No. 8 Women¡¯s Lacrosse Tops No. 15 Penn, 16-9
University Park, Pa., April 6, 2005 - The eighth-ranked Penn State women¡¯s lacrosse team defeated No. 15 Penn, 16-9, Wednesday afternoon at Jeffrey Field to improve to 8-3 while the Quakers fall to 5-4.
Senior Kristen Burke (Severna Park, Md.) led six Penn State scorers with five goals on nine shots as junior Lori Havrilla (Devon, Pa.) and sophomore Lindsay Dutch (Ellicott City, Md.) each tallied three scores. Senior Emily Chambers (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) and junior Shari Maslin (New City, N.Y.) chipped in two goals each and freshman Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.) tallied one. Burke, Chambers, Dutch and Havrilla all assisted on two goals as Maslin, Lieb and junior Lauren Bryan (Folsom, Pa.) all added one assist.
Penn State won the draw control battle, 14-13, led by Lieb with four and Maslin, Dutch and Chambers with two each. The Nittany Lions collected 22 ground balls to Penn¡¯s 17, led by Dutch, Havrilla and Burke with three each. Lieb and senior Sara Ward (West Chester, Pa.) led the squad with two caused turnovers apiece.
Senior goalkeeper Lee Tortorelli (Havertown, Pa.) played all 60 minutes of the contest, facing 20 shots and making seven saves while allowing nine goals.
For Penn, Emily Cochran, Ali Ryan, Katie Spofford and Chrissy Muller all scored two goals as Allie Juras posted one. Cochran and Ryan also added an assist apiece.
Chambers opened up scoring in the game with a free position goal at the 22:16 mark before Penn responded with two goals of its own to go up 2-1 with 19:16 left in the first half. An unassisted Maslin goal off of the draw at 18:48 evened the score at 2-2 before the Quakers scored three of the next four goals to take the 5-3 lead with 8:47 remaining in the half. But a Havrilla free position goal at 4:47 was quickly followed by another Havrilla goal off the ensuing draw to tie the game at 5-5. Penn State remained on fire, with Burke scoring off a pass from Havrilla at 4:11 and Maslin putting away a Chambers pass with 46 seconds left to give the Nittany Lions the 7-5 lead going into halftime.
Out of the break, Penn¡¯s Ali Ryan trimmed the Lion lead to one on a free position goal before another Havrilla goal at 26:43 sparked a five-goal run over the next 9:37 to put Penn State up 12-6. A Quaker goal from Muller halted the streak with 15:59 left in the game before back to back Burke scores and a goal from Chambers made the score 15-7 with 9:45 remaining. A Penn goal at 8:38 cut the Penn State lead to 15-8 but Burke scored for the Lions on the ensuing draw to make it 16-8 and a Penn goal with 1:58 remaining was too little too late as the Nittany Lions came away with the 16-9 victory.
Penn State takes to the road, traveling to Evanston, Ill., to face ALC foe and No. 1 Northwestern on Friday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m. ET. The Nittany Lions return home on Friday, April 22 for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with Ohio State at 7:00 p.m.
For more information on the Penn State women¡¯s lacrosse team, please visit www.GoPSUsports.com.