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Undefeated @PennStateMLAX downs @NovaLacrosse, 17-12; freshman O’Keefe scores 8

Saturday, 25th February 2017

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/25/17
From Press Release

A six-goal run by Penn State to bridge the first and second quarters made the difference as Villanova (0-3) fell the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions (4-0) 17-12 on Saturday afternoon inside Villanova Stadium.

Grant Ament had 3G, 4A for Penn State (Photo for Phillylacrosse.com)

Freshman Mac O’Keefe had eight goals for the 9th-ranked Nittany Lions and sophmore linemate Grant Ament (Haverford School, Duke’s LC, Mesa Fresh) had three goals and four assists.

Graduate student Jack Curran lead the Wildcats with five points on four goals and one assist. Four goals tied his career high.

The Wildcats had eight penalties during the contest, prior to this game Villanova had one had one all year. Penn State scored on four of those extra man opportunities, two in the second quarter.

John Kluh got the Wildcats on the board first but then the Nittany Lions began their six goal run, O’Keefe who finished with all eight goals over the 12 minute streak. O’Keefe leads the country in goals scored per game this season.

The Wildcats got themselves back into the game scoring three goals in under three minutes. Kurtis Naslonski got the first on a pass from Jake Froccaro, next it was Timmy Hardy who found the back of the net, and Curran rounded out the run on a pass from Devin McNamara. O’Keefe would put a stop to the Villanova streak but Joey Froccaro was able to get one more Villanova goal before halftime on a pass from Curran to put the Wildcats only down two heading into intermission.

O’Keefe picked up right where he left off scoring the first goal of the second half but so did Curran who netted his second goal of the game on a man-up opportunity. Penn State Gerard Arceri, who would finished seven points on the day, scored his first goal on an unassisted drive.

Jared Nugent scored his first collegiate goal on a pass from McNamara at the 9:30 mark of the third quarter to bring Villanova within two. Penn State would score the next two goals before Curran scored his third goal of the game.

Penn State went on another three goal run to end the third quarter, Ament scored two and assisted on the other.

Villlanova fought back, starting off the fourth quarter with a three straight goals. Christian Cuccinello was able to find Curran in front of the net to start things off. Next it was Cuccinello himself who drove in and scored his first goal of the game. Devin McNamara from the top of the arch scored on a pass from Jake Froccaro to bring the Wildcats within three.

The Nittany Lion’s scored three more goals before the end of regulation and the Wildcats added one by Danny Seibel to make the final 17-12.

Nick Testa and Dan Willis (Moorestown) spilt time in goal, Testa played the first half and had three saves while Willis played the final 30 minutes and had seven. From the X Penn State’s Arceri won 17-of-32 Villanova would win 15. Jake Froccaro has the most about of success against Arceri he won 6-of-10 and had a team high eight ground balls.

Next the Wildcats will play their first road game at Drexel. Game time is set for 5:00 P.M. in Philadelphia.

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