No. 10 Women's Lacrosse Pastes Colgate, 19-3, in Home Opener
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 5, 2006 - Tenth-ranked Penn State scored early, often, and by using a variety of sources en route to 19-3 rout of Colgate on Sunday afternoon in Holuba Hall. The home-opening victory not only ups the Nittany Lions' 2006 record to 2-0 but provides head coach Suzanne Isidor with her 100th career victory.
After the game began with four minutes of scoreless play, the Penn State offensive floodgates opened and out poured 11 goals in a span of just under 20 minutes. Senior Lori Havrilla (Devon, Pa.) started the scoring with her first goal of the season. Goals by Meg Boyd (Severna Park, Md.), Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.), and Shari Maslin (New City, N.Y.) followed in rapid succession before Havrilla tallied her second score of the game with 21:30 remaining in the first period. Penn State went on to score six more goals, including two more by Maslin, another by Lieb and Havrilla, and one each for the Shea sisters (Baltimore, Md.), Kerry and Linsey, to build an 11-0 advantage before Colgate could crack the scoreboard.
Goals by Havrilla and freshman Mariel Bryan (Folsom, Pa.), the first of her Nittany Lion career, capped off Penn State's first period scoring and gave the Lions a commanding 13-1 lead at the break.
Penn State picked up where it left off in the second half, scoring the first five goals. Included in that offensive onslaught was a hat trick by sophomore Kim Kontson (Davidsonville, Md.), a feat attained in less than nine minutes. Freshman Brittany Jensen (Bay Shore, N.Y.) put the finishing touches on the victory, scoring her first collegiate goal with 18 seconds remaining in the contest.
Lori Havrilla led Penn State with six points (four goals, two assists) while Shari Maslin amassed five (four goals, one assist). Jessi Lieb continued her all-around outstanding play, leading Penn State with seven ground balls and two draw controls, in addition to her three goals. Freshmen Amanda Longobucco (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) and Megan McGuire (Eldersburg, Md.) earned assists, breaking onto the stat sheet for the first time in a Penn State uniform.
The Penn State defense was stout throughout, holding Colgate's leading scorer, Katie McVeigh to just one goal and the Raiders' lone assist for the game.
Cammie Jurkowsky (Annapolis, Md.) started in goal for the Lions and played the first 30 minutes to earn the decision. She saw five shots, registering two saves. Jess Boccio (Northport, N.Y.) relieved her in net in the second period, recording seven saves on 13 shots.
Penn State not only dominated offensively and defensively but also statistically. The Lions outshot the Raiders 34-18 and had a 29-18 advantage in ground balls.
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.