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Lafayette Game Program (.PDF)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; September 14, 2006 - After an eight-day layoff that followed a stretch of six games in 12 days, the No. 7 Penn State field hockey team returns to action this weekend with two games, one home and one away.
On Friday night, the Nittany Lions, who remained ranked seventh for the third straight week in the STX/NFHCA Top 20 poll, will host Patriot League foe Lafayette. The Leopards enter Friday's game with an 0-4 record but three of their losses have come by just two goals and one has come by one goal. Penn State holds a 11-1 all-time mark against Lafayette and have outscored the Leopards 49-7 in the teams' previous 12 meetings.
Penn State will then travel to West Chester, Pa. for a Sunday afternoon matchup with the West Chester Rams. The Rams, a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference in field hockey, have a 1-6 record entering Sunday's game. They have played a tremendously difficult schedule, however, as the Nittany Lions will be the fourth straight ranked team that West Chester will play, following North Carolina, Iowa and Villanova. The Nittany Lions have a 28-15-1 all-time mark against the Rams. This will be the 42nd straight year that these two teams will meet, as they have met in every season in Penn State's program history except for 1964. West Chester held the advantage in the early part of the series, winning 12 of the first 14 meetings from 1965-1977, but the series has been one-sided in Penn State's favor as of late, as the Nittany Lions have won the last 18 meetings and 25 of the last 26, with West Chester??s last win coming in 1987.
This will be Penn State's final full weekend of non-conference play. Although the Nittany Lions still have three more non-conference contests after this weekend, the Nittany Lions will have Big Ten games in five out of the next six weekends, beginning next Saturday with a contest at Michigan State.
As always, there will be promotions at Friday's home game. There will be the halftime contest sponsored by The Family Clothesline, as well as the Damon's Lucky Program contest.
Additionally, the field hockey team will be featured on this week's edition of "The Lions Roar," a weekly show devoted to Penn State athletics that airs every Saturday on ABC Channel 23 of Johnstown, Pa. This week's edition of "The Lions Roar" will air on Saturday, September 16 at 11:30 a.m., right before ABC's coverage of college football begins at noon.