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[ Monday, Sept. 13, 1999 ]

Field hockey gets two more wins

Collegian Staff Writer

Char Morett once described this Lady Lions' season as rebuilding.

Maybe the Penn State field hockey coach meant reloading.

The Lions (4-0), No. 6 in Sports Illustrated's preseason poll, continued to shoot for the top in Norfolk, Va. this weekend, defeating No. 2 Old Dominion 5-1 and No. 9 Northeastern 5-0.

Penn State has beaten three top-10 opponents in the past week. On Sept. 5, Penn State won 1-0 against No. 3 North Carolina.

PHOTO: Corrine Couler
PHOTO: Corrine Couler
Senior Mandy Robinson takes a shot in the Lady Lions game against UNC Sept. 5. The Lions remain undefeated after winning two games this weekend.

The Lions began the weekend by knocking off host-team Old Dominion (4-1, 2-0 CAA) on Saturday. Last week's Div. I Player of the Week Traci Anselmo continued her solid play, scoring two goals. She has notched five tallies and 10 points so far this season.

Co-captain Tracey Larson assisted both Anselmo goals, along with junior Maegan Galie. Galie also chipped in with another assist and two goals.

Redshirt freshman Heidi Leuchte put in another strong performance in goal with nine saves.

"Heidi just played great," Morett said.

Down 3-1 with 12:47 remaining in the game, the Monarchs tried to add to their offense by pulling goalkeeper Mary Beth Freeman, and adding another attacker.

The Lions responded two minutes later, however, as sophomore Kiley Kulina scored her second goal of the year. Anselmo's second goal of the game came with 3:33 remaining in the contest, and the Monarchs returned Freeman to goal less than a minute later.

The Lions continued their domination the following day against 0-4 Northeastern.

Barely 11 minutes into the game, Penn State already had a 3-0 lead. Galie scored two goals and an assist and sophomore Meredith Shulzitski added her second goal of the season.

Late in the first half, Kulina scored to give the Lions a 4-0 lead at halftime. Larson scored her first goal of the year late in the second half to close out the scoring.

Leuchte, the apparent winner of a preseason goalkeeper race, made five saves to record her second shutout of the year.

"She had an awesome weekend," Morett said. "When your goalie plays well, that's a huge plus for you."

Galie, the Big Ten's second leading scorer last season, had one assist to her name before this weekend. She now leads the team in scoring with 13 points.

"Maegan had to step up," Morett said. "She worked harder this weekend and scored some beautiful goals."

For a team that began the season with plenty of question marks, Penn State appears to be playing above expectations. With the first official National Field Hockey Coaches Association Poll set to be released tomorrow, the Lions may find themselves at No. 1.

But Morett is not ready to make travel arrangements for the NCAA Tournament just yet.

"It's too early as far as seeing how good these kids really are," Morett said, "but we do have great team speed and solid goaltending."

The Lions will next host West Chester (2-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bigler Athletic Complex, before hosting No. 4 Connecticut at 6 p.m. Friday.

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