No. 11 Women's Lacrosse Opens Season with 9-8 Win Over No. 15 Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn.; February 25, 2006 - Freshman Kerry Shea (Baltimore, Md.) showed why many crowned her the jewel of the 2006 Penn State recruiting class Saturday afternoon in the Nittany Lions' season opener versus Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. With 31 seconds remaining and the game knotted at 8-8, Shea netted the game-winner, the first goal of her collegiate career, to lift the Lions to victory. The win not only gives Penn State (1-0, 1-0) it's second consecutive season opening win over the Commodores, but also gives the Lions an early edge in the race for the 2006 American Lacrosse Conference championship.
Penn State utilized a balanced attack to get past the Commodores, with four different Nittany Lions scoring multiple goals. Shari Maslin (New City, N.Y.), Lindsay Dutch (Ellicott City, Md.), Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.), and Kim Kontson (Davidsonville, Md.) each registered two goals in the victory. Lieb and Kontson also tallied assists.
After Vanderbilt took a 1-0 lead just over one minute into the game, Maslin evened the score with her first goal of the season at the 24:37 mark. The Commodores responded to retake the lead but Lieb retied the contest at 2-2 with a goal with 21:28 showing on the clock. Vanderbilt scored the next two before Kontson and Dutch netted back-to-back goals to knot the game at 4-4 going into the break.
In the second half, with Vanderbilt up 5-4, Kim Kontson scored an equalizer just under six minutes in. The teams traded goals over the next 12 minutes with Maslin, Dutch, and Lieb accounting for Penn State's scores, setting the stage for Shea's heroics.
Goalkeeper Cammie Jurkowsky (Annapolis, Md.) recorded nine saves and allowed eight goals in the first start of her Nittany Lion career.
Kate Hickman and Margie Curran represented Vanderbilt's entire offense, with each scoring four goals. Curran has posted four-goal performances in each of the Commodores' first three games.
The game was close not only on the scoreboard but also on the stat sheet, as each team registered 18 ground balls and had 12 turnovers. Penn State had the edge in shots, 30-19, and draw controls, 11-8.
Penn State remains on the road next week when it travels to Lewisburg, Pa. to take on in-state rival Bucknell on Thurs., March 2 at 4:00 p.m. Head coach Suzanne Isidor will be seeking her 50th win at Penn State and 100th career victory.
The Nittany Lions will open the home portion of their 2006 schedule on Sun., March 5 against the Colgate Red Raiders of the Patriot League. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in Holuba Hall.