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College wrap: Philly grads help Penn State cruise past Bucknell; Ellisen (Great Valley) scores three for G. Mason

Wednesday, 17th February 2010

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/17/10
From Press Releases

Temperatures may have been frigid but the No. 18 Penn State women’s lacrosse team (2-0) was red hot in its Tuesday afternoon non-conference match-up with Bucknell (0-1), as the Nittany Lions dominated play from whistle to whistle in a 15-2 rout of the Bison.

Philly grads Mary Dean (Cheltenaham) and Aly Adams (Springfield-Delco) scored once each as 10 different Nittany Lions netted goals. Sophomore Bridget Callahan and freshman Molly Fernandez each totaled two goals and two assists. Senior Theresa Bucci and junior Laura Lesnick each also added two goals.

While the Penn State offense was scoring at will, the defense was stifling the Bucknell attack. The Nittany Lions limited the Bison to just two shots, with its first coming over 20 minutes into the game, and zero goals in the first half and did not allow a score until nearly 45 minutes had expired on the game clock. The Penn State defense caused 12 turnovers, including a game-high three from junior midfielder Maggie Dunbar and two from defender Jackie Eastman (Springfield-Delco).

Senior Stephanie Ellis (Radnor) started and played the entire first half, registering one save and not allowing a goal. Sophomore Dana Cahill faced eight shots, totaling a career-high five saves.

For Bucknell (0-1), midfielder Allie Mongan (Villa Maria Academy) and defender Ashley St. John (Conestoga) had three groundballs and one caused turnover apiece.

The Nittany Lions return home this weekend to host No. 2 Maryland (1-0) in a 1 p.m. game at Holuba Hall. Penn State possesses a 14-31-1 all-time record against the Terrapins, including last season’s 20-12 loss in the ALC/ACC Challenge in Columbus, Ohio.

UMBC 16, George Mason 8

Emily Ellisen (Great Valley) scored three goals and Megan Udovich (Ridley) added one for the losing Patriots in their season opener.



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