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By Jeff Sattora, GoPSUsports.com
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- The Penn State women's lacrosse team has made a habit of playing late into the season, and in its seventh consecutive postseason appearance and coming off back-to-back Final Four runs, the program is ready for the pressure and high-stakes matchups again this May. 

 Though the Nittany Lions are coming off a 10-9 regular season and tough loss in the Big Ten Tournament final to Maryland, for head coach Missy Doherty and her players, the postseason offers a fresh start. 

"We had a really young team this year, we learned a lot throughout the season," Doherty said.  "We're really focused in, it's a new season for us and a chance to prove where we are at this point in the season," she added.

While Doherty's squad is young, the team still is led by players with postseason experience.  Junior Madison Carter leads the Lions with 57 goals on the year, followed by senior captain and Big Ten Midfielder of the Year Katie O'Donnell and sophomore Maria Auth with 56 and 52 respectively.  That group is three of seven double-digit goal scoring Nittany Lions that have been members of at least one of the last two Final Four runs.  O'Donnell echoed her coach, knowing this time of year is a clean slate.  

"Postseason is a new season, your record is 0-0 again," she said.  "It doesn't really matter what you did in the regular season because this is when it really counts."

Penn State will begin its clean slate against in-state rival Penn (13-4), who the Nittany Lions took down in the 2016 postseason to reach the Final Four.  The matchup and this time of year brings a level of excitement for the program.

"We're really excited for the tournament," Doherty said.  "It's such a great place to be in your season to be practicing and getting ready to play some of the best teams in the country.  Going to Stony Brook and playing Penn, Penn is such a great team and it gives us another opportunity to bring our best."

"We had kind of an up and down year so to make NCAAs this year was a big thing for us," O'Donnell added.  "We're really happy that we just get to keep spending the days together and keep playing lacrosse.  It's pretty awesome."

For members of the 2016 and 2017 Final Four teams, like O'Donnell and junior defender Kelly Daggett, looking back and using that previous big game experience will be key for this year's younger squad.

"It's a great memory for us, the past two years we've gone all the way to Memorial Day weekend and that's been incredible for us," Daggett said.  "From a heart and an effort point we really want to get their again and we keep reminding the freshmen this is what we do, we get to the Final Four."

While the freshmen have gotten that reminder and are heading into their first postseason run, the Nittany Lions are confident the group will step up.  

"They've been great, it's been really awesome to see them grow from the time they came in August til now," O'Donnell said.  "I really can't wait to see how they finish the season." 

The Nittany Lions hope that finish to their season doesn't come anytime soon, as Penn State will take its first step to the Final Four again as they travel to Stony Brook, New York to take on Penn Friday at 5pm.  The winner will face fifth-seeded Stony Brook Sunday at noon. 

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By: Briana Zuccarelli, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- With the Big Ten Tournament beginning this week, the Nittany Lions are preparing physically and mentally for what is to come.

While getting ready for one of the most important games of thee season, Penn State is focused on finishing the academic year strong. Head coach Missy Doherty wants to make sure the team heads into the tournament ready to play. 

"Exam week is going to be over for us as they are finishing up today and tomorrow," Doherty said. "It will be nice to have that weight of their shoulders a little bit. A new season, new opportunity with four teams in it and we're proud to be one of the best four teams in the conference with the number 3 seed." 

The team will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan Friday to take on No. 2 seed, Northwestern in the second semifinal. Coach Doherty reflected on when the two teams met just a few short weeks ago. 

"I think we have to be ready to help defensively," Doherty said on where her team needs to improve following the earlier season loss. "A couple times we got caught just watching them come in and not sending help soon enough for some goals. A couple tough breaks didn't go our way so we want to do everything to make that happen." 

The last time Northwestern and Penn State met was in mid-April, where the Nittany Lions fell in a 17-13 loss. 

