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NCAA women’s playoffs: Penn State edges Canisius, 14-13

Friday, 10th May 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, NCAA Women's Final Four  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/10/13
From Press Release

Senior Molly Fernandez recorded her 100th career goal and junior Mackenzie Cyr tallied a team-high three points as the seventh-seeded Penn State women’s lacrosse team edged Canisius, 14-13, in NCAA first-round action at the Penn State Lacrosse Field Friday night.

The Nittany Lions (13-6), who secured their first 13-win season since 1999, advanced to the NCAA Second Round and will face the winner of the Massachusetts-Connecticut first-round matchup Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m.

Cyr recorded her sixth hat trick of the season, while Fernandez netted two strikes to reach the 100-goal plateau. Four additional Nittany Lions, including sophomores Kelly Lechner and Maggie McCormick and freshmen Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley) and Jenna Mosketti, notched two-goal games. Freshman goalkeeper Emi Smith turned aside four shots for the victory.

After holding a 6-5 halftime lead, Penn State increased its advantage to 13-9 with 13:48 remaining before the Golden Griffins (14-5) staged their comeback. Canisius fought back with a 4-1 run, including a final tally with 12 seconds remaining in the game, to make it 14-13, but the Nittany Lions were able to run out the clock.

Penn State, which improved to 6-2 when hosting an NCAA tournament game, outshot the Golden Griffins by a 37-25 margin and earned 22 draws to Canisius’ seven. The Nittany Lions went 12-for-12 on clears and 3-

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