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[ Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999 ]

Sophomore Kulina guiding No. 4 PSU to success

Collegian Staff Writer

While teammates Tracey Larson and Traci Anselmo have drawn much of the attention, sophomore Kiley Kulina quietly has become an offensive threat for the Penn State field hockey team.

Kulina has scored four goals in the last three games to raise her goal output to eight. Her 17 points rank fourth for the No. 4 Lady Lions (10-2, 3-1 Big Ten) behind Larson, Anselmo and junior Maegan Galie.

Kulina's production is a far cry from last year, where she scored only one goal off the bench.

She spent some time in the spring and summer with the U.S. Under-20 Team, scoring two goals in Argentina in early March and competing in the Four-Nation Tournament held mid-June in Vancouver, Canada.

"I think it helped me with having confidence in myself," Kulina said of her international experiences. "Last year, when I did get in the game, I was nervous."

Top 10 rundown

No. 1 Connecticut (11-0) remained at the top spot in the votes, following wins last weekend against Northeastern and Massachusetts. Amy Herz and Katie Stephens contributed with two goals apiece.

The Huskies gathered 24 of the 27 first-place votes.

Maryland went up a spot to No. 2 after beating No. 8 Virginia 3-2 on Saturday. The Terrapins' nine-game winning streak is the sixth longest in team history.

The only other undefeated team in the rankings, No. 3 Iowa, improved to 10-0 with victories against Northwestern and Southwest Missouri State last weekend. It received the remaining three first-place votes.

Dropping down three spots to No. 5, North Carolina suffered its second loss of the season on Saturday, getting shut out 2-0 by No. 7 Wake Forest.

Staying at No. 6, Old Dominion went on the road to defeat No. 13 Boston and St. Joseph's last weekend. Old Dominion's Marina DiGiacomo scored four goals in the 12-1 win against St. Joseph's.

No. 7 Wake Forest broke into the top 10 with its victory against North Carolina. The Demon Deacons also beat William & Mary 3-2 on Sunday.

Despite the loss to Maryland, Virginia remained at No. 8.

After splitting its weekend action with a win at Ohio State and a loss at Penn State, Michigan managed to move up a spot to No. 9.

James Madison, the Lions opponent Friday, was shafted for its wins last weekend against Drexel and Delaware by being dropped down a spot to No. 10.

Big Ten race

Penn State's 2-1 win against Michigan last Sunday improved its conference record to a near-perfect mark of 3-1.

But with Iowa's 2-1 win at Northwestern on Friday, the Lions are good enough for second place in the Big Ten. Iowa leads the conference with a 3-0 record.

The Lions' victory against Michigan pushed the Wolverines down to third with a 2-1 record.

While posting a 7-0 non-conference record, conference wins have not come easy for Ohio State (2-2).

Although Michigan State's No. 15 ranking suggests it is a national powerhouse, the Spartans have not played like one in the Big Ten, losing all three of their conference matchups.

The apparent doormat of the Big Ten, Northwestern, is 0-3 in the conference. The only team in the Big Ten with a losing record, the Wildcats will head north to Michigan State and Michigan this weekend, riding a one-game winning streak.

In other conference play this weekend, Ohio State visits Penn State and Iowa travels to Michigan and Michigan State.

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