Field Hockey Blanks Lafayette, 7-0
EASTON, Pa. September 16, 2005 - The No. 7 Penn State field hockey team came alive in the second half Friday vs. Lafayette, scoring six goals in the period and routing the Leopards, 7-0. Six players scored led by Shaun Banta (Gibbsboro, N.J.), who tallied two goals in the game.
Penn State (8-1) has now won its last eight games, the longest win streak since 2001 when the team won its final eight regular season games. Penn State won 11 in a row in 2000, and the single-season record is 15 in a row, set in 1993.
Britney Long (Lancaster, Pa.) scored from five yards out at the 24:02 mark off a pass from Natalie Berrena (State College, Pa.) to give Penn State its only goal of the first half. The goal was Long's third of the season, while the assist was the second on the year for Berrena.
In the second half the Nittany Lions turned up the pressure less than a minute into the period when Sara Cahill (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored her first goal of the season at the 35:58 mark. Bekah Hostetler and Berrena also scored on unassisted goals to make it 4-0. The scores were Hostetler's and Berrena's fourth on the year. Chase Bacon (Frederick, Md.) recorded her first goal of the season off an assist from Jen Long (Doylestown, Pa.) to make it 5-0 at the 51:08 mark. Legel set up Banta to push the score up to 6-0 with 16:54 left in the game and then Banta put the final touches on the game with an unassisted goal at the 56:24 mark. The two goals gave Banta a team-high seven scores on the year.
Penn State out-shot Lafayette, 31-6, and allowed just one shot on goal. Senior goalkeeper Megan Akstin (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) recorded her fourth shutout on the season, and second in a row. Lafayette goalkeepers Jill Lambert and Caitlin Burke combined for 20 saves.
The Nittany Lions' seven goals vs. the Leopards (2-3) gives Penn State 18 scores over the last three games, the most in a three-game span since 2003 when Penn State scored 19 combined goals vs. Princeton, Saint Joseph's and Syracuse.
Penn State also outscored its opponent by at least five goals for the third straight game. The Nittany Lions last accomplished the feat when they outscored five straight opponents by more than five goals in 2000, rolling past Temple, 7-2; Indiana, 9-0; West Chester, 6-0; Northwestern, 8-1 and Bucknell, 5-0.
The Nittany Lions return home for a three-game homestand beginning with a noon game vs. West Chester on Sunday. Prior to the contest, Penn State will honor head coach Char Morett, who recently reached the 300-win plateau at the University.