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Men’s lacrosse: Penn State edges Lehigh, 8-7, in back-and-forth OT thriller

Saturday, 2nd April 2011

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Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/2/11
From Press releases

In a game of runs, the No. 20 Penn State men’s lacrosse team got an overtime goal by face-off man Danny Henneghan just four second seconds into the extra frame to claim an 8-7 non-conference victory today over host Lehigh.

The Nittany Lions are now 5-4 overall while Lehigh falls to 6-5.

“We didn’t make enough plays,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. “We had to make one or two more plays to solidify the win, but we didn’t do it. Credit Penn State; they kept playing hard and got the win.”

The game featured a standout battle of top goalies from Philly. Freshman Austin Kaut (Springfield-Delco) had 14 saves in the victory for Penn State, while Lehigh’s Dan Carr (Penn Charter) also was brilliant and tallied 16 saves.

Lehigh sophomores David DiMaria and Dante Fantoni put the Mountain Hawks ahead early, 2-0, with goals at 11:31 and 9:43 in the first period. A Shane Sturgis (Downingtown East) goal finally jump-started Penn State’s offense at the 8:30 mark to narrow the Lehigh lead to one goal, 2-1. Junior Jack Forster (La Salle) added another for the Nittany Lions with 1:44 left in the opening period to knot the game at 2-2.

The second period was all Penn State, as the team rattled off three more goals, stringing together a 5-0 run on Lehigh. The Nittany Lions took their first lead of the day at the 11:14 mark on Sturgis’ second goal of the afternoon, his team-leading 14th goal of the year.

Junior Matt Mackrides (Malvern Prep) got into the action when freshman Tom LaCrosse found him 8:34 before the half to make the score 4-2, Penn State. Nearly two minutes later, Penn State capitalized on a man-up situation for another goal when freshman Gavin Ahern put the feed from Sturgis in the back of the net to stretch the Nittany Lion lead to 5-2 on his third goal of the year.

The third period belonged to the Mountain Hawks, who held the Nittany Lions scoreless for the opening 15 minutes of the second half. Lehigh started its comeback at 11:20 with Cameron Lao-Gosney scoring off a Jonathan Stumpf assist and narrowing the Penn State lead to 5-3. The Mountain Hawks added another score when DiMariafound Fantoni with 5:04 remaining in the third. The equalizer came with 2:22 left in the period when Alex Drake scored on an assist from DiMaria.

The teams went into the final 15-minute period even at 5-5 with the momentum in Lehigh’s favor. The offensive onslaught continued for Lehigh in the fourth period. Fantoni’s third goal of the day signaled the first lead for the Mountain Hawks since the opening period. Cameron Lao-Gosney assisted on the goal. Roman Lao-Gosney adding his name to the scoring column on a goal with 8:34 remaining to play to stretch the LU lead to 7-5.

Penn State was not done, however, as LaCrosse scored on a Sturgis assist to shave the lead back to a one-goal Lehigh advantage, 7-6, at the 6:25 mark of the fourth period. With time ticking away, Penn State drew the game even again when Mackrides hit for his second goal of the day and 10th of the season to tie the game at 7-7.

“Give our guys credit for fighting back to make that third-quarter run,” said Cassese. “I think in the end, we ran out of gas. I was proud that we were able to rally, but am disappointed we relinquished the lead.”

Senior defenseman Richard Bradley enjoyed a second straight stellar game for Lehigh, registering four caused turnovers and three groundballs. Freshman Ty Souders (Emmaus) also tied a career high with four groundballs, to go with a caused turnover. It also marked Lehigh’s sixth straight game of holding its opponent scoreless for a stretch of at least 15 minutes.

Penn State 8, Lehigh 7

SCORING (Goal-Assist):
1st: LU 11:31 (David DiMaria), LU 9:43 (Dante Fantoni), PSU 8:30 (Shane Sturgis), PSU 1:44 (Jack Forster),
2nd: PSU 11:14 (Sturgis), PSU 8:34 (Matt Mackrides, Tom Lacrosse), PSU 6:39 (Gavin Ahern, Sturgis)
3rd: LU 11:20 (Cameron Lao-Gosney, Jonathan Stumpf), LU 5:04 (Fantoni, DiMaria), LU 2:22 (Alex Drake, DiMaria)
4th: LU 12:04 (Fantoni, C. Lao-Gosney), LU 8:34 (Roman Lao-Gosney), PSU 6:25 (LaCrosse, Strugis), PSU 1:38 (Mackrides)

OT: PSU 3:56 (Henneghan)

GROUNDBALLS: PSU 25 LU 38
MAN-UP OPPS: PSU 1-3, LU 1-3
SHOTS (SH-SOG): PSU 35-8, LU 35-7
FACE-OFFS: PSU 9-19, LU 10-19
GOALIE SUMMARY: PSU Austin Kaut (60:04, 14 SV, 7 GA), LU Dan Carr (60:04, 16 SV, 7 GA)

SCORE BY QUARTERS: 1 2 3 4 OT F
PENN STATE 2 3 0 2 1 8
LEHIGH 2 0 3 2 0 7
RECORDS: Penn State 5-4; Lehigh 6-5
ATTENDANCE: 885


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