After trailing by four, Cornell cut the score to 9-8 with 24:44 to play and appeared to come up with the equalizer, but had it called back because of an illegal stick. The momentum shift gave Penn State the chance to capitalize on draw controls and produce two quick tallies to take an 11-8 lead with 18:19 on the clock. The Big Red did not score for the remainder of the contest as the Lions rattled off each of the last four goals to seal the win.
Cyr had the final score of the game at 5:06, but did the majority of work in the first half, producing back-to-back scores twice. Tatum Coffey joined her as a top performer, coming up with five points off two goals and a career-high tying three assists. In all, six Nittany Lion players found the back of the net with nine of 13 goals coming off teammate assists.
The score remained within two goals for the majority of the first half as the teams battled through three ties and Penn State's only deficit of the game, 4-3, with 11:01 to play until the intermission. From there, the Lions scored six of the next seven goals – including four by Cyr – and took over the lead for good, 5-4, at the 8:01 mark in the first half.
Cornell came out of the break and scored two within the first 5:16 of the period, but would be held scoreless the rest of the way. Abby Smucker produced two goals within 12 seconds of each other off assists by Coffey and Mackenzie Cyr, respectively, and added an assist of her own on the final Madison Cyr score. Coffey had the remaining score in that four-goal run, coming up with one of the team's two unassisted goals of the day.
Penn State out-shot Cornell 28-16 and had a 15-5 advantage on ground balls, thanks to 15 turnovers by the Big Red. The Lions had the 13-11 edge in draw controls, including a 6-2 margin in the second half when they won five of the last six. Jenna Mosketti controlled six draws, while Madison Cyr came up with five. Penn State goalie Emi Smith made five saves in her seventh complete game of the year, while Renee Poullott came up with seven stops in goal for Cornell.
The Lions return to action vs. No. 17 Ohio State at 1 p.m. Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes have won eight of their last nine games and are 10-4 on the season with a 3-1 mark in the American Lacrosse Conference. Penn State has captured each of the last eight meetings with Ohio State, including all five of the last regular-season meetings.
--Penn State Athletic Communications
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