Seventh-seeded Penn State earns second-round win against Massachusetts
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Junior attacker Mackenzie Cyr notched her second six-point game in a row and sophomore attacker Maggie McCormick recorded four goals and two assists to lead seventh-seeded Penn State to a 12-9 victory against Massachusetts in the second round of the NCAA tournament at the Penn State Lacrosse Field on Sunday.
The Nittany Lions (14-6), who improved to 9-0 at home and 7-2 when hosting an NCAA tournament game, won consecutive NCAA tournament games for the first time since 1999 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the consecutive year. Penn State will play Northwestern in the quarterfinal round on May 18.
Cyr moved into sole possession of fifth place on Penn State's career assists list with four helpers, while McCormick netted her fifth four-goal game of the season. Sophomore Kelly Lechner recorded her seventh three-goal game in the past eight contests, while senior Molly Fernandez added a two-goal outing. Sophomore Tatum Coffey, who has scored in every game in 2013, contributed her 28th marker.
Senior defender Katie Guy corralled a game-high six draw controls to push her career total to 101, while junior midfielder Evan Foulsham collected a career-high four ground balls. Freshman goalkeeper Emi Smith made seven saves.
Penn State dominated draws by a 14-9 margin and finished 15-for-18 on clears. The Minutewomen (18-3) outshot the Nittany Lions by a 25-21 margin and won the ground-ball battle 19-15. Tanner Guarino and Cori Murray led Massachusetts with three points each, while Jamie Schiloski was the goalkeeper of record with four saves.