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Women's lacrosse National Player of the Week (Feb. 13): Natalie Sulmonte, Towson

Towson attacker-midfielder Natalie Sulmonte
Towson attacker-midfielder Natalie Sulmonte (Courtesy of Towson University)

Natalie Sulmonte, Towson

Levittown, N.Y., junior, attack-midfield

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The top returning scorer for the Tigers led them to the biggest upset in program history Saturday with three goals and three assists in a 14-13 win over then-No. 4 Penn State. Towson had never beaten Penn State, which has reached the past two final fours. The win is also believed to be the program first over a top-five opponent. In the season opener for both teams, Sulmonte sparked the host Tigers to a fast start with three goals and two assists as they built an 11-5 halftime lead. She also assisted on the 13th goal and won her fourth draw of the game to help set up the game-winner before Towson held off a late Nittany Lions rally. With the win, the Tigers rose from No. 20 to No. 11 in this week’s Inside Lacrosse media poll. A first-team All Colonial Athletic Association selection last season and the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2016, Sulmonte has moved into ninth place on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list with 147 points.

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