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March 3, 2013

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 6 Virginia women’s lacrosse team found itself on the wrong end of six ties and six lead changes, as No. 10 Penn State (3-1) escaped Klöckner Stadium Sunday with a 15-14 win.

After winning the first two draw controls, UVa quickly took a 2-0 lead on back-to-back goals by Dana Boyle. Tatum Coffey put Penn State on the board for the first time at 22:57, but Morgan Stephens retaliated at 20:25, giving UVa back a two-goal lead, 3-1.

Mackenzie Cyr scored back-to-back goals for Penn State to commence a 4-1 run for the Nittany Lions, giving PSU its first lead of the game, 5-4. The spurt by Penn State turned the contest into a game of runs.

UVa scored the next four goals to head into the intermission with a commanding 8-5 lead. Ashlee Warner started the run, followed by back-to-back goals by Caroline McTiernan and Daniela Eppler capping the run with 36 seconds left before halftime.

Penn State burst out of the break with a 6-0 run, taking an 11-8 lead on Virginia. Kelly Lechner capped the run with 20:21 left in the game. Virginia came bouncing right back, using a 4-0 streak to retake the lead, 12-11. Anne Thomas started the run on a pass from Boyle. Warner scored twice during the run, including capping the surge at 16:19. UVa never led again.

Penn State used another 4-0 run to retake the lead for good, 15-12. Coffey started the run by tying the game at 9:21. Coffey scored again during the run and Jenna Mosketti finished the Penn State scoring at 4:11.

Virginia made a stellar attempt at coming back, registering two quick goals on unassisted scores by Boyle and Casey Bocklet. UVa committed a violation on the ensuing draw control at 1:47 and Penn State was able to run out the clock, securing the triumph.

UVa won the battle of shots (36-30), ground balls (17-15), draw controls (16-15) but had seven yellow cards to Penn State’s one. UVa had 12 turnovers, while Penn State had nine.

Bocklet led UVa with five points on two goals and three assists. Boyle and Warner led UVa with three goals.

UVa returns to action on Saturday when the Cavaliers travel to Chapel Hill to face No. 3 North Carolina. First draw is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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