No. 10 Women¡¯s Lacrosse Visits Bucknell for Non-Conference Contest
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 1, 2006 ¨C The No. 10-ranked Penn State women¡¯s lacrosse team will aim to move to 2-0 on the season when it travels to Lewisburg, Pa. on Thurs., March 2 to face Bucknell (1-0) in the Nittany Lions¡¯ first non-conference game of the season. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
The game offers not only the opportunity for Penn State to improve its record but also for Lions¡¯ head coach Suzanne Isidor to reach two career milestones. With a victory, Isidor will secure her 50th win at Penn State and her 100th overall career win.
In its season opener versus Vanderbilt, freshman Kerry Shea (Baltimore, Md.) scored with 31 seconds remaining to lift Penn State to a 9-8 victory over the conference rival Commodores in Nashville, Tenn. The Nittany Lions utilized a balanced attack to sink the Commodores with Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.), Shari Maslin (New City, N.Y.), Lindsay Dutch (Ellicott City, Md.), and Kim Kontson (Davidsonville, Md.) each scoring two goals.
Jessi Lieb was named American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week and received player of the week honorable mention accolades from Inside Lacrosse magazine for her standout performance in the win over Vanderbilt. In addition to her two goals, Lieb recorded one assist, three draw controls, two ground balls, and one caused turnover. For tallying the game-winning goal, Kerry Shea earned mention on the womenslacrosse.com Player of the Week Honor Roll.
Bucknell enters Thursday¡¯s contest with Penn State coming off a 10-8 season- opening home victory over Binghamton on Feb 28.
Senior Emily Burnam, who scored three goals in the opener, headlines the Bucknell attack. Burnam led the Bison with 23 goals in 2005, earning first team All-Patriot League honors. Two freshmen, Sarah Collins and Colleen Evans, are out to fast starts to their careers, scoring two goals each in their first collegiate game. Two-time All-Patriot League honoree and senior tri-captain Rachel Prowler leads the Orange and Blue on defense. Another senior tri-captain, Lizzy McDaniel, starts in goal.
Bucknell was selected by the Patriot League coaches to place fifth in the seven-team conference this season. The Bison are not ranked and are not receiving votes in either of the major polls.
Penn State possesses a 10-0-0 all-time record versus Bucknell, with the teams¡¯ first meeting taking place in 1978. In those 10 contests, Penn State has outscored Bucknell, 172-17. A year ago, behind hat tricks by Lori Havrilla (Devon, Pa.) and Shari Maslin, the Nittany Lions crushed the Bison, 19-3. In Penn State¡¯s last trip to Lewisburg in 1990, the Lions were victorious by a score of 14-1.
Penn State returns to action on Sun., March 5 at 1:00 p.m. when it welcomes Colgate to Holuba Hall for the Nittany Lions¡¯ 2006 home opener. Next week, Penn State continues its four-game homestand by hosting ACC power No. 7 Virginia on Fri., March 10 at 5:00 p.m. and William & Mary on Sun., March 12 at 12:00 p.m.