No. 7 Women's Lacrosse Visits Bucknell for Non-Conference Contest
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 7, 2006 - Possessors of a season opening, two-game win streak, the No. 7-ranked Penn State women's lacrosse team will travel to nearby Lewisburg, Pa. to take on Bucknell (2-0) in a non-conference contest scheduled for 4:00 p.m. today. The game was originally set to be played last Thursday but was postponed due to inclement weather in the Central Pennsylvania region.
In the Nittany Lions' first home game of the 2006 season on Sun., March 5, Penn State routed Colgate, 19-3. The Lions scored early and often, netting 13 goals before the Raiders could get on the scoreboard. After being held without a point in Penn State's season opening win over Vanderbilt, senior Lori Havrilla (Devon, Pa.) got on track against Colgate, posting four goals and two assists. Defending ALC Player of the Week Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.) continued her outstanding all-around play, recording three goals, one assist, and seven ground balls. Sophomore Kim Kontson led the Penn State offense in the second period, collecting a hat trick in a span of just under nine minutes.
The victory over Colgate not only kept the Nittany Lions' perfect in 2006 but it also provided head coach Suzanne Isidor with her 50th win at Penn State and 100th overall career win.
Bucknell enters Tuesday's game with Penn State coming off a 14-12 win over former ALC member Davidson on March 4.
Senior Emily Burnam, who tops the Bison in goals with five, 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 four goals each in their first two collegiate games. 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.
Later this week, Penn State begins a three-game homestand by hosting ACC power No. 10 Virginia on Fri., March 10 at 5:00 p.m. and No. 19 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. 6 Princeton.