UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – No. 7 University of Pennsylvania saw its run in the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship come to an end at the hands of Penn State as the Quakers could not rally from a halftime deficit in an 8-4 loss.
The Quakers netted the first two goals of the game, but the Nittany Lions responded with a six-goal run to cap the first half. Penn went the final 22:31 of the first half without a goal – part of an eventual 27:32 scoreless drought for the Quakers – while the Nittany Lions netted all six of their first-half goals in a span of 7:14, taking advantage of 11 Penn turnovers in the first half.
Caroline Cummings and Catherine Dickinson scored 1:54 apart for Penn in the opening moments of the game, briefly giving the Red and Blue control before the Nittany Lions responded. Madison Cyr had three points in the first half, scoring once and adding two assists.
Cummings had three goals in the game for Penn – her second consecutive hat trick. Penn State did a good job against Penn’s potent trio on attack, holding Nina Corcoran, Alex Condon and Iris Williamson without a point.
The key sequence to denying Penn’s comeback may have come midway through the second half when Emi Smith made back-to-back saves on Nina Corcoran and Iris Williamson from point blank range. The stops came 30 seconds apart and kept the Nittany Lions ahead, 8-3. The Quakers would eventually get within four, but that was as close as they would get.
The Quakers had their chances in the game – outshooting Penn State by a 25-18 margin. However, the Nittany Lions were better in terms of shots on goal, holding a 14-12 edge in that category.
Katy Junior had three caused turnovers and two ground balls on defense, with Megan Kelly adding two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Penn finishes the 2016 season with a 15-5 record – playing a program-high 20 games – and a fourth-ever program appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
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