Despite the outcome in that game, it was one of the many times throughout the later part of the season the team has seen encouraging performances from the freshman class.

"I think that our freshmen have stepped up in a lot of ways, which is hard because there are so many of them starting this year on an especially young team," captain Kayla Brisolari said. "I think they've grown into themselves, they've showed a lot of confidence and they are willing to shoot the ball in big moments during our big games."

In that mix of freshmen starters is Sophia Triandafils, who already shows a great level of confidence according to sophomore Kristen Roberto.

"Coming in as a freshman, she has already made such a big difference on our team," Roberto said. "She's only going to keep getting better as she gets older."  

Freshman goalie Lucy Lowe has also grown in her position from the beginning of the season. From only playing half the game in the start of the season, to playing all 60 minutes, Lowe has made massive saves for the team that don't go unrecognized. 

This past weekend, Lowe tied her career-high with 13 saves against Michigan, which she originally set in the matchup against Northwestern. 

"Lucy has done an incredible job for us," Roberto said. "She has come up with huge saves for us which is amazing as a freshman. She's only going to get better and better each year and I can't wait to watch her grow as a player." 

As the team continues to prepare in hopes of winning a Big Ten Championship, they share some words of advice to the younger players who have yet to play in a tournament. 

"Just need to continue taking chances," Doherty said. "There has been a lot of pressure on the freshmen and sophomores this year to step up. We have a lot of them in the starting lineup, so we want them to be able to assert themselves. We need more of everyone on the team being leaders."

 Penn State may be young, but the Nittany Lions know they have what it takes to be successful if they focus on improving the little things and continue to be aggressive.

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By Jeff Sattora, GoPSUsports.com

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- Senior Day for an athletic program is often all about the seniors playing their final time on their home field, and while that was on the mind of many Nittany Lions and their fans on Saturday prior to their matchup against the Michigan Wolverines, the takeaway postgame is about regrouping for the stretch run following a 12-11 last-second loss to end the regular season. 

 

For Penn State head coach Missy Doherty, the team needs to take the loss and regroup before postseason play next week in the Big Ten Tournament.   

 

"We need to be better.  We're going into the Big Ten tournament and we're not going to do well if we played like we played today," Doherty said.

 

"We need to stay composed for a whole 60 minutes and we didn't today," junior Madison Carter added.  "That's definitely a lesson we need to take moving forward.  You never know what play is going to win the game and it goes down to the final seconds."

 

While the result didn't go the Nittany Lions' way, it wasn't all negatives for the home team to end the regular season. 

 

Six Nittany Lions scored goals in the first half to help jump the Lions out to a 6-0 lead in the first 14 minutes of action, and seven Nittany Lions put the ball in the back of the net on the afternoon, led by two goals each from Maria Auth, Kayla Brisolari, Quinn Nicolai, and Kristin Roberto. 

 

The six early goal scorers included two seniors on their special day, Katie O'Donnell and Maddie Gallagher, and although the lead didn't hold, the fast start was something the team can remember. 

 

"I hope so," head coach Missy Doherty said on if the team can take positives from the balanced scoring and strong start.  "We're still growing and learning but at this point in the season we really just have to be able to execute." 

 

"When we move the ball and we're on all the same page great things happen," Carter, who scored once today, said.  "We kind of fell off that in the second half a little bit but we just have to finish our shots and that makes a big difference."

 

The defense was another positive the team is looking to take postgame. 

 

"Our defense did a great job coming up with some really good stops.  The [Michigan shot] clock ran out a couple times, the defense was playing tough," Doherty added. 

 

Penn State needed that defense as despite the fast start, as Michigan made a late first half run.  The Wolverines got on the board with back-to-back goals to end the first half and made it three then four straight goals to start the second half, pulling to a 6-4 deficit early in the final half. 

 

Though sophomore Kristin Roberto was finally able to end the Michigan run, putting her second goal of the game in the back of the net with 22:44 to go in the game to push the lead to 7-4, the Wolverines didn't back down, scoring again less than two minutes later to make it a two-goal game once again. 

