March 20, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - The Vanderbilt women's lacrosse team returns to the Keystone State Thursday for a 1:30 p.m. CT matchup with Penn at Franklin Field.
Over the weekend, Vanderbilt lost a high-scoring affair at American Lacrosse Conference rival Penn State. That game marked VU's second-highest offensive output of the 2013 campaign (14 goals), but saw VU's opponent register a season-high in goals against the Commodores (20). Vanderbilt is looking to get back to winning form against the Quakers, who are 0-3 this season in non-conference play.
"Although Penn may not be off to the start that they normally have, you can never overlook them," VU Head Coach Cathy Swezey said. "They always field a great team and they're well-coached. Our approach has to be that every time we step on the field we have a chance to break something out."
Penn has won its last two games in Ivy League play over Harvard and Yale. The Quakers, led in scoring by freshman Iris Williamson, have won six consecutive Ivy League championships.
Vanderbilt is paced offensively by senior Carly Linthicum, who leads the ALC and ranks fourth nationally in goals per game (3.89). Linthicum has scored multiple goals in all nine games this year, including four or more goals in each of Vanderbilt's last three outings.
"Everybody in the country right now is aware of who Carly Linthicum is and what she's been doing for our program, despite our losses," Swezey said. "She is seeing the best matchups day-in and day-out. She's being doubled very early, and she's still putting up four goals a game. We're just so pleased to see her having the senior year she's having."
Thursday's game marks the first meeting between Vanderbilt and Penn. The Quakers are Vanderbilt's first Ivy League opponent of the season. The Commodores will play host to Stanford on Tuesday, March 26.