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  The Digital Collegian - Published independently by students at Penn State
[ Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999 ]

Field hockey gives hoot about No.1, plays Owls

Collegian Staff Writer

For the first time this season, the Penn State field hockey team is preparing for a game while trying to forget the painful memories of a loss.

The No. 1 Lady Lions will travel to Philadelphia for a matchup with Temple, 3:30 p.m. today at Geasey Field. For the Lions (5-1), the City of Brotherly Love brings an opportunity to move past the stunning 1-0 upset at the hands of No. 6 Connecticut last Friday. The loss ended Penn State's 25-game winning streak at home.

"I think that's the big question mark right now," Penn State senior Mandy Robinson said. "If we come back and recover from a loss like this and use it as a learning experience, then it just makes us a stronger team."

Penn State is tuning up for the start of the Big Ten schedule this weekend. The Lions will be the road for conference matchups with Northwestern and Iowa.

Lowly Temple (1-5) has struggled offensively this season, scoring only two goals in six games and barely registering six shots on goal per game. Those two goals have been scored by senior Jill Pomateer, who has shown a knack of getting the ball past the goalkeeper, although she is averaging less than a shot per game.

Defense has not been any better for the Owls, which allow 16 shots on goal a game. Their goalkeeper, Serene McGrath, has been very busy, making 61 saves and registering a 2.96 goals-against average.

"We have to play very well," Temple coach Lauren Fuchs said.

The Lions have been almost a complete opposite of the Owls this season, scoring saves and providing redshirt freshman goalkeeper Heidi Leuchte with a solid defensive wall. They have outscored their opponents 21-4, attacking the opposing goalkeeper with multiple offensive weapons.

Three different Penn State players have reached double digits in points. Junior Maegan Galie leads the way with four goals and six assists, while senior Traci Anselmo has scored six goals. Senior Tracey Larson has scored two goals and added nine assists, doubling her assist total from last year.

In goal, Leuchte seems to have surpassed all expectations from the preseason, dominating her position and posting a 0.73 goals-against average.

On paper, it looks like a huge advantage for the Lions. But if they play in frustration from the Connecticut game, the Owls could surprise them.

Fortunately for the Lions, the players seem ready to move on.

"It's a long season," Leuchte said. "I think we'll learn a big lesson from it."

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