 

The two teams would go back-and-forth in the final 20 minutes of playing, as Michigan finally tied it at 9-9 with 5:39 to go.  Penn State was able to take leads of 10-9 and 11-10 in the final minutes before the final result went the other way. 

 

With the regular season over and postseason play upon them, the Nittany Lions are looking forward. 

 

"We have a big week ahead of us going into Big Tens," Carter said.  "People are a little bit disappointed right now, sleep on it and tomorrow we got a lot of work to do."

 

"We have to rebound," Doherty added.  "The Big Ten Tournament gives us a second chance."

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By: Briana Zuccarelli, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- With the final game of the regular season approaching, the Penn State women's lacrosse team says goodbye to six graduating seniors. 

On Saturday, seniors Katie O'Donnell, Maggie Gallagher, Bridget Chakey, Allie Dolder, Madison Day, and Shelby Wells will be honored for their time on the team during the senior game against the Michigan Wolverines.

"It's sad," said Gallagher. "I don't want to leave yet. I have had a great four years and I don't think I want it to end. Not being able to play a competitive sport anymore is going to definitely be different. So, I think it's going to be a different transition. It's just really sad." 

This senior class will be recognized by not only their families and teammates, but from the coaching staff as they have led the team to great success from the moment they each walked onto campus. When they first arrived at Penn State, it was a whirlwind of emotions, but they each knew they had a job as a member of the lacrosse team, and that was to compete.

As freshmen, the team headed to the Big Ten Tournament, where they defeated Northwestern in the second round and took down Ohio State (13-7) to earn the program's first Big Ten tournament title. As sophomores and juniors, they experienced back-to-back NCAA national semifinal appearances. This marked the first time PSU had made back-back appearances in nearly 30 years. 

"These seniors have been a huge part of our transition forward," head coach Missy Doherty said. "I mean in their four years here we won that Big Ten Championship and went to two Final Fours. They've really helped us take this program to the next level. 

With three successful years in the books, the seniors are looking to make one final run in play, and then plan to move their focus on competing for another Big Ten Championship title. Although success was a major accomplishment for this class, Doherty believes their leadership has set them apart from the rest. 

"I think that is what's special with Penn State and our program," she said. "Our seniors are the first to include the freshmen and make them feel like they are a part of the family. There is no hierarchy when it comes to behavior and our classes; it is one team."

As they prepare for their final matchup of the regular season, the seniors recalled some of their favorite memories as Penn Staters. While most said they enjoyed winning the Big Ten championship as freshman, O'Donnell had a different memory in mind from the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

"I would definitely say sophomore year, going down to Florida for that first weekend and getting that first win over a No. 2 team," O'Donnell said. "To be the underdogs going into that game and coming out on top was just really awesome. To be able to be a part of the first time this program has went to a Final Four in so many years was just really amazing."

The team will look to move to 10-7 for the season and 4-2 in the Big Ten conference on Saturday. This game will be bittersweet for this team, but the senior class has much to be thankful for knowing they left their mark on the program. 

"I would definitely say, looking back, the best part of being a student-athlete, especially here at Penn State. All the opportunities we're given," said O'Donnell. "I'm just really grateful for the positions I've gotten to be in in the past four years and being a part of this program."

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By Briana Zuccarelli, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- The Penn State Nittany Lions head into their final stretch of regular season play, which may be the most difficult games of the season.

The Nittany Lions will face the first and third-ranked lacrosse programs in the country in their next two games, No. 3 Maryland followed by No. 1 Stony Brook, both on the road. Penn State is now 9-5 on its season and 3-1 in Big Ten play. Head coach Missy Doherty knows it will be a challenge but believes her team is ready. 

