Penn State Nittany Lions women's lacrosse

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Penn State Nittany Lions women's lacrosse
Penn State Athletics wordmark.svg
Founded1965
UniversityPennsylvania State University
Head coachMissy Doherty (since 2011 season)
StadiumPanzer Stadium
(capacity: 1,300)
LocationState College, Pennsylvania
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
NicknameNittany Lions
ColorsBlue and White[1]
         
NCAA Tournament championships
1987, 1989
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
1986, 1988
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2016, 2017
NCAA Tournament appearances
1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Conference Tournament championships
2015
Conference regular season championships
2013

The Penn State Nittany Lions women's lacrosse team is an NCAA Division I college lacrosse team representing Pennsylvania State University as part of the Big Ten Conference. They play their home games at Panzer Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.

Coach[edit]

The Nittany Lions have been coached by Missy Doherty since 2011. Doherty was a 1997 graduate of the University of Maryland, where she won 3 national titles and amassed a 68-2 record playing lacrosse there. She spent time as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt, Brown, and Princeton from 1998-2003, playing an important part of Princeton's back-to-back national titles in 2002 and 2003. In 2004 she became head coach at Towson, and the next year led the Tigers to their first NCAA tournament appearance in school history, which resulted in a one-goal loss to #5 Georgetown in the first round. Doherty's Tigers made three more appearances in 2008, 2009, and 2010 before she moved to State College in 2011 to coach the Nittany Lions. While at Towson she amassed a 79-46 record.

After a rebuilding 2011 season, Doherty led Penn State to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years in 2012, and the quarterfinal for the first time in thirteen years as well. Penn State has made seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances under her watch from 2012-18, including five quarterfinals and back-to-back Final Fours in 2016 and 2017.[2]

Historical statistics[edit]

Overall
Years of Lacrosse 54
1st Season 1965
Head Coaches 9
All-Time Record 537-263-5
Big Ten games
Big Ten season W-L record (Since 2015) 15–7
Big Ten Titles 0
Big Ten Tournament Titles 1
NCAA Tournament
NCAA Appearances 24
NCAA W-L record 23-22
Final Fours 11
Championship Games 4
NCAA National Championships 2

*Statistics through 2018 season

Individual career records[edit]

Reference:[3]

Record Number Player Years
Goals 271 Marsha Florio 1982-85
Assists 137 Maggie McCormick 2012-15
Points 380 Marsha Florio 1982-85
Draw Controls 278 Jenna Mosketti 2013-16
Saves 735 Lee Tortorelli 2002-05
Save % .725 Jody Field 1976-79
GAA 3.51 Jody Field 1976-79

Individual single-season records[edit]

Record Number Player Year
Goals 79 Marsha Florio 1985
Assists 51 Megan Smith 1990
Points 109 Marsha Florio 1985
Saves 219 Lee Tortorelli 2004
Save % .748 Jody Field 1979
GAA 3.10 Jody Field 1977

