Two Nittany Lions Tabbed as Women's Lacrosse All-America Selections

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., June 1, 2004 - Penn State women's lacrosse goalkeeper Lee Tortorelli (Havertown, Pa.) was named a first team IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-America selection while senior defender Janique Craig (Doylestown, Pa.) picked up third team honors. It is the second such award for Tortorelli and the first of Craig's career.

The American Lacrosse Conference Goalkeeper of the Year in 2004, Tortorelli was named the ALC Player of the Week and the National Player of the Week by womenslacrosse.com on May 3 and led the conference in save percentage (55.6%) and ranked 12th in the country at the end of the regular season. The junior finished the season ranked first on the team in ground balls (42) and caused turnovers with 20 in 17 games. She shattered her own single-season saves record, eclipsing the 2003 season mark of 199 in 17 games by saving 219 in 17 games this season. For her career, she boasts 607 saves, just seven saves shy of the Penn State all-time career saves record of 614 held by Megan Ames (61 games from 1998-2001). Tortorelli was named a second team IWLCA All-America selection last season along with picking up first team All-Mid-Atlantic, second team All-ALC and Academic All-Big Ten and ALC honors last season.

Also a first team All-ALC honoree, Craig started all 17 games of the season, scoring three goals and adding six assists. She ranked second on the team in both ground balls (29) and caused turnovers (16) and also posted 16 draw controls. Craig notched four ground balls in the season-opening contest at Vanderbilt (Feb. 29) and had five other contests where she posted three ground balls. She also tallied six contests of two or more caused turnovers, including notching three at Ohio State on April 23. This is the first All-ALC award for Craig, who is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree as well.


 

 

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