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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The No. 6 Penn State women's lacrosse team was unable to complete the comeback in a 16-13 loss to No. 7 Virginia squad in a 16-13 loss on Saturday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium. Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md.) led the offense with four goals as PSU staged a six-goal comeback in the second half.
Down 12-6, the Penn State (2-1) scored six straight goals in a span of 7:33 to even the game with 9:23 remaining. The momentum tilted to Virginia (3-1) with four straight goals in a six-minute span to regain control of the game as the Cavaliers held on for the victory.
Katie O'Donnell (West Chester, Pa.) registered two goals and an assist along with two draw controls, while Madison Carter (Davidsonville, Md.), Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and Abby Smucker (Bel Air, Md.) each scored two goals, while Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.) added a goal and an assist. Both Carter and Mosketti collected six draws.
During the six-goal spurt, which started with 16:56 remaining in the half, Heavens tallied back-to-back goals: one on the free-position and another with a player advantage with 12:34 remaining.
Smucker scored 30 seconds later and Cyr tallied 36 seconds after that forcing a Virginia timeout with 11:24 to go and a 12-10 lead. Carter's seventh of the year made it 12-11 and 12 seconds later Mosketti won her own draw and went the distance to even the score.
The Cavaliers responded 37 second later with one of Kelly Reese's five goals to regain the lead. Reese scored again from the free-position with 6:20 remaining and Posey Valis scored with 4:38 to go. Kelly Boyd finished off the four-goal run with 2:43 remaining for a 16-12 lead. O'Donnell scored with 1:42, but Virginia won the draw to ice the game.
The story of the first half was Virginia connecting on nine of its 10 shots on goal, while Penn State scoring just five times on 14 shots on goal as UVa staked a 9-5 advantage.
Virginia scored on its first two shots of the game in the first three minutes and Penn State responded with back-to-back tallies 18 seconds apart by Cyr (26:38) and O'Donnell (26:20) to even the score at two.
Virginia responded with a 3-0 run of its own for a 5-2 lead with 15:43 to go before Smucker connected on the free-position attempt with 9:54 remaining. UVa stretched the lead to four on consecutive goals at6:57 and 5:18 for a 7-3 margin.
The two teams traded goals down the stretch with Mosketti scoring with 5:01, Virginia's Besser Dyson marking at 4:37 and PSU's Cyr scoring with only 13 seconds remaining for what looked to be an 8-5 deficit. The Cavaliers won the ensuing draw, however, and Kasey Behr scored as time expired for a 9-5 advantage.
To start the second half, Carter scored to open the scoring in the before Reese, Dyson and Mary Alati tallied three straight UVa goals for the 12-6 lead.
UVa's Rachel Vander Kolk had nine saves in the opening 30 minutes. She finished with 11 saves as Penn State scored on eight of their 10 shots on goal in the second half. On the other end of the field, Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) had three saves and 10 goals allowed in 34:38 of action, while Cat Rainone (Newtown Square, Pa.) made one save in 25:22 of action, coming on in the second half.
Penn State fell to 17-21 all-time against the Cavaliers as the teams met for the 38th time in the past 33 years. Last year, the two teams split their meetings with Virginia taking a 16-15 regular-season bout in Happy Valley before PSU won the rematch, 13-11, in Charlottesville during the NCAA Tournament.
Penn State held a 37-29 advantage in shots and a 15-13 edge in draw controls. Both teams were perfect on clears with PSU successfully clearing on all 13 attempts and Virginia converting its 17.
Penn State returns to action on Wednesday, March 2 evening at former ALC rival and future Big Ten foe Johns Hopkins. Opening draw is slated for 4 p.m. in Baltimore.