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Men’s playoffs: Penn State hosts Towson today for CAA championship

Friday, 3rd May 2013

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Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/3/13
From Press Release

Ninth-ranked and top-seeded Nittany Lion men’s lacrosse will vie for the Colonial Athletic Association Championship title on Friday at 3 p.m. when it hosts fourth-seeded Towson at Penn State Lacrosse Field.

Penn State is riding a 10-game win streak following its first postseason win on Wednesday over UMass. Towson advanced to the final by defeating the No. 2 seed, Drexel. Both games will be streamed live on CAA.tv free of charge.

TICKETS & PARKING

Tickets for each session will be $8 for adults and $5 for students. Students from participating schools will receive free admission with a valid ID. Groups of 15 or more are $5 each at the gate.

Parking for the event will be free in Lot 44. Fans can access Lot 44 by using Dauer Drive off University Drive or Porter Road.

#9 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (12-3) vs. TOWSON TIGERS (9-7)

Game 16: May 3, 2013 // 3:00 p.m. // Penn State Lacrosse Field // University Park, Pa.

GAME DAY

VENUE:
Penn State Lacrosse Field (turf; 1,000)

STREAMING COVERAGE: CAAsports.tv

SERIES RECORD: 7-13

LAST MEETING: April 13, 2013; PSU 10-8 (at University Park, Pa.)

NEXT GAME: TBD; NCAA Selection Show, Sunday at 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

GAME NOTES

• Penn State looks for its first postseason title & 11th straight win vs. Towson

• PSU can clinch an automatic berth to NCAA tourney with CAA Championship title

• Nittany Lions swept the season-end CAA awards on Thursday

• Austin Kaut (Springfield-Delco) named Player & Defensive Player of the Year; Jeff Tambroni earned Coach of the Year; TJ Sanders garnered Rookie of the Year

• Penn State placed six on All-CAA First Team

• Towson defeated Drexel, 11-8, in CAA Semifinals on Wednesday

• The Nittany Lions defeated Towson, 10-8, in Happy Valley on April 13

• Shane Sturgis (Downingtown East) led the Lions with five points in win over UMass on Wednesday

• Jack Forster (La Salle) and TJ Sanders added two goals apiece vs. UMass

• Forster is riding a 27-game point streak dating back to Mar. 3, 2012

• Steven Bogert posted a seven-ground ball, five-caused turnover day vs. Minutemen

• Austin Kaut made 11 saves vs. UM and has .704 save percentage in last 10 games

HOW THEY GOT HERE

PENN STATE 10, UMASS 7

Shane Sturgis tallied five points on four goals and an assist as Penn State out-scored UMass 7-3 in the second half for a 10-7 win. PSU’s 5-0 run spanned the third and fourth quarters to overcome a 6-5 deficit and turn it into a 10-6 lead.

Steven Bogert led the Nittany Lions defensively with seven ground balls and five caused turnovers. Jack Forster and TJ Sanders each added two goals. Austin Kaut made 11 saves, while Grant Whiteway tallied a hat trick for the Minutemen.

TOWSON 11, DREXEL 8

The Towson Tigers jumped out to a six-goal lead in the second quarter and held off a furious Drexel rally to win, 11-8. Redshirt-freshman Ben McCarty struck for six goals, equaling his season output entering the contest. He tallied four of Towson’s last five goals. Andrew Hodgson netted two goals and Justin Mabus helped with three assists. Andrew Wascavage stopped 14 Drexel attempts. The Dragons were led by a five-point game from Robert Church (three goals, two assists), while Ben McIntosh added two goals of his own.

PENN STATE SWEEPS CAA AWARDS

Penn State swept the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association season awards on Thursday, May 2, taking each individual honor and placing six Nittany Lions on the All-CAA First Team. In all, nine members of the Nittany Lion lacrosse squad earned recognition by the league in a vote conducted by the coaches. Penn State placed six members on the All-CAA First Team, one on the second team and two on the rookie squad.