Seasons[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Unaffiliated (1965–1972)
1965 Margaret Fringer 2-1
1966 Virginia Harpster 0-1
1967 Virginia Harpster 0-3-1
1968 Ellen Perry 5-1
1969 Ellen Perry 1-5
1970 Ellen Perry 2-4
1971 Ellen Perry 1-5
1972 Ellen Perry 3-4-1
USWLA (South District) (1973–1980)
1973 Ellen Perry 3-5
1974 Gillian Rattray 7-1
1975 Gillian Rattray 8-2
1976 Gillian Rattray 8-1
1977 Gillian Rattray 9-1
1978 Gillian Rattray 14-0-1 USWLA National Champions
1979 Gillian Rattray 17-0 USWLA National Champions
1980 Gillian Rattray 14-1-2 USWLA National Champions
AIAW (1981–1982)
1981 Gillian Rattray 13-2 AIAW Fifth Place
1982 Gillian Rattray 14-3 AIAW Third Place
NCAA Division I (Independent) (1983–2001)
1983 Gillian Rattray 14-2 NCAA Semifinal
1984 Gillian Rattray 12-2 NCAA Quarterfinal
1985 Gillian Rattray 14-4 NCAA Semifinal
1986 Susan Delaney-Scheetz 16-2 NCAA Runner-up
1987 Susan Delaney-Scheetz 17-2 NCAA Champions
1988 Susan Delaney-Scheetz 15-4 NCAA Runner-up
1989 Susan Delaney-Scheetz 19-1 NCAA Champions
1990 Julie Williams 13-5 NCAA Quarterfinal
1991 Julie Williams 14-4 NCAA Semifinal
1992 Julie Williams 11-5 NCAA Quarterfinal
1993 Julie Williams 11-5 NCAA Quarterfinal
1994 Julie Williams 9-6
1995 Julie Williams 12-6 NCAA Semifinal
1996 Julie Williams 11-5 NCAA Quarterfinal
1997 Julie Williams 10-6 NCAA Quarterfinal
1998 Julie Williams 10-8
1999 Julie Williams 15-5 NCAA Semifinal
2000 Karen Schnellenbach 8-9
2001 Suzanne Isidor 8-10 NCAA First Round
NCAA Division I (American Lacrosse Conference) (2002–2014)
2002 Suzanne Isidor 8-9 4-2
2003 Suzanne Isidor 9-8 5-1
2004 Suzanne Isidor 6-11 3-3
2005 Suzanne Isidor 12-5 5-1 2nd NCAA First Round
2006 Suzanne Isidor 8-8 4-1 2nd
2007 Suzanne Isidor 9-8 0-4 5th
2008 Suzanne Isidor 5-12 0-4 5th
2009 Suzanne Isidor 9-8 2-2 T-2nd
2010 Suzanne Isidor 10-7 1-4 T-4th
2011 Missy Doherty 10-8 3-2 T-2nd
2012 Missy Doherty 12-7 3-2 3rd NCAA Quarterfinal
2013 Missy Doherty 14-7 4-1 T-1st NCAA Quarterfinal
2014 Missy Doherty 10-8 3-3 T-3rd NCAA First Round
NCAA Division I (Big Ten Conference) (2015–present)
2015 Missy Doherty 16-5 4-1 2nd NCAA Quarterfinal
2016 Missy Doherty 14-7 3-2 T-2nd NCAA Semifinal
2017 Missy Doherty 17-4 5-1 2nd NCAA Semifinal
2018 Missy Doherty 10-10 3-3 3rd NCAA First Round
Total: 537-263-5 (.671)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Postseason Results[edit]

The Nittany Lions have appeared in 24 NCAA tournaments. Their postseason record, not counting third place games, is 23-22.[4]

Year Seed Round Opponent Score
1983 -- Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Third Place
Penn
Delaware
Massachusetts
W, 12-2
L, 5-7
W, 7-6 (ot)
1984 -- Quarterfinal Delaware L, 9-10
1985 -- Semifinal Maryland L, 11-12 (3ot)
1986 -- Semifinal
Final
Temple
Maryland
W, 8-7
L, 10-11
1987 -- Semifinal
Final
Virginia
Temple
W, 14-9
W, 7-6
1988 -- Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Northwestern
Lafayette
Temple
W, 12-6
W, 8-6
L, 7-15
1989 -- Semifinal
Final
Temple
Harvard
W, 9-3
W, 7-6
1990 -- Quarterfinal Temple L, 4-9
1991 -- Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Lafayette
Virginia
W, 11-9
L, 5-10
1992 -- Quarterfinal Virginia L, 5-11
1993 -- Quarterfinal Princeton L, 7-11
1995 -- Quarterfinal
Semifinal
James Madison
Maryland
W, 11-7
L, 7-12
1996 -- Quarterfinal Princeton L, 9-13
1997 -- Quarterfinal Maryland L, 2-6
1999 -- First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
West Chester
#4 Princeton
#1 Maryland
W, 23-7
W, 9-7 (ot)
L, 13-17
2001 #13 First Round #4 Dartmouth L, 7-9
2005 #7 First Round North Carolina L, 6-7 (3ot)
2012 -- First Round
Quarterfinal
#8 Towson
#1 Florida
W, 15-8
L, 2-15
2013 #7 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinal
Canisius
Massachusetts
#2 Northwestern
W, 14-13
W, 12-9
L, 7-15
2014 -- First Round Princeton L, 13-16
2015 -- First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinal
Johns Hopkins
#7 Virginia
#2 North Carolina
W, 14-11
W, 13-11
L, 8-11
2016 -- First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Winthrop
#2 Florida
#7 Penn
#3 North Carolina
W, 16-6
W, 14-13 (ot)
W, 8-4
L, 11-12
2017 #4 Second Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
James Madison
#5 Princeton
#1 Maryland
W, 19-14
W, 14-12
L, 10-20
2018 -- First Round Penn L, 14-15 (2ot)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Penn State Artwork (PDF). November 6, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "Missy Doherty Bio". Go PSU Sports. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "Penn State Women's Lacrosse 2017 Yearbook" (PDF). Go PSU Sports. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Division I Women's Lacrosse 2017 Championships Records Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved October 26, 2017.

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