No. 14 Women¡¯s Lacrosse Suffers 13-6 Setback at No. 7 Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.; March 9, 2007 ¨C In its first foray away from home in 2007, the 14th-ranked Penn State women¡¯s lacrosse team dropped its first decision of the season, falling to No. 7 Virginia, 13-6, Friday evening in Charlottesville, Va. With the loss, the Nittany Lions slip to 3-1 on the year while the Cavaliers claim their fifth straight win.
Penn State played Virginia even for the first 30 minutes, earning a 4-4 halftime tie. After the Cavaliers built an early 3-0 lead, the Lions began to claw their back into the game. Freshman Theresa Bucci (Hudson, Ohio) tallied the first goal of her collegiate career off an assist from junior Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa), getting the Lions on the board with 12:30 remaining in the opening period.
After UVA answered back to stretch its advantage back to three, Penn State ended the half with three consecutive goals off of eight-meter opportunities. Lieb notched the first two followed by one from sophomore Megan McGuire (Eldersburg, Md.).
However, for the second straight game, the Penn State offense and defense struggled in the final 30 minutes. Virginia began the half with a 5-0 flurry and finished the game with a 4-0 run to put the game out of the Lions¡¯ reach. Sandwiched in between the Cavaliers¡¯ scoring stretches were goals by Kerry Shea (Baltimore, Md.) and Jessi Lieb.
Lieb, in addition to her team-best four points, tallied a game-high five ground balls.
Senior goalkeeper Cammie Jurkowsky (Annapolis, Md.) faced a barrage of 38 Virginia shots, totaling a season-high 10 saves.
The Nittany Lions continue their road trip on Sunday when they travel to Williamsburg, Va. for a 1 p.m. match-up with William & Mary. A year ago, Penn State fell to the Tribe, 14-12, in Holuba Hall. The Nittany Lions last downed William & Mary in 2002, a 10-8 home victory.