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#16 Womenıs Lacrosse Falls to # 10 Penn State, 9-7

March 10, 1999
NASHVILLE - Kristin Ehst had four goals and Emily Lough made 15 saves, but it was not enough as the #16 Vanderbilt women's lacrosse team fell 9-7 to #10 Penn State on Wednesday in Nashville. Colleen O'Brian score four goals, Emily Mecham had three and an assist, Jen Johnson scored twice and added an assist, and Megan Ames made seven saves for the victorious Lions (2-1).

Vanderbilt led 6-4 at halftime, courtesy of Ehst's four goals, and one apiece from Kinsey Osberg and Kelly Sloan. But, the Commodores could only manage one goal in the second half of play, that by April Tellam (who also added four assists) with 3:03 to go.

"It was very unfortunate," said Commodore head coach Cathy Swezey. "We lost our composure and became a bit too complacent. Penn State was determined to get the goals, and they came back and won the game. We only had one goal in the second half. That tells a bit of the story."

Vanderbilt was not without its chances in the second half however. VU had seemed to take a 7-6 lead early in the second half when Amanda Rice took her home rebound off the post and put it in the back of the net. Unfortunately, the goal was called back on one of six crease violation calls against the Commodores in the game.

"We had six attack players cross the crease-line," said Swezey. "That's six goals called back. You have to keep your composure, and make smart moves to the goal so that you don't wind up in the crease on your shot."

Vanderbilt (1-2) will travel to Denver on Friday to play the Denver Pioneers at 5 p.m. CT. The Commodores return home on Tuesday for a matchup with George Mason at 3 p.m.

Penn State 4-5= 9
Vanderbilt 6-1= 7
Goals: VU- Ehst (4), Osberg (1), Tellam (1), Sloan (1). PSU- O'Brian (4), Mecham (3), Johnson (2).
Assists: VU- Tellam (4), Legath (1). PSU- Ford (1), Johnson (1), Mecham (1).
Total Shots: VU- 21, PSU- 35.
Goalkeeping: VU- Emily Lough (60 mins., 9 GA, 15 Svs.) PSU- Megan Ames (60 mins., 7 GA, 7 Svs.)
Cards: VU- DiStefano (yellow at 2:12 of the 2nd half)
Weather: Overcast, 50
Attendance: 50.

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