No. 14 Women¡¯s Lacrosse Cruises to 12-4 Road Victory Over William & Mary
WILLIAMSBURG, Va.; March 11, 2007 ¨C The 14th-ranked Penn State women¡¯s lacrosse showed its resiliency Sunday afternoon, rebounding from its first loss of the season by soundly defeating William & Mary (1-3), 12-4, in Williamsburg, Va. After a disappointing showing versus No. 7 Virginia on Friday evening and struggling in the second half of their last two games, the Nittany Lions put together a complete game to up their overall season record to 4-1.
The victory also avenges a 14-12 defeat suffered by Penn State at the hands of the Tribe last season in Holuba Hall.
Sophomore Kerry Shea (Baltimore, Md.) netted a career-high five goals to lead the Penn State attack. Senior Karen Long (Ellicott City, Md.) added two scores while five other Nittany Lions contributed one goal each.
Freshman Mary LeNoir (Timonium, Md.), with an assist from senior Lindsay Dutch (Ellicott City, Md.), got Penn State on the board, scoring her fourth goal of the season at the 25:47 mark. Just over two minutes later, Kerry Shea gave the Lions a 2-0 advantage with an unassisted goal.
After William & Mary¡¯s Jamie Fitzgerald cut Penn State¡¯s lead in half, goals by Dutch and Shea put the Lions up 4-1. The teams would trade goals for the final 14 minutes of the half, with each netting two, resulting in a 6-3 contest in favor of Penn State at the break.
The Nittany Lions dominated the second half on the scoreboard, posting seven goals to William & Mary¡¯s one. Penn State got consecutive goals from Shea, Karen Long, and freshman Maria Valderas (Catonsville, Md.) before William & Mary answered back for what would be the last time in the game with 18:17 remaining. Scores by Long, Shea, and freshman Theresa Bucci (Hudson, Ohio) put the finishing touches on the Lions¡¯ victory.
Senior goalkeeper Cammie Jurkowsky (Annapolis, Md.) played all 60 minutes in goal for Penn State, totaling six saves against 16 William & Mary shots.
The Nittany Lions remain on the road next weekend, visiting No. 9 Princeton (2-0) for a 2 p.m. contest on Sat., March 17. Last season, Penn State fell to the Tigers, 17-9, at home in Holuba Hall, its eighth setback in its last nine meetings with Princeton.