Series Record (Streak): Penn State leads 6-2 (L2)
Last Meeting: L, 13-12 (2OT) (March 13, 2013 at Ithaca, N.Y.)
Last Win: April 18, 1975 at Chapel Hill, N.C., 20-2
PENN STATE AND CORNELL MEET FOR MIDWEEK MATCH
For the second straight season, the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Big Red of Cornell will meet for a midseason showdown. Both teams were in action over the weekend with the Nittany Lions falling to Northwestern, 5-4, and the Big Red beating Dartmouth, 11-10.
ALL-TIME VS. CORNELL
This is the ninth time these two teams will take the field against one another and third time since 2001. Cornell won the previous two meetings 15-7 and 11-9, respectively. These two teams met six times from 1968-1975, with Penn State's last win in the series coming in 1975.
Eight Nittany Lions have registered at least one point against Cornell in their career. Junior attacker Maggie McCormick (2g, 1a) and sophomore midfielder Jenna Mosketti (2g, 1a) lead the Nittany Lions with three career-points. Two midfielders - Mackenzie Cyr and Kelly Lechner - both have two goals against the Big Red in their career, while Madison Cyr (1g), Tatum Coffey (1g), and Ally Heavens (1g) all have one career-point against Cornell.
LAST TIME VS. THE BIG RED
Penn State came out of the gate strong against Cornell, scoring first in the game and stringing together four goals in a row to get the Big Red on their heels. The Nittany Lions took a 7-5 lead into halftime, but Cornell responded in the second half outscoring Penn State 6-4 to force overtime. After both teams recorded one goal in the first overtime period, Cornell scored the game-winning goal with 4:17 left in the second overtime period.
Attacker Maggie McCormick and midfielder Jenna Mosketti registered two goals and one assist against Cornell in the setback. Mackenzie Cyr and Kelly Lechner both scored two goals in the game, while goalkeeper Emi Smith made a season-high 12 saves in more than 67 minutes of work.
Cornell enters the game after beating Dartmouth College, 11-10, on Saturday, April 5. The Big Red is led by junior attacker Lindsay Toppe, who has 40 points (31g, 9a) through 10 games this season. Six players on the team have registered at least 14 points this season, and Cornell is ranked No. 3 in the Ivy League conference averaging 11.33 goals per game and no. 1 in assists with 5.67 per game.
Renee Poullott has been Cornell's top goalkeeper this season. In nine starts, the freshman has made 55 saves while allowing 66 goals. She has a record of 5-4 and is averaging 8.96 goals per game.
CYR'S SCORING STREAK CONTINUES
Sophomore Madison Cyr scored two goals against ALC rival Northwestern, bringing her season total to a team-high 27 and giving her 20 goals over Penn State's last seven outings. Through 12 games last season, Cyr had 11 points (7g, 4a); she has nearly tripled her production through 12 games this season.
COFFEY GETTING CLOSE
After registering a helper against Northwestern on Friday night, junior midfielder Tatum Coffey is now just one assist shy from tying her career-high of 11 assists in one season.
GETTING BACK ON TRACK
Penn State will attempt to get back into the win column after falling to the Northwestern Wildcats, 5-4. The Nittany Lions are 2-2 this season following a loss and 13-7 under head coach Missy Doherty.
After holding the Northwestern Wildcats to five goals, the Nittany Lions have now held seven opponents to under 10 goals this season. Penn State is 6-1 this season when they hold their opponent to under 10 goals.
LIONS AMONG ALC LEADERS
Penn State has forced its opponents into 119 turnovers this season, putting them second in the conference in that category behind only Johns Hopkins' 121 caused turnovers. Senior Lauren Purvis leads the ALC in caused turnovers per game.
Through 12 games this season, eight Nittany Lions have registered 10 goals or more. All in all, 18 girls on the roster have at least one goal, marking the highest total number of players to register a point in Doherty's four years at the helm.
PURVIS' STRONG PLAY CONTINUES
Senior defender Lauren Purvis continues to play well on the defensive end after causing one turnover and corralling a groundball against the Northwestern Wildcats. Purvis is the team-leader in ground balls (22) and caused turnovers (22).
LOIZEAUX MAKING A BIG IMPACT
The junior-transfer missed her sophomore season at the University of Virginia, but attacker Jess Loizeaux has hit the field hard this year and is sixth on the team with 25 points (16, 9a).
ON THE HORIZON
Following their matchup against Cornell, the Nittany Lions will travel to Ohio State on Sunday, April 13 for an ALC game against the Buckeyes. Game time is set for 1 p.m.