Women's Roundup: Cyr Does It All in Penn State Win
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Senior midfielder Madison Cyr scored a career-high six goals and junior attacker Steph Lazo doled out seven assists, as the surging Penn State women's lacrosse team led from start to finish in a 14-10 victory over Princeton in a top-10 showdown Wednesday in Happy Valley.
"They just did a great job of being patient and seeing each other," Nittany Lions coach Missy Doherty said of Lazo and Cyr. "Steph did a good job of challenging in so it looked like a threat and keeping her head up for Madison."
Cyr also wrought havoc on defense, causing seven turnovers, also a career high. The swarming Penn State defense harangued the Tigers into 23 turnovers and held them without a shot for the first 10 minutes. The Nittany Lions jumped out to a 6-0 lead, with senior midfielder Jenna Mosketti scoring all three of her goals in the opening onslaught.
Penn State, ranked No. 10 in the latest Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division I Top 20, improved to 7-1 with its fifth straight win. The Nittany Lions are headed across the country to take on No. 8 Stanford on Sunday.
Sandwiched between those two teams in the rankings, No. 9 Princeton dropped its second straight game after starting the season 4-0. The Tigers scored the first three goals of the second half to pull within three, but Penn State blew the game open by scoring six of the next eight goals. Midfielder Abby Finkelston led Princeton with three goals and an assist.
Duke Survives Another Scare
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Duke's unpredictability continues.
The Blue Devils, coming off of a potentially season-turning 17-5 rout of then-No. 5 Louisville, trailed lowly Columbia 6-3 in the second half before exploding for five goals in fewer than five minutes en route to an 11-7 win Wednesday.
Senior Kelci Smesko scored a game-high four goals and sophomore Kyra Harney added three for No. 14 Duke, which improved to 6-4. The Blue Devils settled down after committing eight first-half turnovers.
Delaware Upends Temple in Philly
PHILADELPHIA — Delaware scored the game's last four goals to pull away from No. 20 Temple for a 10-4 win Wednesday, the sixth straight victory for the Blue Hens. Delaware held the Owls to their fewest goals this season. Temple (7-2) had won seven straight coming into the game. Senior Casey Lyons led the Blue Hens with three goals and two assists. At 8-1, Delaware is off to its best start since 2000.
DiMartino Sets Hopkins' Single-Game Draw Record
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Senior Dene' DiMartino scored three goals and reeled in a school single-game record 10 draw controls to lead Johns Hopkins to a 12-11 victory Wednesday at Vanderbilt.
The Blue Jays (6-3), who also got three goals and an assist from sophomore Emily Kenul, opened up a three-goal lead late in the second half.
The Commodores (4-4) scored two free-position goals to pull within one and had a chance to tie the game with 22 seconds remaining, but Kayla Petterson's shot sailed high and Johns Hopkins recovered the possession to clinch the win.
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