"I think we are always competing hard and our players are always in every game," Doherty said. "I think we need to make some momentum plays. At certain points, there have been a couple losses where the other team just scored at the right time. Going against the better offenses, I think we need to find a way to make some better stops."

On Thursday, the team will travel to College Park, Maryland to take on the Terrapins. Maryland now sits at 14-1 for its season and has a perfect 4-0 record in the Big Ten. Thursday's game will mark Maryland and Penn State's 55th meeting.

 "I think a lot of teams have the same history with Maryland," Doherty said. "They're a team that certainly wins. For us, coming back-to-back two Final Fours, is great experience for our program and taught our team a lot. Our last regular season games against them have been tight games and good matches. I think we have the type of players that can compete hard against any team." 

After the matchup against Maryland, the Nittany Lions will then have to focus on playing No. 1 Stony Brook on Tuesday, April 24th in New York. This will be the first time since 2005 that Penn State faced a top-3 team in back-to-back weeks.

 "It is never hard to get the team motivated when playing teams like Maryland and Stony Brook," Doherty explained. "Playing in those games, you have to do the simple things well all the time. You can't have any minor mistakes that turn into bigger ones when you play these better teams." 

The Nittany Lions are focusing on being consistent and playing the full 60 minutes heading into their last three games against Maryland, Stony Brook, and Michigan. Senior Madison Carter explained the importance of consistency and not letting an away game change your mindset. 

"I mean, we love to play at home," Carter said prior to the two road games. "But we also need to love playing away too. We can't let it change our mindset and we can't let the travel and being on the road get to you. We just have to stay having a good mindset like we would if we were playing here at home."

Carter also explained what the experienced players have been telling some of the younger ones, leading into the toughest games of the season. 

Players like freshmen Rachel Rosen, Quinn Nicolai, Sophia Triandafils, and Lucy Lowe, will continue to be pushed to make big plays, especially heading into the final games of the season. Rosen now has four goals and 12 assists for the season, while Nicolai leads the freshman with 19 goals and 24 points followed closely behind by Triandafils with 18 goals and 23 points. Lowe, the starting goalie, now has a .439 save percentage on the season. 

"They just need to treat it like any other game," Carter said. "Maryland is obviously a big Big Ten game for us, but they can't let the outside pressures and the hype of the game get to them. Just come out, bring what you do best and play your hardest for the full 60 minutes."

Penn State Falls Short in First B1G Loss

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By Briana Zuccarelli, GoPSUsports.com student staff writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- The Nittany Lions returned to Panzer Stadium and Big Ten play Saturday evening to take on seventh-ranked Northwestern in their 2018 THON game.

A 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon, THON is an annual event run by Penn State students each year. Throughout the year, Nittany Lion student-athletes from variety of Penn State sports participate in THON, giving back to the cause in support of childhood cancer.

"Any game we get to go out there and play for the kids is a big deal for us," Katie O'Donnell said. "We are just happy it was a great game to do it for. Northwestern was a great team and it was a great matchup."

THON children and families arrived early to the game to play in the bouncy house, later taking to the field with the team for starting lineups and the national anthem.

"The THON game is a great opportunity for us to spread awareness for such an incredible cause," Kelly Daggett said. "Any way we can help raise funds for THON is great for us and great for the kids and the cause."

While the Nittany Lions are regular supporters of THON in various events throughout the year, the evening was of course filled with hope, but ended with a slightly bitter outcome. Playing in front of their largest crowd of the season, the Nittany Lions came up short against the Wildcats, 17-13.

"I think we definitely just fought hard until the end," O'Donnell said. "We're going to have to do that for the rest of the season. We play really good teams to finish the remainder of our regular season. It's really a learning experience that we need to get better for these next couple of games. We pushed our legs a lot in transition, but we really needed to put our shots away." 

The game started off with quick goals from both the Nittany Lions and the Wildcats. Northwestern quickly took a two goal lead with 20 minutes left in the first period to pull ahead. 