PENN STATE ALL-CAA HONORS

Coach of the Year: Jeff Tambroni
Player of the Year: Austin Kaut
Defensive Player of the Year: Austin Kaut
Rookie of the Year: TJ Sanders
All-CAA First Team: Jack Forster, Tom LaCrosse,
Steven Bogert, Danny Henneghan, Tyler Travis,
Austin Kaut

All-CAA Second Team: TJ Sanders

All-CAA Rookie Team: James Burke, TJ Sanders

SCOUTING THE TIGERS

Following a 0-3 start to the season, Towson has gone 9-4 since. The Tigers were 11-8 winners over No. 18 Drexel on Wednesday. Tiger ‘keeper Andrew Wascavage has an impressive .612 save percentage and an 8.87 GAA, saving 221 shots this year. The Tigers score 8.94 goals per game, while allowing 8.81 a contest. On offense, Thomas DeNapoli is Towson’s sniper, tallying 39 goals with 16 assists. Andrew Hodgson is next on the team in scoring with 22 tallies, while six of Ben McCarty’s 12 goals came against Drexel on Wednesday. Towson struggles taking faceoffs, winning just three of 22 against Drexel. Long-stick Patrick Conroy has taken the most (120) faceoffs, winning just 38.3 percent.

DeNapoli and John Fennessey were each named to the All-CAA First Team, while Hodgson and JoJo Ostrander were second-team honorees. Freshman Pat Conroy earned a spot on the all-rookie squad.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. TOWSON

All-Time Series 7-13

PSU Streak 3 wins

First Meeting 4/8/81, PSU 14-6

Last Meeting 4/13/13, PSU 10-8

Last PSU Win 4/13/13, 10-8

Last TOW Win 4/24/10, 10-9

Largest PSU Win 14-6, 4/8/81

Largest TOW Win 18-7, 4/1/87

PSU Goals vs. TOW 191-229

LAST FIVE MEETINGS VS. TOWSON

4/13/13 W 10-8 H

4/14/12 W 8-3 A

4/16/11 W 7-6 H

4/24/10 L 9-10 A

5/10/03* L 6-11 A

This is the second meeting in postseason play, as PSU fell 11-6 at Towson in the NCAA Tournament.

LAST TIME VS. TOWSON (April 13, 2013)

Buoyed by 1,037 fans and a five-goal showing from freshman TJ Sanders, the 11th-ranked Nittany Lions defeated Towson, 10-8, at Penn State Lacrosse Field on Saturday afternoon. Sanders shined and Jack Forster pitched in with four points on a goal and three assists in a battle of first-place Colonial Athletic Association teams.

Penn State (9-3, 4-0 CAA) won its seventh-straight game thanks to a 6-1 run spanning the second and third quarters for an 8-4 lead. Despite a spirited Towson (7-6, 3-1 CAA) comeback effort, a highlight-reel goal from Forster and Sanders’s fifth tally of the day staved off the Tiger attack.

Rounding out the Penn State attack was Shane Sturgis, who notched three points on two goals and an assist, while Nick Dolik had a two-point day with a goal and an assist. Austin Kaut won the battle of top goalkeepers, making nine saves. Towson’s Andrew Wascavage had 11 stops. The two netminders came into the game third and fourth in national save percentage, respectively.

NATION’S LONGEST ACTIVE WIN STREAK

Penn State is enjoying a 10-game winning streak, which is the longest in the nation entering Wednesday. Duke’s nine-game streak ended in the ACC Semifinals on Friday elevating Penn State to top of the list. The 10-game streak is the longest single-season win streak in PSU history and just one off the all-time mark. The 1991-92 teams strung together an 11-game win streak from April 20, 1991-April 11, 1992.

CHAMPIONSHIP HUNTING

The Nittany Lions captured their first outright regular season conference title on Saturday with a victory at Hofstra. Penn State’s only conference title in the NCAA Championship era (since 1971) came in 2005 when the Lions shared the ECAC title with Massachusetts. This is the third straight season the Nittany Lions have qualified for the CAA Championship. Penn State had never won a postseason game in NCAA or CAA tournament play before Wednesday.

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