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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., March 21, 2005 -- The 10th-ranked Penn State women¡¯s lacrosse team returns home after a four-game road swing to host Temple on Tuesday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m. at Bigler Field. The Nittany Lions (5-1) look to continue their impressive start which includes defeating No. 1 Virginia and No. 1 Princeton in the last two weeks.
The Penn State-Temple game can be heard live on the web at www.GoPSUsports.com and on the radio in the State College area on ESPN Radio 1450 AM WMAJ.
Penn State versus Temple
Penn State leads the series with Temple, 13-11. The last meeting was a 8-5 Nittany Lion win on March 23, 2004.
Penn State fans may recognize a familiar face on the Temple sidelines. Owl assistant coach B.J. Lucey was a four-year letterwinner for the Nittany Lions (1999-02) and served as the undergraduate assistant coach for the 2003 season. Lucey served as team captain during her junior and senior seasons, twice earning IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American honors.
Penn State upended the top-ranked team in the nation for the second week in a row, toppling No. 1 Princeton 14-13 in triple overtime on March 19 in Princeton, N.J. The Nittany Lions handed the Tigers not only their first loss of the season (3-1), but their first regular-season loss since April 9, 2003 (at Yale) and their first loss at Class of 1952 Stadium since March 9, 2003 (Loyola). The Tigers had won 24 straight regular-season games and 20 consecutive games on their home turf.
Senior Kristen Burke scored her career-high sixth goal off a pass from senior Emily Chambers with just 1:22 remaining in the sudden-victory triple overtime period for the win. The two teams played the first two three-minute overtime periods without a goal to force the sudden-victory overtime. Burke's game-winner came after Chambers dodged behind the net. Chambers then found Burke in front, and Burke quick-sticked a shot past Princeton goalie Sarah Kolodner, who had initially come out of the net to defend on Chambers.
The Nittany Lions are averaging 14.69 goals per game through their first six games while holding their opponents to a 7.51 goals per game average. Penn State has scored 90 goals so far this season compared to 46 for its opponents. The lowest total of goals that the Nittany Lions have scored so far this season is 10 in the 10-7 victory over then-No. 1 Virginia on Mar. 11. Twelve different Penn State players have recorded at least one goal this season led by junior Lori Havrilla with 16.
Quick On The Draw
Penn State¡¯s success on the offensive end is no doubt aided by the fact that the Nittany Lions lead their opponents in draw controls, 93 to 53. Sophomore Lindsay Dutch tops the Penn State squad with 17 draws and senior Emily Chambers has hauled in 15 draws.
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