Heading into the locker room at halftime, the Nittany Lions were trailing by three, 10-7. Inside the locker room, Penn State focused on getting refocused to put up a fight in the second period, which they did.

O'Donnell, Maria Auth and Madison Carter came out hot in the second, each scoring a pair of goals to bring the Nittany Lions within one, 13-12.

"We basically just told everyone in the locker room that we are in this game," Auth said. "We just need to come out and fight hard, that Northwestern is a great team, but so are we. We can compete with any team in the country. At halftime, whether we are up or down, we need to treat each half like it's 0-0 and we need to fight hard." 

Among the highlights from the Nittany Lions, freshman Rachel Rosen recorded four assists for a career-best mark.

"She has done a good job," Penn State head coach Missy Doherty said. "She has come in with some really strong plays. We are always looking to see who is going to give us the most and she has come into some games and given us some good points. She filled a good spot for us there and has been holding her own."

Although the Nittany Lions ultimately fell short, Penn State moves to 9-5 on the year and 3-1 in Big Ten play. 

"I think tonight was just their night," O'Donnell said. "They played really hard, they had a great defense and they got a lot of lose 50-50 balls. They are just a great team and we just didn't come out on the winning end tonight. Hopefully we will get to see them again."

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By: Briana Zuccarelli, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- With the 2018 regular season coming to an end in just over two weeks, junior Kelly Daggett has had a standout season at the defender position. With that said, there is something Nittany Lions fans may not know, the last time she played on that side of the field was in high school.

Daggett played four seasons for Lancaster Catholic-Lancaster Country Day co-op squad in high school. During her time in high school she was named a two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American and tallied 380 career goals.

When Daggett arrived to Penn State, she became an attacker who in her debut season started nine of the 21 games and had 12 goals and four assists. Last year, she started in 19 of the 20 games and finished the season with 15 goals and eight assists for a combined total of 23 points. However, with majority of the starting defense graduating, the coaching staff knew there needed to be a few changes made.

 "We had talked as a staff because we had a really young defense and one of our freshman defenders tore her ACL early in the fall," said head coach Missy Doherty. "So, it had been trying to find a good mix of team attackers that we felt could do a good job in one-vs.-one, quickness, clearing the ball and getting the ball out. So, we had been thinking about people, and thinking about Kelly." 

After talking with Daggett and the rest of the coaching staff, they decided to transition her into the defender position. With Daggett on that side of the field, there would be a better mix of returners and new faces, all ready to work to stay at the top.

"I was shocked that they told me I would be doing that because I haven't played defense since high school," said Daggett. "So this season has been a whole new experience for me, but each day I'm getting a little bit better and a little more comfortable. Now I feel the whole defense, together, is playing as a unit." 

With Daggett in the back, the team and coaching staff feel more confident in the leadership and experience for the defense. Daggett has taken her new role and also found a way to continue to be a leader, on and off the field. On the field, she has created at least one turnover a game and has made big plays to help the Nittany Lions win during close games.

"Daggett," Katie O'Donnell said with a laugh. "Daggett is a dagger. She comes up with these caused turnovers that really take the wind out of the sails of the other team which is awesome. The fact that she's transitioned from a low attacker to a low defender is just absolutely amazing and I have all the respect in the world for that girl." 

When speaking with Doherty after games, the name Kelly Daggett has been said consistently with the sentence, "was huge for us today." Daggett has been looked to by her coaches as someone who was challenged by being thrown into a new position, but who took it and turned it into something great. Doherty explained that the transition made her into a better defender.

"It makes you a smarter defender when you really understand an attacker and she certainly has that understanding and experience," Doherty said. "I really thought she brought her experience very quickly into the scene and was able to translate the things she's seen in the past two years into play for this year."

Heading into the final four games, Daggett looks to continue improving and making her teammates feel confident in her ability and leadership. 

