No. 7 Women¡¯s Lacrosse Uses Potent Offense to Power Past Bucknell, 19-5
LEWISBURG, Pa.; March 7, 2006 - For the second consecutive game, seventh-ranked Penn State scored 19 goals in victory, defeating regional foe Bucknell, 19-5, Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference contest held at Graham Field in Lewisburg, Pa. Just two days ago, in their 2006 home opener, the Nittany Lions routed Colgate, 19-3. With the win over the Bison, Penn State ups its record to a perfect 3-0 with a match-up with fellow national powerhouse Virginia looming later in the week. Suffering defeat for the first time this season, the Bison fall to 2-1.
Junior Lindsay Dutch (Ellicott City, Md.) gave Penn State a 1-0 advantage 2:20 into the game when she scored her third goal of the season. Bucknell responded quickly by scoring two goals in a span of three minutes to take its only lead of the game. Goals by senior co-captain Shari Maslin (New City, N.Y) and freshman Kerry Shea (Baltimore, Md.) reclaimed the lead for Penn State and another by Maslin and a score by Karen Long (Ellicott City, Md.) pushed the Lions¡¯ lead to 5-2.
After the Bison drew within one of Penn State, thanks to two goals by Emily Burnam, the Nittany Lions posted the next 10 goals, including four by Maslin, to fashion a commanding 15-4 halftime lead.
Dutch ignited the Lions¡¯ offense in the second period as well, tallying her third goal of the game with 16:44 showing on the clock. Scores by senior Meg Boyd (Severna Park, Md.) and freshmen Lauren Burke (Severna Park, Md.) and Megan McGuire (Eldersburg, Md.) capped the Penn State offensive outpouring for the period and the game.
Shari Maslin spearheaded the Nittany Lion offense, recording a single game, career-high six goals. She leads Penn State with 12 goals. Lindsay Dutch contributed three goals and added two assists.
Starting her third consecutive game in net, Cammie Jurkowsky (Annapolis, Md.) registered three saves in 38-plus minutes before being relieved by Jess Boccio (Northport, N.Y.). The sophomore goalkeeper allowed one goal while earning three saves.
Penn State begins a three-game home stand by hosting ACC power No. 10 Virginiaon 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.