by 7-4 margin at the half, the Nittany Lions opened the second stanza with four straight markers, including three from Cyr in a 26-second span, to take an 8-7 lead. The Blue Jays later tied the game at 8-8 and 9-9 before Penn State tallied three of the final four goals en route to the two-goal triumph. A Westminster, Md., native, Cyr netted four goals in a game for the fourth time this season.

Attacker Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) registered a game-high three assists to push her career total to 102. The attacker became just the third Nittany Lion in the program's 50-year history to reach the 100-assist mark and now sits just 13 helpers shy of tying Julie Tice's all-time mark.

In addition, sophomore Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.) recorded a three-point game (2g, 1a), while junior Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J.), who collected a game-high three caused turnovers, added a goal and an assist. Freshman goalkeeper Cat Rainone (Newtown Square, Pa.) garnered the victory after making five saves in the final 40:06 of the game.

Penn State out shot the Blue Jays by a 26-18 margin and held a 15-9 advantage in draw controls. The Nittany Lions finished 10 for 12 on clears and 1 for 6 on free-position shots, while Johns Hopkins went 11 for 11 and 4 for 6, respectively.

The Nittany Lions will close out the regular season at home Saturday, April 26 when they welcome Princeton to the Penn State Lacrosse Field. The Senior Day match-up will begin at 3:00 p.m.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - Host and 12th-ranked Penn State outscored seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins, 8-3, in the second half to rally for a 12-10 win on Friday night in ALC action.

The Blue Jays fall to 12-3 on the season and 2-3 in the ALC while the Nittany Lions improve to 9-6 on the season and 3-3 in the league. Seniors Sammy Cermack and Taylor D'Amore combined for seven goals and 10 points in the loss.

Penn State used a five-goal run, which began in the second half and spanned just five minutes and 43 seconds, to turn a four-goal deficit into a one-goal lead. Maggie McCormick got the run going with her only goal of the game at the 1:40-mark in the first half.

After winning the draw, the Nittany Lions had a fast break and Mackenzie Cyr found McCormick open on the left post for the quick score to make it 7-4 Hopkins. PSU had a chance to pull within two at the break when Mac. Cyr earned a free position shot with just 10 seconds left, but freshman Caroline Federico came up with a big save to end the period.

The Nittany Lions came out firing to start the second and Ally Heavens made it a two-goal game at 27:54 with a free position goal. Madison Cyr then rattled off three straight goals, in a span of just 26 seconds to push Penn State ahead, 8-7.

D'Amore put an end to the run when she rolled the crease and slipped a shot past Cat Rainone from a tight angle at 22:24. After extended possessions by both teams that ate nearly nine minutes off the clock, Kelly Lechner dodged from the left side and beat Federico stick-side at 13:29 to put PSU back on top, 9-8.

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