March 16, 2013
The Vanderbilt women's lacrosse team returns to American Lacrosse Conference play this weekend, traveling to Happy Valley to take on No. 7 Penn State at Holuba Hall on Sunday, March 17, at 11 a.m. CT.
"We're excited to face our second conference opponent," VU Head Coach Cathy Swezey said. "We felt like we had a good game plan against Northwestern and executed it, but we're excited to get this second chance against a conference team, especially a ranked one.
"One of the things that also makes this game exciting for us is that they are also a young team. They don't have a lot of seniors in their starting lineup, and it may help to have that youth on both sides of the ball."
Both teams are looking to bounce back from losses to nationally ranked opponents. Vanderbilt fought back from a five-goal deficit to get within one of No. 8 Notre Dame on Wednesday before falling by a 12-11 tally. Senior Carly Linthicum, who ranks among the nation's leaders in goals scored, led the Commodores with four goals.
Penn State dropped a double-overtime match to No. 14 Cornell, 13-12, in midweek action. Eight different Nittany Lions scored goals against the Big Red. Penn State is led in scoring by Maggie McCormick, who was tallied 18 goals and 15 assists this season.
Last season in Nashville, Penn State rallied to defeat Vanderbilt, 12-11, in overtime, behind an 11-save performance from ALC Goalie of the Year Dana Cahill. Freshman Emi Smith is starting for the Nittany Lions this season, averaging 11.52 goals allowed per game in seven starts.
Following Sunday's contest, the Commodores will return to Nashville before making a mid-week trip back to the Keystone State to face Penn on Thursday, March 21.