Penn State's second-half spurt launches No. 10 Nittany Lions past No. 2 Florida
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- After facing a three-goal halftime deficit, No. 10 Penn State outscored No. 2 Florida by a 10-2 margin in the second half to upset the Gators 16-11 on Saturday.
Penn State (7-3, 2-0 ALC), which erupted for 16 markers against the nation's second-ranked defense, captured its third consecutive win and toppled its highest ranked opponent since downing second-ranked North Carolina 8-7 in overtime April 6, 2007. The Nittany Lions also improved to 2-0 in league play for the first time since 2005, while snapping Florida's (13-1, 1-1 ALC) 24-game regular-season win streak.
The Nittany Lions trailed for nearly the entire first half but never let the Gators take more than a three-goal lead. The teams exchanged goals early in the second half to give Florida the 10-7 advantage, but momentum began to shift as Penn State went on a 6-0 run. After junior Mackenzie Cyr tied the game with 19:14 left after a lengthy possession, freshman Jenna Mosketti gave the Nittany Lions their first lead with 18:29 remaining in the game.
Florida, which averaged more than 14 goals per game entering Saturday, only tallied once more as Penn State rolled to the upset victory. In a dominating second half at both ends of the field, the Nittany Lions outshot the Gators 17-3 while dominating draw controls by a 9-2 margin. For the game, Penn State outshot Florida 29-21 and won 19 draws to the Gators' 12. Penn State finished 12-for-13 on clears, while Florida went 12-for-14.
Sophomore Tatum Coffey recorded a game-high five points (four goals and one assist), while six additional Nittany Lions recorded multi-point games. Freshman Ally Heavens scored a season-high three goals, while classmate Emi Smith made four saves. Mosketti collected a game-high four draw controls, and defender Colleen Shea secured a team-high two caused turnovers.