Women's Lacrosse To Host North Carolina Thursday In NCAA Tournament

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University Park, Pa., May 9, 2005 - The No. 10 Penn State women's lacrosse team has earned the No. 7 seed in the NCAA Championship and will host the University of North Carolina on Thursday, May 12. The contest will be played at Jeffrey Field at 3 p.m.

Tickets for the event will be $4 for adults and $2 for youth, students and senior citizens. Fans are encouraged to park on the grass area south of Jeffrey Field.

Coach Suzanne Isidor's Nittany Lions bring a 12-4 record into their 17th NCAA Championship berth and first since 2001. Penn State won the 1987 and '89 NCAA titles and the 1978, '79 and '80 USWLA national championship. The Nittany Lions boast their largest season-to-season turnaround since the 1973-1794 seasons as it tallied a 12-4 record this year after posting a 6-11 mark last season. The Nittany Lions went 3-5 in 1973 and 7-1 in 1974.

Penn State and North Carolina (13-5) met on March 27 in Annapolis, Md., with the Tar Heels posting a 13-7 win. North Carolina leads the all-time series 5-2, winning the last two meetings. The Nittany Lions won 9-7 during the 2003 campaign.

Penn State was 4-2 against squads that made the 16-team NCAA field this season, posting wins over No. 6 seed Virginia, No. 8 seed Princeton, Maryland and Johns Hopkins, while falling to UNC and No. 1 Northwestern. Virginia and Princeton were ranked No. 1 when Penn State beat them.

The Nittany Lions will enter the NCAA Championship on a four-game winning streak, with their last loss coming at No. 1 Northwestern on April 15. Penn State will be playing its first NCAA Tournament home game since a 1999 contest against West Chester.

The winner of the Penn State-North Carolina contest will play the winner of the Richmond-Duke game on Sunday, May 15 at a site to be determined. The national semifinals and championship will be played May 20 and 22 in Annapolis, Md.




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