No. 10 Women¡¯s Lacrosse to Host Colgate in 2006 Home Opener
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 4, 2006 ¨C The No. 10-ranked Penn State women¡¯s lacrosse team will aim to move to 2-0 on the season when it welcomes two-time defending Patriot League champion Colgate (2-1) to Holuba Hall on Sun., March 5 for a 1:00 p.m. game.
The game offers not only the opportunity for the Nittany Lions to improve its record but also for Penn State 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.
Colgate, tabbed the preseason favorite to win the Patriot League title in 2006, will face Penn State having already played three games this year. The Raiders began the season with a narrow 8-7 win over Stony Brook on Feb. 18 followed by a dominating 18-6 victory against LaSalle on Feb. 25. Colgate¡¯s lone loss of the season came in its last outing on March 1, a 15-8 defeat to Cornell.
Colgate's offense is led by senior Katie McVeigh, who has eight goals and nine points on the season. Senior co-captain Kelly Winning has five goals and three assists, while freshman Molly Carroll has four goals and one assist through her first three college games. The Raider defense is anchored by the last two Patriot League Defensive Players of the Year, senior Sue Bielamowicz and Heidi Ross. Bielamowicz owns a 9.33 goals against average and .533 save percentage with 32 stops this season, and she has scooped up six groundballs. Ross has five groundballs, three draw controls and two caused turnovers on the season.
Colgate does not appear in the top 20 of either of the prominent national rankings but received four votes in the latest Bounce Entertainment/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Penn State holds a 5-0-0 all-time mark against Colgate. The Nittany Lions and the Raiders last played in 1998, a 10-8 home win for Penn State.
Next week, the Nittany Lions have three games on the schedule. On Tues., March 7 at 4:00 p.m., Penn State will play at Bucknell in a game originally scheduled for March 2 but postponed due to weather concerns. Penn State will then begin a three-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. The Lions' stretch of home games ends on Sat., March 18 with a 2:00 p.m. match-up with No. 3 Princeton.