Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/5/11
From Staff Reports
The Penn State men’s lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaking 6-5 triple-overtime defeat to visiting Ohio State (ranked No. 12) today despite big games from several Philly grads.
Freshman goaltender Austin Kaut (Springfield-Delco) was stellar in the loss, registering 16 saves, including three in overtime. Freshman attackman Shane Sturgis (Downingtown East) led the Penn State offense with two goals and one assist.
Also for Penn State (1-2), oft-injured attackman Jack Forster (La Salle) played in his first game in nearly two years.
For Ohio State (4-1), freshman face-off specialist Shawn Kaplan (Plymouth Whitemarsh) won 9 of 11 draws.
Penn State led by as much as 5-2 in the second half and led, 5-4, late in the game when a turnover gave the buckeyes possession. Logan Schuss (2G, 2A) then beat Kaut with :34 seconds on the clock, sending the game to overtime.
The three overtime periods saw several sustained offensive possessions from both sides, a number of clutch saves from Kaut, and a :30 second man-up opportunity that Penn State could not capitalize on.
It was the third overtime that would see the golden-goal however, as Schuss would find a loose ball in front of the Penn State goal, and bury it behind Kaut to seal the game for the Buckeyes, and give them their second overtime victory against the Lions in as many years, at the 3:18 mark of overtime number three.