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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., March 20, 2004 - The 18th-ranked Penn State women's lacrosse team fell to top-ranked Princeton, 13-7, Saturday afternoon in Holuba Hall. The Nittany Lions fall to 1-5 for the season while the Tigers improve to a perfect 5-0.
Junior Kristen Burke (Severna Park, Md.) led the Lions with three goals and junior Emily Chambers (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) added two tallies while senior Katie Jeschke (Ellicott City, Md.) and sophomore Shari Maslin (New City, N.Y.) each posted a goal. Seniors Katie Hartman (Annapolis, Md.) and Janique Craig (Doylestown, Pa.) notched three and one assists, respectively.
Junior goalkeeper Lee Tortorelli (Havertown, Pa.) recorded 12 saves in the outing.
For Princeton, Theresa Sherry and Liza Hillenbrand each scored three goals, Elizabeth Pillion, Kathleen Miller, Lindsey Biles all recorded two goals and Tara Hardiman notched one goal.
Pillion got the Tigers on the board less than a minute into the contest but a Nittany Lion goal by Chambers and assisted by Hartman tied the score at 1-1 at the 6:17 mark. Princeton then scored five unanswered goals to take the 6-1 lead before a Chambers free position goal at 20:51 cut the Tiger lead to four at 6-2, which would be the halftime score.
The first of Burke's three second-half goals came less than two minutes into the second stanza and a Maslin mark 1:15 later made the score 6-4. Another Burke goal that was assisted by Craig at the 36:48 mark pulled Penn State to within one but Princeton's Hardiman pushed the advantage to two with less than 20 minutes remaining in the contest. A goal from Jeschke, who was returning from injury, made the score 7-6 and Burke's third goal tied the score at 7-7 with less than 15 minutes to play. But the Tigers caught fire, going on a 6-0 run to finish the game on top, 13-7.
The Nittany Lions travel to Temple on Tuesday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m.
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