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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 11, 2006 - For the second time in three days, the Penn State women's lacrosse team (3-1) will challenge a nationally ranked opponent from the state of Virginia on its home turf, as the Nittany Lions welcome No. 19 William & Mary (2-1) to Holuba Hall on Sun., March 12 for a 12:00 p.m. contest. On Friday afternoon, Penn State played host to No. 10 Virginia and suffered its first defeat of the season, dropping a 12-8 decision to the visiting Cavaliers.
A stellar offensive performance by senior Lori Havrilla (Devon, Pa.) highlighted the Penn State effort versus Virginia. Havrilla repeatedly torched UVA's defense, scoring six of Penn State's eight goals, including its first four. With her double hat trick, the senior midfielder over doubled her season total of five goals coming into the non-conference contest. Freshman Mariel Bryan (Folsom, Pa.) and sophomore Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.) tallied the Lions' other goals. For Bryan, the score was her third of the season while Lieb's was her seventh of 2006.
Penn State will get William & Mary coming off its first defeat of the season, a 13-9 setback suffered at the hands of No. 14 Richmond on March 8. The Tribe began the season with wins over Longwood (18-6) and Boston University (12-10).
Colleen Dalon, the 2005 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, fronts the William & Mary attack. The senior co-captain leads the team in goals (12), points (13), and shots (24). La Nolan, who is tied for second on the team in goals with five and tops the Tribe with four assists, is also a key offensive contributor. Voted to the 2005 CAA All-Rookie Team, sophomore Ashley Bolton is one of William & Mary's top defensive stoppers.
William & Mary appears in the IWLCA/US Lacrosse poll ranked at No. 19 but is not in the top 20 in the Bounce Entertainment/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The Tribe was picked to finish fifth in the eight-team Colonial Athletic Association in 2006 by a preseason vote of league's eight head coaches.
Penn State holds a 19-6-1 all-time mark against William & Mary. In 2005, the Tribe upset the Nittany Lions, 13-12, in Williamsburg. Penn State has lost its last two meetings with William & Mary but had won the prior five.
Penn State wraps up a three-game home stand on Sat., March 18 when it hosts No. 6 Princeton in a 3:00 p.m. game at Holuba Hall. The Nittany Lions will then face Temple, Maryland, and North Carolina on the road the following week.