No. 14 Women¡¯s Lacrosse to Host Colgate in Home Stand Finale
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 2, 2007 ¨C After beginning the 2007 regular season with back to-back victories against non-conference opponents, the No. 14 Penn State women¡¯s lacrosse team will look to extend that streak by one when it faces Colgate (0-3) on March 4 at 1 p.m. in Holuba Hall. Sunday¡¯s second straight contest versus a Patriot League team will wrap up the Nittany Lions season-opening, three-game home stand.
Penn State is coming off a 19-6 rout of regional foe Bucknell, earned Wednesday evening in Holuba Hall. The prolific Nittany Lion attack got contributions from a variety of sources, as 13 different players found net in the victory, including seven for the first time this season. Senior Lindsay Dutch (Ellicott City, Md.) was the team¡¯s top goal scorer for the second consecutive game, recording three. Karen Long (Ellicott City, Md.), a senior tri-captain, celebrated her birthday with a two-goal, three-assist effort. Goalkeeping duties were split evenly between senior Cammie Jurkowsky (Annapolis, Md.) (1 goal allowed, 2 saves) and freshman Stephanie Ellis (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) (5 goals allowed, 7 saves).
Through the season¡¯s first two games, Lindsay Dutch has stepped to the forefront as Penn State¡¯s top weapon on the attack. She leads the team in nearly every offensive statistical category, including goals (8), assists (4), points (12), shots (15), and shots on goal (11). However, despite Dutch¡¯s fast start, head coach Suzanne Isidor¡¯s attack has been balanced, as its 52 total points have come from 15 different players.
Colgate¡¯s start to the 2007 season been marked by two heartbreaking losses and one blow out. The Raiders, who were selected to place second in the Patriot League this year, fell by one goal in back-to-back weeks by identical 11-10 scores to Stony Brook and then LaSalle. In its last game on Feb. 28, No. 11 Cornell handed Colgate a sound 19-7 defeat.
Sophomore Ashley Didio has emerged as the Raiders¡¯ leading scorer early on, tallying six goals. Tara Casey (5), Molly Carroll (4), and Lindsay Pittard (4) are also threats on the attack. Carroll, a midfielder, excels on both ends of the field, as she was honored as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after Colgate¡¯s season opener. Sophomore Sara Drexler has started every game in goal for first-year head coach Heather Bliss but freshman Amanda Gurin has also seen significant time.
Penn State owns a 6-0-0 record in its all-time series with Colgate. A year ago, in the teams¡¯ first meeting since 1998, Lori Havrilla and Shari Maslin each scored four goals to lead the Nittany Lions to a 19-3 victory over the Raiders in Holuba Hall. Penn State also claimed wins against Colgate in 1989 (22-3), 1990 (13-6), 1991 (11-9), and 1992 (14-3).
The Nittany Lions take to the road for the first time in the 2007 season next weekend, visiting No. 9 Virginia (2-0) on Fri., March 9 (7 p.m.) and William & Mary (1-1) on Sun., March 11 (1 p.m.). In 2006, Penn State dropped home decisions to both the Cavaliers (12-8) and the Tribe (14-12).