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November 18, 2016
Nittany Lions knocked out by Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Penn State’s defense of its NCAA championship concluded with a 3-0 loss to No. 15-ranked Virginia in the second round of the tournament at Shaw Field Friday.

The Nittany Lions (12-5-4), missing six players competing the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, were outshot, 20-4.

“Obviously, I am disappointed in the result today,” PSU coach Erica Dambach said. “But, overall, I am proud of this team and I am proud of what they were able to accomplish this season. I want to thank our seniors, Nickolette Driesse and Angela Widlacki. They both provided great leadership in different ways. Nickolette on the field was our blue collar, vocal, leader and she left the program better than she found it. I think she has left a great legacy for this program. In regards to today, I think the team played a good second half, but it wasn’t enough. We finished off that game wanting more, which is exactly what you want heading into the off-season.”

The Cavaliers (15-4-2) took the lead on Meghan Cox’s header off a free kick 54 seconds in. Betsy Brandon (23rd minute) and Taylor Ziemer (75th) also scored.

Nittany Lions freshman Amanda Dennis recorded six saves.

Penn State leads the all-time series against Virginia, 7-4-1 and has a 411-108-33 all-time record (47-20-2 in the tournament).

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