2008 Penn State Women's Lacrosse Season Outlook
Jan. 31, 2008
The Nittany Lions enter the 2008 season united under the goal of elevating the program to the pinnacle of NCAA women's lacrosse, both on the conference and national level. Making those aspirations attainable this year is Penn State's wealth of talent and strength of leadership. Eighth-year head coach Suzanne Isidor returns a squad comprised of 22 letterwinners and seven starters that will be captained by senior Jessi Lieb and junior Kerry Shea, a pair of star midfielders who lead through play and with words with equal effectiveness. Add to the core of veterans a nationally top 10-rated recruiting class and the present and future look bright for Penn State women's lacrosse.
"We're excited about the season's prospects," said Isidor. "I think the fall was very successful. We showed that we will have a lot of depth, which is different from last year. We have a great mix of senior leadership and young talent. We are looking for production from our large junior class. They have gotten a lot of experience in practice the last two years and now it is time for them to shine under the game spotlight."
"We are looking for big things from players like Erica Mihm and Amanda Longobucco; two tall, strong lefties who have the ability to make an impact," said Isidor.
Talented sophomores Maria Valderas and Theresa Bucci will help take some attention away from and will complement Lieb and Shea. Isidor will also have additional options in junior Aly Carter and freshmen Jackie Eastman and Laura Lesnick who can provide production.
The trio has combined to play in 101 games during their Penn State careers.
Isidor continued, "There are some question marks regarding who is going to play but it will be a good competition. We have a lot of speed on the defensive end, which will be a huge asset for us."
"We feel good about both of them," said Isidor. "They are extremely athletic and very active out of the cage. They will be aggressive and get our fast break going with their ability to save it and clear it."