PHILADELPHIA--The Penn women’s lacrosse team will play its first road game of the season, making the in-state trek to Penn State Wednesday. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The Nittany Lions enjoyed a high-flying start to the season and outscored its first four opponents 67-21. With back-to-back ranked opponents on the road, PSU let a six-goal lead slip away in a 12-11 overtime loss to No. 2 Virginia. It was the first game they allowed double-digit goals. The next weekend, No. 7 Princeton held the Nittany Lions under 10 goals for the first time this season and defeated them 9-7.
Leading the Penn State attack is senior Marisa Lozano with 11 goals and five assists this season. If that name looks familiar, it’s because Penn has a Lozano of its ownassistant coach Gloria Lozano, who is also Marisa’s sister.
One other Lion is in double-digit scoring this season with Kerry Shea scoring 10 goals. Three other have racked up more than 10 points through six games.
In goal, junior Stephanie Ellis has had all six starts and holds a 7.67 goals-against average. Her freshman counterpart Dana Cahill has seen minutes in four outings and has made nine saves in just more than a game’s worth of play.
The Quakers’ story is unchanged with a stifling 3.40 goals-against average and a spread out attack. Leading the charge are juniors Courtney Lubbe and Ali DeLuca, but eight other Penn players have scored this season.
On defense, both DeLuca and sophomore Giulia Giordano have caused six turnovers and newcomer Erin Brennan leads the team with 11 ground balls. Brennan has also dominated the draw circle helping Penn hold a 58-22 advantage on draws this season, including a perfect 14-14 last weekend against Yale.
In goal, junior Emily Szelest has continued to be a force, making 19 saves and holding a 3.56 goals-against average. Freshman Emily Leitner made her debut in goal in the second half against Yale. She also impressed with two free-position saves and allowing just one goal in 30 minutes.