Easton, Pa. – The Leopards dropped a 3-0 decision to visiting Penn State on Sunday afternoon at Rappolt Field in their final tune-up before Patriot League play. The No. 12 Nittany Lions improved to 5-3, while Lafayette fell to 2-5 this season.
“I think the team is playing well and in a good place moving into League play next weekend.” Coach Jennifer Stone said. “It is important that we learn from our tough non-conference games and make adjustments before we begin Patriot League play at Lehigh.”
The Nittany Lions took advantage of a late corner as Brittany Grzywacz took a loose ball in the circle and fired a shot past Jessica Deutsch to open the scoring as the first half came to a close.
Deutsch was called to action again when Penn State was awarded a penalty stroke ten minutes into the second frame. The junior keeper turned aside the Grzywacz attempt to keep the Leopard within one.
In the 53rd minute the Nittany Lions got on the board again with a goal from Jenna Chismer. Chismer took the ball in from the right side and shot with the reverse side of her stick into the Leopard goal. The Leopards were awarded a penalty stroke in the 55th minute, but Brittany Blass sent her shot wide to the right side.
The Nittany Lions added an insurance goal with less than three minutes left, as Whitney Reddig hit home a rebound off a penalty corner. Penn State held on to win by a final score of 3-0.
Penn State outshot the Leopards 17-3 and also held a 12-1 advantage in penalty corners. Lafayette goalkeeper Jessica Deutsch made eight saves in the loss.
The Maroon and White open Patriot League play at rival Lehigh on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Leopards return home September 29 to host Rutgers at 2 p.m. Next Sunday’s game against Rutgers will be the Leopards cancer awareness game with all donations going towards pancreatic cancer.
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