Penn State Women's Lacrosse Ranked 10th In IWLCA Preseason Poll
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Feb. 17, 2004 - The Penn State women's lacrosse team is ranked 10th in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) preseason poll and is picked to finish second in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC), league officials announced. In addition, two Nittany Lion players were tabbed as preseason All-ALC picks. Senior attack Katie Jeschke (Ellicott City, Md.) and junior goalkeeper Lee Tortorelli (Havertown, Pa.) are among the 12 student-athletes honored with preseason accolades by the league.
Jeschke, a second team All-ALC selection a year ago and a 2002 second team IWLCA All-Mid Atlantic honoree, started all 17 games last season and ranked third in scoring on the squad with 25 goals and seven assists for 32 points. She had eight multiple-goal contests last year and is expected to be one of Penn State's offensive threats this season.
Tortorelli was tabbed as a second team IWLCA All-America selection last season in addition to picking up second team All-ALC honors. She played all 1,020 minutes of the 2003 season and broke her own record for saves in a season with 199. She racked up a save percentage of .571 and notched at least six saves in all 17 games of the season. She recorded nine contests of 10 or more saves, including a season-high 20 saves at Virginia on March 17.
The women's lacrosse squad finished with a 9-8 record last year including a second-place 5-1 record in the ALC. This season, Penn State is slated to play 10 of its 17 games against teams ranked in the IWLCA preseason Top 20 with four more receiving votes in the initial poll. Of those 10 ranked teams, seven are ranked ninth or higher including Princeton (No. 1), Maryland (No. 2), Virginia (No. 3), Loyola (No. 5), Georgetown (No. 6), James Madison (No. 8) and Ohio State (No. 9).
The Nittany Lions are picked to finish second behind Ohio State in 2004 ALC play. The Nittany Lions have finished second the previous two years, since the ALC was instituted in 2002. In its third season, the NCAA now recognizes the ALC and the winner of the conference receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The ALC is a lacrosse-only conference whose respective conferences do not sponsor women's lacrosse. The league consists of Davidson, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Ohio, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Penn State. Vanderbilt is picked to finish third in 2004 with Johns Hopkins picked fourth, Northwestern tabbed as fifth, Ohio slated in sixth and Davidson picked seventh.
The Penn State women's lacrosse team opens up its 2004 season on Feb. 29 at Vanderbilt with its first home contest scheduled for Saturday, March 3 at 1:00 p.m. versus Davidson. Game location will depend on weather and field conditions. Please visit www.GoPSUsports.com for more information on the Penn State women's lacrosse team.