"It's honestly a great feeling," she said. "Moving to the end of my junior year and toward senior year and knowing that my teammates have my back and I can have their back too."

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By Briana Zuccarelli, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK- The Penn State Nittany Lions have a break from conference play and competition after a 18-10 win against the Ohio State Buckeyes this past Saturday. 

After a vigorous schedule in the beginning of the season, averaging two games a week, the Nittany Lions had a week off of game play to prepare for Friday night's contest against sixth-ranked University of Virginia. Not only did the team have a break from game play, but they also have a break from their tough conference play. 

"It definitely gives you a little bit more time to prepare," explained head coach Missy Doherty. "There are good and bad things with that because some people on our team like playing in games. Part of it is good, I think on their bodies. to be able to have that rest and be able to come out at 100 percent." 

With a 3-0 run thus far, the Nittany Lions sit at the top in the Big Ten conference, while Maryland and Northwestern follow closely behind, both teams at 2-0 in conference play. While Penn State plays out-of conference, six Big Ten teams will be playing each other this weekend.

The Nittany Lions will return to conference play on Saturday, April 14th against the Northwestern Wildcats who are right behind them in the standings  But, before they turn back to conference play, the Nittany Lions have Virginia.

"UVA is a great out-of-conference matchup and it is always a great game against them," said junior Madison Carter during the week. "It is definitely a big game going into this weekend. It will be nice to get a break from the conference. Every game from here is going to be a grind and I'm looking forward to it."

Coach Doherty discussed the importance of starting out conference play at 3-0, especially with their final three conference games being some of the toughest competition in the league with Northwestern, Maryland, and Michigan. Doherty said the goal of the team is to play well within a conference filled with challenging opponents.

"The Ohio State game was obviously a big game, especially in the Big Ten," said freshman Rachel Rosen. "Coming into those games, it's just as important, if not more important playing a top team, and showing that we are ready to compete and that we deserve to be in the top ten." 

With a week full of practice, the Nittany Lions feel that they are mentally and physically ready to compete for the rest of the season.

 "I think from a physical standpoint we had a lot of games close together, so it is good for our bodies to obviously rest and stuff," said Rosen. "From a mental standpoint, getting a whole week to prepare for a game really lets you understand what each team is going to be doing. You can mentally and physically prepare for exactly what to expect in the upcoming game, which is good competition and where we can show who we really are as a team." 

Carter believes that the team's record shows its ability to travel on a bus to an away game and come out on top with a big win.

"I think it shows that wherever we are," said Carter. "We come to have a good game, work hard, and play the full 60 minutes to our fullest." 

The team enjoyed the break in action this week, and with their confidence level high, the Nittany Lions are ready to face the final stretch of the season.

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By: Briana Zuccarelli, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa- The No. 18 Penn State Nittany Lions took home a win in sudden victory overtime against No. 22 Johns Hopkins in their second Big Ten game of the season Thursday night, 13-12.. 

The game started with a quick two goals from Johns Hopkins, but was answered by three goals from captain Maggie Gallagher, junior Madison Carter, and sophomore Maria Auth. The Nittany Lions quickly took the lead to three goals in the first period with a score of 8-5.

"I love these kinds of games," said head coach Missy Doherty. "I love watching them make plays and I tell them that all the time. It's not about at the end of the game, did we win or did we lose. I loved when Kelly Daggett went down there in the first half and knocked the goalie pass down and got that interception to score the goal. Seeing her excitement is the reason why I coach."

After the half, Johns Hopkins brought the game to a tie. Although Penn State answered back with each goal, the game went into sudden victory overtime; the team with the first goal wins. Within the first 27 seconds of play, captain Katie O'Donnell had the game-winning goal. 

"I just saw some openings and our team really moved the ball," said O'Donnell. "Carter getting that draw was absolutely crucial and that goal wouldn't have happened without her. We just said, first one down we have to go hard and go with confidence. Overtime just means when you get your shot, you just have to take it." 

