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INSIDE THE NUMBERS
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The 14th-ranked Nittany Lion women’s lacrosse team celebrates an exciting Saturday when it welcomes No. 12 Northwestern to Penn State Lacrosse Field. Senior Day kicks things off at 11:45 a.m. with opening draw commencing at Noon. Plenty of other great activities will take place as the Nittany Lions celebrate the USWLA National Championship teams.
• Penn State will celebrate five graduating senior student-athletes and its student manager at 11:45 a.m.
• The Nittany Lions celebrate all their alumnae returning to campus, including the 1978, 1979 and 1980 USWLA National Champions.
• Penn State welcomes local lacrosse clubs back to Happy Valley for Youth Lacrosse Day. A bounce house will be located at the north end of the complex for young fans to enjoy.
• “Halfway Halloween” is being celebrated on Saturday with young fans encouraged to participate in a costume contest and trick-or-treating fun.
TICKETS & PARKING
• All Penn State regular-season lacrosse games are free to attend.
• Free parking can be found in Lot 44 South next to the Multi-Sport Complex.
SENIOR DAY SENDOFF
• For the final weekend home game of the year, Penn State will honor its five graduating senior student-athletes in a pre-game ceremony: Madison Cyr, Heather Harman, Ally Heavens, Jenna Mosketti and Emi Smith along with student manager Ben Rivera. The pre-game ceremony kicks off at 11:45 a.m.
NITTANY LIONS BOUNCE BACK BY BEATING MICHIGAN
• The No. 10 Penn State women's lacrosse team used a 7-0 run over a 17-minute span in the first half to put away Michigan, 13-8, on Sunday, April 17 at Michigan Stadium. Freshman Madison Carter (Davidsonville, Md.) tallied four goals and sophomore Katie O'Donnell (West Chester, Pa.) added a hat trick to pace the offense.
• Penn State (10-4, 2-1 Big Ten) used its stout defense to keep Michigan (6-9, 0-3 Big Ten) off kilter all game long. The Nittany Lions held a 38-17 advantage in shots and forced 25 Wolverine turnovers. Michigan converted just 11-of-19 clears as well.
• The defense was a total team effort with 12 Nittany Lions registering 15 caused turnovers led by a pair of forced turnovers each by Lucy Haubold (Malvern, Pa.), Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and Taylor Bleistein (Bayville, N.Y.).
CYR GETTING IT DONE ON BOTH SIDES
• Penn State senior midfielder Madison Cyr leads the team in goals (41), points (53), shots (93), ground balls (24, tied) and caused turnovers (27).
• Cyr ranks third in the Big Ten in goals and ranks 24th nationally. Cyr’s 1.93 caused turnovers per game are second in the conference only to two-time Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor Cummings of Maryland. Cyr is 17th nationally in caused turnovers.
SCORE A GOAL, CONTROL THE BALL
• Penn State has ranked among the top 15 teams all season in goals per game and draw controls. PSU averages 13.36 goas per game, which is 12th best in the nation, while pulling down 13.79 draws a game, which ranks eighth nationally. PSU is also ninth in the country in caused turnovers per game (11.21).
THE B1G BATTLE FOR A B1G BYE
• Penn State and Northwestern are tied for second in the Big Ten at 2-1, trailing Maryland 3-0 for first place. The winner of Saturday’s game will be in prime position to earn a crucial bye to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals (May 5-8). Ohio State lurks in fourth (2-2) followed by Rutgers (1-3) and Michigan (0-3).
• Maryland faces Michigan this weekend before traveling to Penn State on Thursday, while Northwestern travels to Ohio State on Friday, April 29. Rutgers and Michigan cap their regular seasons against each other as well.
• The Northwestern Wildcats (7-7, 2-1 Big Ten) again boast one of the toughest schedules in the country, having already played 10 ranked teams with Penn State slated to be the 11th. Last time out, the Wildcats beat Rutgers 20-9 in Evanston on April 17.
• The Wildcats average 11.64 goals per game and allow 10.43 per game. NU is 1-4 in true road games and 1-5 in all games away from Evanston. That win came in the season opener at No. 4 Duke on Feb. 7. All of Northwestern’s away games have been against top 15 opponents. • Northwestern’s offense is led by Kaleigh Craig with her 36 goals and 44 total points as well as Selena Lasota (32 goals, team-high 86 shots). Christin Esposito is second on the team in points (37) with 23 goals and 14 assists, while Shelby Fredericks has contributed all over the field with 17 goals, 14 assists and a team-high 89 draw controls.
• Northwestern’s high-pressure defense has opponents committing 14.7 turnovers per game. Craig, Esposito and Spring Sanders are tied for the team lead with 12 caused turnovers each. The Wildcats have held opponents to just 74.2 percent on the clear.
• Mallory Weisse has started all 14 games in net and has a 10.42 GAA and .407 save percentage.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. NORTHWESTERN (NU leads 19-6)
• Penn State and Northwestern will meet for the 26th time on Saturday. Penn State won both meetings last season to snap an 18-game skid against the Wildcats.
All-Time Series: Northwestern leads 19-6
PSU Streak: 2 wins
First Meeting: 4/28/84, PSU 16-6
Last Meeting: 5/1/15, PSU 13-10
Last PSU Win: 5/1/15, 13-10
Last NU Win: 4/4/14, 5-4
Largest PSU Win: 16-6 (4/28/84)
Largest NU Win: 19-7 (5/4/07)
NEXT TIME OUT
• Penn State concludes its regular season on Thursday, April 28 when it welcomes top-ranked and defending national champion Maryland to Happy Valley. Opening draw is 7 p.m. on Big Ten Network.