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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; January 12, 2006 - The Penn State women's lacrosse team will enter the 2006 season ranked as the No. 12 team in the nation, according to Lacrosse magazine's preseason poll.
"Coming off a very successful 2005 season, our expectations for 2006 are very high," said head coach Suzanne Isidor. "We have a great mix of veteran leadership and young talent. We play a very tough schedule but I think this team is ready for the challenge."
For Penn State, 2005 was a breakout season. The Lions posted 12 wins, their most since 1999, and earned a bid to the NCAA Championship for the first time in four years. They knocked off the nation's No. 1 team in consecutive weeks and rose to as high as No. 2 in the rankings.
While seven players from that team were lost to graduation, including All-American Lacrosse Conference honorees Emily Chambers (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) and Lee Tortorelli (Havertown, Pa.), Penn State remains a national title contender. A gifted group of veterans return headlined by All-ALC first-teamer Renee Cipro (Ellicott City, Md.) and second team members Lori Havrilla (Devon, Pa.), Shari Maslin (New City, N.Y.), and Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.). Add to the mix a highly-rated recruiting class, including blue-chippers Kerry Shea (Seton Keough, Md.), Marisa Lozano (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Amanda Longobucco (Sea Cliff, N.Y.), and Lauren Burke (Severna Park, Pa.), and the prospects for a successful 2006 season are bright.
Penn State will open the 2006 season on Sun., Feb. 19 when the Nittany Lions host Cornell at 1:00 p.m. at Jeffrey Field. The Big Red is ranked No. 13 in Lacrosse magazine's preseason poll. Penn State last faced Cornell in 2001.