No. 15 Women's Lacrosse Begins Three Game Road Stretch at Temple
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 21, 2006 - The No. 15 Penn State women's lacrosse team (3-3) begins a rugged three-game road stretch on Tues., March 21 when it travels to Philadelphia to meet unranked Temple (2-3) in a 4:00 p.m. non-conference match-up. The Nittany Lions will be looking to reverse their recent fortunes, as they have dropped three consecutive highly competitive games to ranked opponents.
Tough games versus No. 8 Maryland (5-3) on Fri., March 24 and No. 5 North Carolina (5-2) on Sun., March 26 will round out the road trip. Featured as part of the ALC-ACC Challenge, the games will be held in College Park, Md. at Ludwig Field, home of the Terrapins.
In its previous outing on March 18, Penn State fell to No. 4 Princeton, 17-9, in Holuba Hall. Princeton jumped out to an early lead and then built on it, fashioning a 6-0 advantage through the first 15 minutes of the game. The Nittany Lions rallied with four consecutive goals to pull within striking distance of the Tigers, but that's as close as they would get. Penn State was outscored 10-5 in the second half, sealing the victory for Princeton.
Penn State's offense featured a balanced attack as six different players scored goals and four different players tallied assists. Shari Maslin (New City, N.Y.), Megan McGuire (Eldersburg, Md.), and Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.) led the Lions with two goals each. For the freshman McGuire, who also contributed an assist, the effort was her first multiple point performance of her career. Classmate Lindsay Hagemann (Watertown, N.Y.) notched the first goal of her Nittany Lion career in the first period of the loss.
Through six games games, senior co-captain Shari Maslin leads Penn State in goals (15) and points (19). Lori Havrilla (Devon, Pa.) (12 goals, 2 assists), Kim Kontson (Davidsonville, Md.) (7 goals, 4 assists) and Lindsay Dutch (Ellicott City, Md.) (7 goals, 4 assists) are also in double figures in points.
Temple enters Tuesday's contest riding a two-game winning streak, notching recent victories against Connecticut on March 7 (11-10) and Brown on March 17 (16-11). The Owls began the 2006 season with consecutive losses to nationally ranked opponents North Carolina (15-4), Virginia (10-8), and Pennsylvania (14-6).
The Temple offense has struggled to produce at times this season, averaging 8.77 goals per game. Junior Johna Capaldo is the Owls' only double figure scorer, totaling 12. Allison Frengs, another junior, is a key offensive component for Temple, as she is tied for first on the team in points (14) and assists (6) and is tied for second in goals (8). Goalkeepers Bridget McMullan (10.67 GAA) and Caitlin Gregory (12.57 GAA) have split starts and time in net through Temple's first five games.
Penn State possesses a slight 13-12-0 advantage in its all-time series with in-state rival Temple. A year ago, the Lions lost a low-scoring affair, falling to the Owls, 6-5, at home in Holuba Hall. The five goals posted in the game were a season low for Penn State. The Lions have split the last eight meetings with Temple in Philadelphia and are 3-2 versus the Owls under head coach Suzanne Isidor.
After participating in the ALC-ACC Challenge this weekend, Penn State will return home to take on No. 20 Loyola on Sun., April 2 in a 1:00 p.m. contest tentatively scheduled to be played outdoors at Jeffrey Field.