No. 8 Penn State Holds off No. 19 Princeton for One-Goal Win

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; April 26, 2014 The No. 8 Nittany Lion lacrosse team sent its seniors out in style with a 13-12 victory against 19th-ranked Princeton in their regular-season finale at the Penn State Lacrosse Field Saturday afternoon. Penn State, which honored its seniors prior to the game, played in front of 1,621 fans, the most for a women's lacrosse game at the facility.

The Nittany Lions (10-6, 3-3 ALC), who defeated the Tigers for the first time since 2007, earned their fifth straight 10-win campaign. Penn State dominated the first half en route to an 8-4 halftime lead before Princeton (10-5, 6-1 Ivy) closed the gap during the final 30 minutes. The Tigers netted three of the frame's first four goals before ending the contest with five unanswered strikes.

In her final home game of her career, senior Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) secured her first six-point game since May 12, 2013 with three goals and three assists. The standout now boasts career totals of 105 assists and 199 points as she ranks third and 10th, respectively, on the program's all-time list.

Sophomore midfielder Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.) matched her career high with four goals, while junior attacker Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) added three helpers. Classmates Kelly Lechner (Silver Spring, Md./2g, 1a) and Jess Loizeaux (Mullica Hill, N.J./2g) and sophomore Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md./2g) contributed multi-point games.

Defensively, senior Lauren Purvis (Maple Glen, Pa.), who leads the ALC in caused turnovers per game, secured a game-high four caused turnovers, while Mosketti, who corralled a game-high four draw controls, added three. Freshman goalkeeper Cat Rainone (Newtown Square, Pa.) turned aside seven shots, including two Princeton attempts during the Tigers' feverish comeback attempt.

The Nittany Lions, who went 12 for 13 on clears, out shot Princeton by a 25-24 margin and held advantages in both ground balls (13-10) and caused turnovers (11-6). The Tigers finished 12 for 12 on clears and won 16 draws to Penn State's 11. Sarah Lloyd paced the squad with a four-goal game, while Annie Woehling earned the loss after allowing 12 goals.

Penn State will return to action Thursday, May 1 when it faces Johns Hopkins in the first round of the ALC tournament, to be held at Northwestern's Lakeside Field. Opening draw between the fourth-seeded Nittany Lions and fifth-seeded Blue Jays is set for 3:00 p.m. ET.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (4/26/14) A second-half comeback from the No. 19 ranked Princeton women's lacrosse team fell short by just one goal as the Tigers lost to No. 8 Penn State 13-12 in the regular-season finale.

Princeton (10-5) trailed 8-4 at halftime, the first time the team trailed at halftime in 13 games, since Georgetown on March 1. It was also the first time the team had been down by four goals since that Georgetown game.

The Nittany Lions took their largest lead of the game, 13-7, with 10 minutes to play in the second half. That's when the Tigers stormed back, going on a 5-0 run to make it a one-goal game.

It started on the next draw, as sophomore Alexandra Bruno won it and fed junior Erin McMunn for the score. Less than a minute later junior Blake Dietrick scored her first goal of the season. Sophomore Anna Menke received a pass from senior Mary-Kate Sivilli and buried one, and with less than six minutes remaining it was a 13-10 game.

Penn State (10-6) called a timeout but it didn't stop the Princeton rally. Freshman Amanda Leavell won the next draw but Sivilli's shot went into goalie Cat Rainone's stick. Dietrick caused a turnover, collected the ground ball and a clear was followed up with a free-position attempt. Bruno converted on the attempt with 3:10 left.

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