UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (March 25, 2012) - The William and Mary lacrosse team led ninth-ranked Penn State midway through the second half, but the Nittany Lions rallied back for a 9-7 victory on Sunday afternoon at PSU Lacrosse Field.
The tightly contested game featured four ties, and neither team led by more than two goals at any point.
Junior Kyrstin Mackrides led the Tribe (2-8) with three goals, while freshman Kaleigh Noon recorded two assists and a team-high three draw controls. Defensively, senior Sarah Mulvey caused two turnovers and totaled three ground balls, while freshman goalie Lucy Ferguson finished with a game-high 11 saves.
Although Penn State (8-2) got on the scoreboard first with a goal by Tatum Coffey less than a minute into play, the Tribe responded with a 3-0 run. Sophomore Jenna Dougherty provided the first goal off an assist from Noon with 28:00 showing, while Mackrides found the back of the cage less than three minutes later. Senior Maggie Anderson finished off the run midway through the half off another assist from Noon.
PSU outscored the College, 2-1, during the remainder of the half to narrow the margin to one, 4-3, at the intermission. Mackrides provided the Tribe's goal during the stretch.
Ferguson came up big during the opening half, as she totaled eight saves during the opening 30 minutes of action.
W&M struck first in the second stanza, as Mackrides tallied her third goal of the afternoon with 24:36 remaining. However, PSU answered with back-to-back goals by Molly Fernandez to knot the score at 5-5 with 20:19 on the clock.
The College reclaimed one-goal leads on two more occasions following scores by senior Jenny Michael (17:23) and sophomore Taelor Salmon (13:20), but PSU closed the game with three unanswered goals to secure the comeback victory.
Penn State outshot W&M, 33-16, and owned a 23-15 advantage in ground balls, while each team totaled nine draw controls apiece.
Fernandez led Penn State with three goals, while Coffey and Mackenzie Cyr both scored twice.
With its non-conference slate complete, the Tribe will begin league play when it hosts Old Dominion next Sunday at 1:30 p.m.