Lafayette Field Hockey Travels to No. 14 Penn State
Oct. 1, 2008
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette field hockey team travels to Penn State to take on the No. 14 Nittany Lions at 6 p.m. The Leopards head to State College, Pa. on Wednesday on a three-game winning streak - their most recent being a 3-2 victory against Radford on a rainy Sunday.
Lafayette currently sits tied atop the Patriot League standings along with Bucknell with a 7-3 record. Midfielder Maggie Condon and defender Carolyn Cabrey were honored this week by the Patriot League, earning Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week nods, respectively. Condon was also named to womensfieldhockey.com's honor roll on Tuesday.
Wednesday's game will be just the fourth road game for Lafayette this season. The Leopards hold a 1-2 record on the road with a win at Quinnipiac and losses to Rutgers and Lock Haven.
In the last meeting between the two schools, then-No. 9 Penn State edged Lafayette 1-0 on Sept. 10, 2007, in Easton, Pa. Lafayette denied the Nittany Lions the ability to convert on four early penalty corner opportunities. With less than five minutes remaining in the first period, the Nittany Lions were able to get one past freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Andersen. Penn State midfielder Kiersten Wood scored the goal with defenseman Jen Long adding an assist.
Penn State has won four-straight over the Leopards and holds a 13-1 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools. Lafayette's lone win was in 2003: an overtime 2-1 victory.
The Nittany Lions (5-4) come into the contest fresh off a 1-0 win against No. 19 Ohio State on Sunday. All four of PSU's losses this season have been dealt by ranked teams (No. 2 Maryland, No. 4 UConn, No. 3 North Carolina and No. 15 Princeton).
Penn State averages two goals per game while Lafayette averages 2.6. Both teams are stingy in allowing goals: 1.22 for Penn State, 1.5 for Lafayette. The Nittany Lions rank second in the nation in penalty corners per game (9.67), trailing California's 9.78.
After the Leopards' Wednesday matchup, Lafayette will return home for its Patriot League opener on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Bucknell.
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