No. 14 Women's Lacrosse Visits Lafayette for Mid-Week Non-Conference Contest

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Freshman Molly Fernandez leads Penn State in goals (15), assists (6), and points (21)

Freshman Molly Fernandez leads Penn State in goals (15), assists (6), and points (21)

March 23, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The No. 14 Penn State women's lacrosse team (4-3, 0-1 ALC) will finish up a three-game road stretch with one of two mid-week games scheduled for this season when they visit Easton, Pa. for a non-conference tilt with Lafayette (0-8, 0-2 Patriot League) on Wednesday evening. The Nittany Lions and Leopards are set to meet at 5 p.m. at the Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex.

Penn State opened ALC play last weekend with a 20-14 loss to Vanderbilt on a rain-soaked field in Nashville. Freshman attacker Molly Fernandez (Baltimore, Md.) and sophomore midfielder Theresa Zichelli (Severna Park, Pa.) led the offense with a career-high four goals each. Key offensive contributions also came from junior midfielder Laura Lesnick (Jarrettsville, Md.), who netted a hat trick, and junior attacker Jen Steadman (Sykesville, Md.), who totaled two goals and two assists.

Lafayette is coming off a 20-4 blowout road loss to archrival Lehigh, its eighth-straight defeat to start the 2010 season. The Leopards' main downfall has been their defense, as they have allowed a total of 114 goals, a 14.25 per game average, thus far this year. The Lafayette offense features three double-digit scorers in freshman Addie Godfrey (12g, 1a), junior Lauren Brown (12g, 1a), and sophomore Erin Steel (7g, 3a).

Penn State is 17-2 all-time versus the Leopards, winning 11 consecutive match-ups, including last season's 20-7 rout in University Park. The Nittany Lions possess a 59-2 record in program history against members of the Patriot League.

Penn State returns home this weekend to meet No. 17 William & Mary (4-3) on Sun., March 28 at 1 p.m. at Jeffrey Field. The Nittany Lions own a 22-7-1 all-time record in their series with the Tribe, including last season's 14-12 victory in Williamsburg, highlighted by three goals from Marisa Lozano (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and four points from Jen Steadman



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