The Nittany Lions have had four games end in a one goal difference. The team has won two of those games so far. When O'Donnell scored the clutch goal, the screams and excitement from the sidelines could not be contained as came out again on top in another close game.

"Honestly, it's amazing to come out on top," Gallagher explained. "I think we put in a lot of hard work this season, so to see it come together is really really amazing."

Penn State had seven different players score during the win against the Blue Jays. Auth led the team with four goals, followed behind O'Donnell with three and Carter with two. Gallagher, Daggett, Quinn Nicolai, and Kristen Roberto each finished the game with a goal.

"To get this win tonight means the world to me," said O'Donnell. "We've had very ups and downs and those one goal losses are heartbreakers. To come out on the other side of that tonight has just been absolutely amazing, especially for these younger players to feel what that feels like. This joy after the game tonight is what I want them to continue to feel." 

In goal, freshman Lucy Lowe finished the game with 12 saves and is now 5-4 for the season in the goal. Coach Doherty emphasized on how well Lowe has played and the incredible saves she has made throughout her first season.

 The Nittany Lions now move to 7-4 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. The team will travel to Columbus, Ohio to play the Ohio State Buckeyes in another conference matchup. The Buckeyes are 4-5 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten Conference.

The game will start at noon on Saturday, March 31st.

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By: Briana Zuccarelli, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa- After a weekend away game at Rutgers University, the Nittany Lions had to prepare quickly to play the No. 16 Princeton Tigers on Monday, March 19th. Although the team suffered a 13-12 loss, the players and coaches saw improvements on the defensive side of the field.

"I think there has been a lot of growth from the start of this season," said captain Kayla Brisolari. "Our defense has really grown and I know there were 13 goals today, but I think they had some really good stops down the stretch. I think as the season progressed, our defense has done a really good job of coming together, since we were fairly new."

Brisolari and Katie O'Donnell each caused a game-high of three turnovers, while freshman Lucy Lowe made eight saves in goal for the Nittany Lions. Lowe is now 4-4 on the season, but has impressed not only head coach Missy Doherty, but her teammates as well. 

"I think that she is a more reserved player off the field, but when she gets on the field she's very vocal, she's a big presence, and she's had to make some huge saves," said Brisolari. "I've been beyond impressed with her play and I think she is playing way above her freshman level right now."

 On offense, Maria Auth and O'Donnell lead the team with three goals each, followed closely behind by Madison Carter and Brisolari who registered a pair each. Coach Doherty recognized the quickness and toughness of the Princeton defense, who had 15 saves in goal.

"It's what you're going to get when you're playing the top teams," said Doherty. "Everyone gets a little bit faster and stronger. They ended up marking Maria Auth and Madison Carter pretty closely and they did a good job, but our other players need to step up and score some goals for us."

The Nittany Lion team only had one day to rest their bodies before they played the Tigers, while Princeton had nine days off to focus on bettering their bodies. The Nittany Lions will have a quick turnaround again when they face Johns Hopkins on Thursday, March 22nd, their second matchup this week. 

"It was certainly a tough game coming into this game, when playing a game just this past Saturday," Doherty explained. "We have to get our legs under us for Thursday. It's really important for a Big Ten game. Hopkins is very similar to Princeton: very scrappy and hardworking. We need to regroup and be ready to give our best on Thursday." 

Johns Hopkins will visit Happy Valley at 7-3 overall and is coming off a 15-5 loss against the Maryland Terrapins. Both teams will be looking for a win to add to their conference play record and to make up for their recent losses.

"We just need to do a better job at finishing the stretch," said Brisolari. "We need to continue pulling on the winning momentum the whole game, instead of letting it slip through our fingers. If we capitalize on our shots and capitalize on our transitions more in our game against Johns Hopkins, we will come out with a win."

 This Thursday's matchup will start at 7 p.m. and will be aired on the Big Ten Network.

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