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PRINCETON, N.J.; March 17, 2007 ?C Down 4-2 at halftime, the No. 13 Penn State women??s lacrosse team rallied to claim an 8-7 victory over No. 8 Princeton Saturday afternoon at Class of 1952 Stadium in Princeton, N.J. The outcome marks the Nittany Lions?? second upset win over the Tigers in three years but just their second win in the teams?? last 10 meetings.
Due to inclement weather and resulting unfavorable playing conditions, the non-conference match-up was originally scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., then was switched to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and then was changed back to today at 5 p.m. The wait proved to be well worth it for the Nittany Lions, as they raised their record to 5-1 while the Tigers fell to 2-2 on the season.
Princeton controlled play early, tallying two goals while holding Penn State scoreless through the game??s first 10 minutes. Senior Lindsay Dutch (Ellicott City, Md.) got the Lions on the board and cut the Tigers lead in half by netting her 12th goal of the year at the 9:37 mark. Princeton answered back less than 30 seconds later with a goal and extended its lead to 4-1 with another score with 3:37 remaining in the half. Junior Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.) pulled Penn State to within two just before halftime with a free position goal.
After Princeton notched an early second half goal, Penn State took the game over. The Lions would rally to score six straight goals and hold the Tigers scoreless for nearly 20 minutes. Penn State got two goals from Dutch and sophomore Mariel Bryan (Folsom, Pa.) and single scores from Lieb and sophomore Megan McGuire (Eldersburg, Md.) in the stretch.
Princeton made a late comeback attempt, scoring two goals to pull within one, but the Nittany Lions held on and gained the victory.
The Penn State defense, headlined by Tewaaraton Trophy candidate Renee Cipro (Ellicott City, Md.), was stout, holding Princeton??s top scorers, Katie Lewis-Lamonica and Kathleen Miller to two combined goals. Senior goalkeeper Cammie Jurkowsky (Annapolis, Md.) recorded nine saves en route to her fifth win of the season.
After completing their longest road stretch of the 2007 season, the Nittany Lions return home for games against Temple (1-3) and Vanderbilt (3-2) next week. On Tuesday evening (March 20), the Owls will visit Holuba Hall for a 6:30 p.m. game. Penn State holds a 14-12-0 advantage in the all-time series with Temple, including last year??s 9-6 victory in Philadelphia. Later in the week, on Sun., March 25, the Lions will kick off American Lacrosse Conference play when they take on Vanderbilt. A year ago, Penn State edged the Commodores, 9-8, in Nashville in its season opener.