PHILADELPHIA--After five road games to start the season,the No. 8 Penn women's lacrosse team will play its first game at Franklin Field against in-state foe and 18th-ranked Penn State. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
The trip to Philadelphiais the second this season for the Nittany Lions (2-3) who opened the season with a narrow 8-7 loss to Temple. PSU played in a one-goal lost in its most recent outing as well. This time to Penn's Ivy League rival and No. 4 in the country, Princeton. The Lions scored the first three goals of the game and led 4-3 at the half. The Tigers came back and outscored their host, 3-2 in the second to escape with narrow margin.
Six different Lions scored against Princeton, but Jessi Lieb and Mary LeNoir top the goals list with eight on season while it is Lieb and Kim Konston that are the team's points-leaders. Konston combined five goals and a team-best six assists to reach the mark. Lieb has nine groundballs to lead the team and is second in draw controls with 12. Erica Mihm boasts 16 draw controls to lead the team.
In goal, Jess Boccio boasts a 8.51 goals-against average and 36 saves for a .493 save percentage. Sophomore Stephanie Ellis has also seen minutes in two games this season. The Bryn Mawr, Pa., native holds a 9.18 GAA and a .625 save percentage.
Penn (4-1)has this week's Ivy League Player of the Week, Rachel Manson in its arsenal to challenge Boccio, Ellis and the PSU defense. Manson scored five goals against Cal, March 11, tying her career best. She tacked on two more and was milliseconds away from a hat trick against Yale, where her last goal was waved off because the clock had expired. She and Melissa Lehman rank second and first, respectively on the season's points list. Lehman has 14 with nine goals and five assists. Ali DeLuca is third on the list with six goals and three assists. She has also stepped up on the draw, winning 16 to lead the team.
Shutdown defender and All-American Hilary Renna is joined on defense by Tarah Kirnan with a team-best 11 caused turnovers. The last line of defense, Sarah Waxman boasts a 6.60 GAA and was named to the Ivy League's Weekly Honor Roll for her impressive 10-save win that held Yale to just four goals in the game, and none in the second half.