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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Feb. 22, 2002 -- The Penn State women's lacrosse team has been chosen by head coaches of the newly-formed American Lacrosse Conference to win the inaugural regular-season title. The Lions received six of the seven first place votes to sit atop the conference, which opens play for the first time in 2002.
Penn State was the sole member of the ALC to participate in the NCAA National Lacrosse Championships in 2001, where it lost to Dartmouth in the first round, 9-7, to finish the season at 8-10.
Johns Hopkins, which won the ECAC Division I title in 2001, garnered the other first-place vote and was picked to finish second overall. Along with Vanderbilt, these schools were all ranked in the IWLCA Coaches Poll in 2001.
The American Lacrosse Conference is a lacrosse-only conference that consists of Davidson College, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Ohio University, The Ohio State University, Penn State University and Vanderbilt University. These schools' respective conferences do not sponsor lacrosse and in 2001, coaches from these institutions met to form the lacrosse-only conference.
Member schools in the ALC range from Penn State, which has played 495 varsity women's lacrosse games in school history and is on track to become the first Division I school to play in 500 games, to Northwestern, which resumes varsity participation after an eleven-year hiatus.
"We are very excited to be a part of the American Lacrosse Conference rather than an independent school," said second-year Penn State head coach Suzanne Isidor. "It gives us something else to shoot for. Our goal is to win the first ALC Championship and continue on from there."
Penn State returns 24 letterwinners from last season's team and adds 11 freshmen to the roster. A core of 10 seniors look to provide the leadership necessary to make a post-season run, led by senior co-captains B.J. Lucey (Springfield, Pa.) and Stacey Saggese (Hingham, Mass.). Penn State also returns last season's leading scorers in Katie Jeschke (Ellicott City, Md) and Colleen O'Hara (Ardmore, Pa.), and All-American Alison DeCecco (Newtown Square, Pa.).
Rank School Points
1. Penn State (6) 36
2. Johns Hopkins (1) 31
3. Vanderbilt 26
4. Ohio State 20
5. Davidson 14
6. Ohio 12
7. Northwestern 8