Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/12/11
From Press Releases
Freshman Shane Sturgis (Downingtown East) had four goals and an assist to spark the Penn State men’s lacrosse team to an 11-6 win over No. 19 Rutgers today.
Sturgis was only one of many Philly players that helped the Nittany Lions improve to 2-3 and drop the Scarlet Knights to 4-1.
Colton Vosburgh (Unionville) had three goals, Jack Forster (La Salle) had two goals and Matt Mackrides (Malvern Prep) added one. Meanwhile, freshman goalie Austin Kaut (Springfield-Delco) made 15 saves and defenseman Matt Bernier (Malvern Prep) scooped six groundballs and had two turnovers.
Forster’s output gave him three goals in three games since making an amazing return from his fourth knee surgery.
Rutgers (4-1) goalie Joe Donnelly (Radnor) made six saves and allowed six goals before being replacced in the second half.
Sturgis’ five-point burst helped Penn State offset an early Rutgers lead. The Scarlet Knights scored the game’s first two goals quickly, getting scores from Andrew D’Agostino and Scott Klimchak in the first three minutes of play.
Senior Vosburgh got Penn State back into the game quickly, however, netting unassisted goals with 8:27 and 6:52 on the clock to tie the game. Penn State took its first lead off a Gavin Ahern, with an assist from Kyle VanThof, with 1:49 left in the opening period.
Rutgers’ Duncan Clancy tied the game with just :35 left in the period but Penn State junior Forster took a VanThof pass and scored with just :12 left on the clock to put Penn State up 4-3 at the end of the period.
Vosburgh scored his third goal of the game off a Sturgis assist with 1:42 on the clock and Forster netted his second off a Mackrides pass to give Penn State a 6-3 lead with just over 10:00 left in the half.
Rutgers cut into Penn State’s lead when Michael Diehl scored with 1:01 left, sending the Nittany Lions into intermission with a 6-4 lead.
Rutgers was able to control play for much of the third period and completed a comeback with two Anthony Terranova goals, one with 9:32 left and one with 1:49 on the clock. Terranova’s second goal tied the game at 6-6, erasing a three-goal Penn State lead.
But Sturgis took over with just :05 left in the third period, scoring an unassisted goal to give Penn State a 7-6 lead, a lead it would never relinquish.
Sturgis ended the game by scoring four of Penn State’s last five goals (including the final goal of the third period). He scored at the 11:51 mark and then again four minutes later with 8:11 left.
Mackrides notched an unassisted goal with 5:58 to play and Sturgis iced the contest with an unassisted goal at the 3:12 mark to close out the scoring in the game.
Rutgers outshot Penn State 39-27, but Penn State owned a 22-21 shot on goal edge. The Nittany Lions won 12 of 21 face-offs and forced Rutgers into 17 turnovers (while committing only 15 themselves). Rutgers won the ground balls battle 38-32.
The Nittany Lions connected on one of five man-up opportunities while hold Rutgers scoreless on five attempts.
GAME SUMMARY: Penn State 11, Rutgers 6
1st: RU 12:56 (D’Agostino), RU 12:00 (Klimchak), PSU 8:27 (Vosburgh), PSU 6:52 (Vosburgh), PSU 1:49 (Ahern, VanThof), RU 0:35 (Clancy), PSU 0:12 (Forster, VanThof)
2nd: PSU 10:42 (Vosburgh, Sturgis), PSU 10:34 (Forster, Mackrides), RU 1:01 (Diehl)
3rd: RU 9:32 (Terranova, Clancy), RU 1:49 (Terranova), PSU :05 (Sturgis)
4th: PSU 11:51 (Sturgis), PSU 8:11 (Sturgis), PSU 5:58 (Mackrides), PSU 3:12 (Sturgis)
GROUNDBALLS: PSU 32, RU 38 MAN-UP OPPS: PSU 1-5, RU 0-5
SHOTS (SH-SOG): PSU 27-22, RU 39-21 FACE-OFFS: PSU 12-21, RU 9-21
TURNOVERS: PSU 15, RU 17
GOALIE SUMMARY: PSU Austin Kaut (60:00, 15 SV, 6 GA); RU Joseph Donnelly (19:26, 6 SV, 6 GA), Rudy Butler (40:34, 5 SV, 5 GA)
SCORE BY QUARTERS: 1 2 3 4 F
PENN STATE 4 2 1 4 11
RUTGERS 3 1 2 0 6