March 18, 2009

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Penn Edges Penn State in Defensive Battle

from press release

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--The No. 3 women's lacrosse team had to battle back, but defeated Penn State 9-6 in the Quakers' first road game of the season. The Quakers never led until the final 18 minutes of the game, but rattled off four goals to create a lead they would not relinquish.

With the win, Penn improved to 6-0 on the season and handed PSU its first home loss of the season and fell to 4-3.

Penn State came ready to play, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes. It was the first time Penn had trailed at any point this season.

The Quakers finally got their act together with back-to-back goals from Becca Edwards and a third from Courtney Lubbe all in the span of 1:58. Both teams locked down on defense with Penn State notching a free position goal in the final minute of the half to squeeze out a lead going into the break.

In the second half, the defensive struggles continued with the teams inching through the first 10 minutes. Penn managed to score twice, but saw PSU's Marisa Lozano answer to keep the score knotted. Finally with 18 minutes left to play, junior Emma Spiro netted her 10th goal of the season to give the Quakers their first lead.

She notched another and was followed by Lubbe and Kaitlyn Lombardo to put the Red and Blue up four.

Penn State took a final stab with 1:10 remaining, but the clock expired and the Quakers sealed a win for their first road trip.

Junior Emily Szelest made a season-high six saves while her counterpart Stephanie Ellis made nine for the Nittany Lions.

The Quakers are back at home Saturday to host Cornell. The game is set for 1 p.m.


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