Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/18/23
From Press Release
Philly grads made huge contributions as the Penn State men’s lacrosse team returned home to Panzer Stadium with a 17-12 victory over Stony Brook on Saturday.
TJ Malone (Haverford School) led the Lions with four goals and two assists and Jack Traynor (Malvern Prep) had two goals and two assists. Jake Morin (Garnet Valley) added two goals and an assist while Mac Costin (Haverford School) and Matt Traynor (Malvern Prep) each scored once. On defense, Ryan O’Connor (Springfield-Delco) had two groundballs and two caused turnovers while Pup Buono (Malvern Prep) had two groundballs and one caused turnover.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Stony Brook started off the game with three straight goals to take an early 3-0 lead with 12:29 remaining in the first quarter.
Penn State countered with four unanswered goals including two by TJ Malone to put Penn State ahead 4-3 with 5:28 remaining in the quarter.
The Nittany Lions added a pair of goals in the closing minutes to take a 6-4 lead after one quarter.
Stony Brook opened the second quarter with a goal by Noah Armitage followed by a three-goal barrage by Penn State with goals from Kevin Winkoff, Ethan Long and Jack Traynor to put Penn State ahead 9-5.
Penn State and Stony Brook each added a pair of goals in the quarter to make the score 11-7 Penn State after the first half.
Penn State countered every Stony Brook goal in the second half as Morin tacked on two goals in the half to help secure the 17-12 victory.
Jack Fracyon allowed 12 goals on 26 shots to improve his record to 2-1 on the year.
STATS AND NOTES
Malone tallied his 12th career hat-trick and first four-goal game of the year.
Six Nittany Lions tallied at least two goals.
Chase Mullins went 14-26 in the faceoff circle.
The Nittany Lions have won three straight games against the Seawolves.
Penn State improves to 2-1 on the year.
Penn 9, Georgetown 7
The No. 10 Quakers led by three goals at halftime and despite getting outscored in the second half, hung on for a victory over No. 8 Georgetown Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field in the season opener.
Junior Cam Rubin scored four goals off the bench to lead the attack while sophomore Emmet Carroll made 18 saves in net.
With the victory, the Quakers improve to 1-0 while the Hoyas fall to 0-2 to start the season.
*Penn wins its season-opener for the first time since 2018, a 12-9 win over Michigan at Franklin Field.
*The Quakers win their first-ever game against the Hoyas in a series that dates back to 1993. Georgetown beat Penn, 10-8, at Franklin Field in last season’s opener.
*James H. Greene, Jr. Head Coach Mike Murphy won his 90th career game at Penn.
*With four against the Hoyas on Saturday, Cam Rubin notched his most goals in a game since scoring seven against Princeton on Mar. 19, 2022.
*Goalkeeper Emmet Carroll made a career-high 18 saves for the Quakers, the most by a Penn keeper since Patrick Burkinshaw’s 20 stops against Brown in the Ivy League Semifinals on May 6, 2022.
*Seniors James Shipley and Dylan Gergar both led the team with two assists.
*Ethan Till led Penn with three caused turnovers, while Peter Blake had three ground balls to lead the team.
*Senior Sam Handley finished with two points on one goal and one assist, extending his point streak to 34 straight games. Handley has at least one point in all 34 games he’s appeared in wearing the Red and Blue.
*Gergar extended his point-scoring streak to 24 straight games, while extending his goal-scoring streak to 24 in a row as well, notching 80 goals during that stretch.
*Penn out-shot Georgetown, 39-37 in the contest and led on faceoffs, 11-9. The Quakers converted on three extra-man opportunities.
How It Happened
Penn scored the first two goals of the contest by way of Robert Schain (from Dylan Gergar) and Sam Handley to take an early 2-0 lead.
Georgetown scored its first of the game with 2:25 to go in the first quarter on an extra-man opportunity and the Quakers quickly answered with Cam Rubin’s first goal of the game just 23 seconds later, extending the advantage to 3-1.
The Hoyas notched two in a row to tie the game at 3-3 with 11:27 to play in the second quarter as Rubin reeled off three of the next four goals (with Griffin Scane’s first career strike sandwiched in) to hand Penn a 7-3 lead in the opening stages of the third quarter.
After just one goal each from both teams in the third quarter, the Hoyas started out the fourth with a goal that made it 7-5.
Dylan Gergar scored his first of the season with 12:32 to play in the final frame to put the Quakers up 8-5.
Now under six minutes to go, Graham Bundy, Jr. brought Georgetown back within two while Tucker Dordevic tallied another with 50 seconds remaining to make it 8-7.
With 23 seconds on the clock, Ben Smith put away a shot from Handley that sealed the contest as Penn came away with a 9-7 victory.