No. 20 Women's Lacrosse Finishes Regular Season with 15-14 Shootout Victory Over No. 9 Johns Hopkins
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; April 29, 2006 - The 20th-ranked Penn State women's lacrosse team (8-8, 4-1) used a balance offense, one that featured four players who scored three goals each, to upset American Lacrosse Conference opponent No. 9 Johns Hopkins (11-3, 3-2), 15-14, Saturday afternoon at Jeffrey Field. The victory clinches the Nittany Lions second place in the ALC for the second consecutive season and sends their six-member graduating senior class out with a thrilling win.
Senior Lori Havrilla (Devon, Pa.), juniors Lindsay Dutch (Ellicott City, Md.) and Karen Long (Ellicott City, Md.), and sophomore Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.) each netted three goals to lead the Nittany Lion attack in the high-scoring affair. Havrilla, with the three goals, finishes her accomplished Penn State career with 120, tying her with Laurie Hoke (1980-83) for 14th on the program's all-time career goals list. Long, a junior, continued to exhibit her hot hand on offense, scoring 10 goals in the final four games of 2006, including two hat tricks. Shari Maslin (New City, N.Y.) also had a productive Senior Day, tallying two goals and two assists.
Penn State dug itself an early hole, falling behind 3-1 after six minutes of play. Only an unassisted goal off the stick of Karen Long stemmed the Blue Jays' scoring tide. However, the Lions would quickly regroup and go on a 5-0 scoring run over the next nine minutes. Two goals from Lori Havrilla and one each from Lindsay Dutch, Jessi Lieb, and Shari Maslin provided Penn State with a 6-3 advantage.
Johns Hopkins would then answer back with five straight goals of its own, taking an 8-6 lead with just under seven minutes remaining in the first period. Havrilla drew Penn State to within one with her third goal of the game, but one more Blue Jay score pushed JHU's lead back to two at 9-7 at the break.
Penn State and Johns Hopkins would trade goals over the first ten minutes of the second period, with scores from Lindsay Dutch and Karen Long countering two from the Blue Jays. Goals by Long and Lauren Bryan (Folsom, Pa.) brought Penn State even with Johns Hopkins with 16 minutes left on the clock. Bryan's goal was special not only because it knotted the game at 11-11 but because it was the senior's first goal of the season in her final game as a Nittany Lion. Freshman Megan McGuire (Eldersburg, Md.) assisted on both of the critical goals.
After JHU reclaimed the lead at 13-12 at the 10:20 mark, a 3-0 scoring stretch would put Penn State ahead for good. Maslin, Dutch, and Lieb accomplished that feat with consecutive goals. Mary Key, the nation's top scorer, tried to bring Johns Hopkins back by pulling the Blue Jays to within one with her fourth goal of the contest with 3:51 on the clock. However, Penn State held the ball for much of the game's remaining moments and then thwarted one final Johns Hopkins scoring push to secure the victory.
Junior goalkeeper Cammie Jurkowsky faced 38 Johns Hopkins' shots, tying a season high by recording 12 saves. In her first year as a starter, Jurkowsky compiled an 8-7 record.
With the 2006 regular season having drawn to a conclusion, Penn State will await word on its postseason fate. The 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship bracket will be announced exclusively on CSTV: College Sports Television's The #1 College Sports Show - NCAA Lacrosse Championship Selection Special. The 16-team field will be revealed on Mon., May 8 at 8:00 p.m.