Penn State was on the right track after 20 minutes but could not string together three successful periods and suffered a 4-1 road loss to Robert Morris on Friday night.
The Colonials (12-14-3, 8-10-1 CHA) entered the contest winning only two of their 14 games since regular season action resumed at the beginning of the calendar year. After one period, it appeared possible that the Nittany Lions (7-23-2, 1-16-2 CHA) could break a skid of their own, taking a 1-0 lead on the strength of a goal by center Emily Laurenzi.
The Lions' defensive effort held the shutout until about halfway through the game. But Rebecca Vint, who now leads the Colonials in goals and assists with 15 apiece, knotted the game up at the 10:22 mark of the second period. Minutes later, Dayna Newsom tallied a powerplay goal for the Colonials to take the lead.
The second period comeback was fueled by the team's 30 shots to the Lions' five. The Lions, who were ultimately out-shot 63-14 on the night, managed to take only four shots in the final stanza to cement the defeat.
The Lions are now 0-11-1 since their last win, which wrapped up a sweep of Chatham at home on Jan. 5. They play the Colonials again at 3 p.m. on Saturday in their final game of the regular season