No. 10 Women¡¯s Lacrosse Opens Three Game Home Stand with Battle Against No. 11 Pennsylvania
The Nittany Lions gained their seventh win of the season in dominating fashion on Saturday afternoon, routing Loyola College, 20-7, in Baltimore. Junior Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.) led the Penn State attack to its highest offensive output since 2005 with six goals and two assists. She now leads the team in goals (22) and points (31). Sophomores Kerry Shea (Baltimore, Md.) and Mariel Bryan (Folsom, Pa.) and freshmen Theresa Bucci (Hudson, Ohio) and Maria Valderas (Catonsville, Md.) contributed a pair of goals each while senior Lindsay Dutch (Ellicott City, Md.) notched added two assists, giving her a team-high 12 for the season.
The task of getting to eight wins will be daunting for the Lions, though, as Pennsylvania is off to its best start in program history in 2007. The Quakers¡¯ resume includes wins over ranked opponents Yale (9-3) and Johns Hopkins (12-4) and a 3-1 road record. Their lone loss came in early March to two-time defending national champion Northwestern, a 13-4 setback in Evanston.
Defense has been the trademark strength of Pennsylvania in 2007. The Quakers are allowing just over an average of six goals per game. Goalkeeper Sarah Waxman owns a stellar 5.97 goals against average in nine starts. The Pennsylvania offense is balanced and potent, with four players netting 12 or more goals, led by freshman Ali DeLuca¡¯s 19. Seniorhrissy Muller tops the team in assists with 10.
Penn State possesses a 9-3-0 record in its all-time series with Pennsylvania. The Nittany Lions will be looking to avenge last season¡¯s 8-6 road loss to the Quakers. The teams have split the last four meetings.
This weekend, ACC and national powerhouses No. 2 North Carolina (10-1) and No. 3 Maryland (9-1), along with ALC member Ohio State (6-2), will visit Happy Valley, as Penn State plays host to the annual ALC/ACC Challenge. The Nittany Lions will square off with the Tar Heels on Fri., April 6 (7 p.m.) and with the Terrapins on Sun., April 8 (3 p.m.). Other games include Ohio State taking on Maryland (Fri., 5 p.m.) and the Buckeyes facing North Carolina (Sun., 1 p.m.). The weather will determine the location of the games, so check www.GoPSUsports.com throughout the week for updates and additional information.