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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; May 26, 2006 - Five members of the Penn State women's lacrosse team have been selected to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) 2006 All-West/Midwest Region Team. Junior Renee Cipro (Ellicott City, Md.), sophomore Jessi Lieb (Villanova, Pa.), and Shari Maslin (New City, N.Y.) were recognized on the IWLCA first team while seniors Lauren Bryan (Folsom, Pa.) and Lori Havrilla (Devon, Pa.) were named to the second team.
The five Nittany Lion standouts are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-American teams, which will be announced on Tues., May 30. The IWLCA and US Lacrosse will honor the national All-Americans at an awards banquet on Sat., June 10 in Baltimore, Md.
Renee Cipro, an All-American selection in 2005, is Penn State's best match-up defender, routinely drawing one-on-one responsibilities against opponents' top offensive weapon. She finished second on the team this season in ground balls with 31 and was among team leaders in caused turnovers.
Jessi Lieb, a true midfielder who excels on both ends of the field, led the Nittany Lions in ground balls (40), draw controls (48), and caused turnovers (21) in 2006. A talented offensive force with a knack for defeating double teams, Lieb finished the year with 34 goals, a career season-high, and six assists. For her outstanding effort in a win over Vanderbilt in Penn State's season opener, she was honored as ALC Player of the Week for the first time in her collegiate career. In 2005, Lieb was named All-ALC second team and to womenslacrosse.com's National All-Rookie Team.
A four-year starter, Shari Maslin developed into an elite offensive weapon culminating in this season, the finest of her outstanding career. In 2006, as a senior co-captain, Maslin was first on the team in goals (38), assists (13), and points (51) and second in draw controls (42). For her career, Maslin totaled 112 goals and 53 assists. She was named American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week for her standout performances in Penn State's dominating road wins over league rivals Ohio State and Ohio in late April.
Senior co-captain Lauren Bryan's all-conference honor is the first of her distinguished Penn State career. A leader on the defensive end and a key part of the Nittany Lion transition game, Bryan finished second on the team in caused turnovers with 17. Bryan ended her career with three goals, including one in her final game in a Penn State uniform, and seven assists.
A true scoring threat every time she controls the ball, Lori Havrilla finished her accomplished Penn State career with 120 goals, tying her with Laurie Hoke (1980-83) for 14th on the program's all-time career goals list. In 63 career games, Havrilla also collected 41 assists, giving her 161 points, a total just two shy of breaking her into Penn State's top 15 list for career points. Her 2006 totals of 37 goals, 13 assists, and 50 points were all career highs.
Penn State posted an 8-8 record in 2006, placing second in the American Lacrosse Conference with a 4-1 record for the second consecutive season. Several notable milestones were reached throughout 2006, including the program's 400th overall and 200th home victory and Suzanne Isidor's 50th Penn State and 100th career head coaching win.
Renee Cipro and Jessi Lieb will form the foundation of a gifted and promising 2007 squad. Also returning are key offensive weapons Lindsay Dutch (22 goals, 10 assists) (Ellicott City, Md.) and Karen Long (14 goals, 4 assists) (Ellicott City, Md.), Kim Kontson (12 goals, 9 assists) (Davidsonville, Md.), Kerry Shea (10 goals) (Baltimore, Md.), and Megan McGuire (9 goals, 11 assists) (Eldersburg, Md.). Goalkeepers Cammie Jurkowsky (Annapolis, Md.) and Jess Boccio (Northport, N.Y.) will also be back in addition to top defenders Jenn Green (Clarksville, Md.) and Lindsay Hagemann (Watertown, N.Y.).