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The Nittany Lions, who are ranked 16th in the IWLCA Preseason poll and third in the American Lacrosse Conference's preseason poll will see tough competition in Vanderbilt, as the Commodores are ranked eighth nationally and stand atop the ALC preseason poll. Penn State leads the series with Vanderbilt, 3-2. The last Penn State win was a 9-7 victory on March 10, 1999 in Nashville, Tenn. The last meeting in State College was a 9-7 Commodore win on April 23, 2000.
Penn State is a young team who is looking to improve on its 8-9 record from last season. The team, directed by third-year head coach Suzanne Isidor, will look to veteran attackers in junior Katie Jeschke (Ellicott City, Md) and senior Colleen O'Hara (Ardmore, Pa) for leadership. Sophomore Emily Chambers (Valley Cottage, N.Y.), junior Stephanie Curnoles (Baltimore, Pa.) and senior Katie Pace (Orchard Park, N.Y.) are the most experienced players in the midfield. The Lions have a very young defense, but will look to senior Kristin Wood (Wilton, Conn.) to provide leadership. Sophomore goalkeeper Lee Tortorelli (Havertown, Pa.), who last year set the Penn State single-season record for saves (189), will start in goal for the Lions.
Please visit Penn State's official athletics website, www.GoPSUsports.com for more information on the Penn State women's lacrosse team.