Three Nittany Lions Honored on 2007 All-American Lacrosse Conference Team

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; May 3, 2007
- Three members of the 18th-ranked Penn State women's lacrosse team have been selected for recognition on the 2007 All-American Lacrosse Conference Team. Senior defender Renee Cipro (Ellicott City, Md.) and junior midfielder Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.) were named First Team All-ALC while sophomore midfielder Kerry Shea (Baltimore, Md.) was a Second Team All-ALC honoree.

Described by Penn State head coach Suzanne Isidor as "the best defender I have ever coached," Renee Cipro is making her third consecutive appearance on the All-ALC First Team. The Nittany Lions' top match-up defender, Cipro has routinely drawn one-on-one responsibilities against opponents' No. 1 offensive threat throughout her distinguished career. Earlier this year, Cipro was recognized on the prestigious Tewaaraton Award Foundation's Women's Preseason Watch List for the second consecutive year. In the 2007 season, she is among the team leaders in ground balls (17), draw controls (21), and caused turnovers (11). For leading a Nittany Lion defensive unit that shut down No. 8 Princeton's high-powered offense in an 8-7 come-from-behind win on March 17, Cipro was named ALC Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Also an accomplished student in the field of marketing, Cipro has earned academic All-ALC honors in each of her first three years at Penn State.

For Jessi Lieb, the First Team All-ALC honor is her second straight after receiving second team accolades as a true freshman. Despite missing part or all of Penn State's last three games due to injury, she remains the team leader in goals (26), points (39), and caused turnovers (19). Like her teammate Renee Cipro, Lieb was selected as a Tewaaraton Trophy candidate before both the 2006 and 2007 seasons. As a sophomore, she was named First Team All-West/Midwest Region and Third Team IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-America.

The conference honor for Kerry Shea is her first in just her second season in Happy Valley. A speedy and aggressive midfielder, she leads the 2007 Nittany Lions in draw controls (22), is second in goals (25) and caused turnovers (11), and third in points (33) and ground balls (26). Coming to Penn State as a highly- touted prospect in 2006, Shea netted 10 goals in seven games but saw her promising freshman campaign and strong bid for ALC Rookie of the Year ended by a leg injury.

The Nittany Lions will face Ohio State (9-6) on Thursday at 1 p.m. in a first round contest of the inaugural American Lacrosse Conference Tournament. Should Penn State get past the Buckeyes, it will advance to the semifinals to meet No. 1 Northwestern (15-1) on Friday at 5 p.m. All tournament games will be played at host Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field in Baltimore.

 

 

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