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No. 2 @PennStateMLAX downs No. 6 @PennMensLax, 18-17, on O’Keefe’s OT goal

Sunday, 1st March 2020

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/1/20
From Press Release

Mac O’Keefe scored following an outstanding hustle play by Jack Kelly with 2:48 remaining in overtime to give No. 2 Penn State a thrilling 18-17 win over No. 6 Penn in a back-and-forth non-conference men’s lacrosse game Saturday at historic Franklin Field. The crowd was 2,103 despite cold and windy and sometimes sunny or even snowy conditions.

Penn State, which was playing a top-10 opponent for the second-straight game, improved to 4-1, while Penn dropped to 1-2. The Quakers two losses came by a combined three goals to teams ranked in the top-10 at the time of the games.

Gerard Arceri won the opening faceoff in overtime to give the Nittany Lions the first shot at the game-winning goal. A shot by Kelly was saved by Penn’s Patrick Burkinshaw but the goalie’s clearing pass went into the open field. Kelly sprinted back following his shot to pick up the ground ball despite being pulled down from behind and then found O’Keefe who finished from 10 yards out.

The overtime snipe was O’Keefe’s fourth goal of the game, giving him 186 for his career. He passed Johns Hopkins’ Terry Riordan (1992-95) for the Big Ten career record with his third goal of the contest.

The game featured four lead changes and seven ties. Penn State led 17-15 following Jack Traynor’s fourth goal of the game with 2:20 left in regulation, but the Quakers scored a pair of man-up goals in the final minute to send the game into overtime.

Penn State’s TJ Malone is defended by JoJo Biddle (Photos for

It was a game of runs early. Penn State took a quick 2-0 lead just 1:11 into the contest with goals by Kelly and Traynor (Malvern Prep). Penn responded with four-straight goals, but the Lions countered with five-straight goals of their own. Cole Willard started the run with his first goal of the season, while O’Keefe and Traynor added goals in the quarter. Traynor and Grant Ament (Haverford School) each found the back of the net to open the second quarter to give the Lions a three-goal lead. That would be their largest lead for the remainder of the game.

Kelly’s goal, which tied the game at 4-4, was one for the highlight reel. He picked up his own rebound in front of the goal and put in a no-look, between-the-legs shot.

Penn’s last lead came when Sean Lulley scored with seven seconds left in the third quarter to put the Quakers up 11-10. It didn’t last long as Penn State scored three goals to start the fourth quarter.

PSU’s Jack Traynor (Malvern Prep) had four goals

Colby Kneese, who made 18 saves, had a big play to help tie the game at 11-all early in the fourth. He made a save and immediately found a sprinting Nick Cardile (Avon Grove). The defenseman took it all the way for his second goal of the season. TJ Malone (Haverford School) followed with two goals in a span of 39 seconds to put the Lions up 13-11 with 11:22 remaining in regulation. They wouldn’t trail the rest of the way.

Eight Penn State players scored in the win, including four goals apiece by O’Keefe and Traynor. Ament, Kelly, Malone and Dylan Foulds all scored twice, while Cardile and Willard finished with one goal each.

For Penn, senior Adam Goldner (Malvern Prep) recorded his 100th career goal. He becomes the sixth player in program history to score 100 goals. With his second-quarter goal, he extended both his goal- and point-scoring streaks to 28 games dating back to the 2018 season.

Senior FOGO Kyle Gallagher won 26 of 39 faceoffs and collected 14 ground balls. His 26 faceoff wins were a career-high and he registered 14 or more ground balls for the third game in a row.

Junior Sean Lulley had a career-high eight points (2g/6a) for the Quakers. His six assists were also a career-high. He set a new career-best in points for the third game in a row.

Dylan Gergar set new career-highs in both goals (5) and points (6) on Saturday. He has nine goals and four assists through the team’s first three games this season. Jack Schultz had three goals and Drew Robshaw chipped in two markers of his own.

Senior Defender Kyle Thornton scored his first collegiate goal in the game. Keyveat Postell (Haverford School) had a goal and an assist.

Up next for the Lions is a neutral-site game against yet another top-10 opponent. They will take on No. 9 Cornell at the Crown Lacrosse Classic in Charlotte on Sunday, March 8, at 4 p.m.

Penn will join Villanova, Saint Joseph’s and Drexel for the Philly 4 Lacrosse Classic next Friday (at Penn) and Sunday (at Saint Joseph’s). The Quakers face the Wildcats at Franklin Field on Friday at 7:30 p.m., following the Drexel-Saint Joseph’s game which starts at 5 p.m. On Sunday, Penn heads to Hawk Hill and a true road game with the Hawks at 2:30 p.m., following the Villanova-Drexel clash at noon.

Penn’s Mark Evanchick defends Penn State’s Grant Ament (Haverford School)

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