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The Nittany Lions dropped a hard-fought 7-4 game at Rutgers on Saturday.
March 13, 2010
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -
The Penn State Nittany Lion lacrosse team lost a close 7-4 game at Rutgers in non-conference lacrosse action. In a game delayed over two hours due to weather, the Scarlet Knights broke open a close game with a four-goal burst in the third period to seal the win.
With high winds, lightning and driving rain, Rutgers got on the board first when Gerhard Buehning scored at the 12:09 mark. The Nittany Lions answered with a man-up goal from Billy Gribbin (Rockville, Md.) off a Matthew Mackrides (Newtown Square, Pa.) assist with just 1:37 left in the period. The Scarlet Knights opened up a 3-1 lead in the second off goals from Adam Goldberg and Michael Diehl. Mackrides and Gribbin reversed roles for another Lion goal at the 6:50 mark with Mackrides scoring off a Gribbin assist, cutting Rutgers' lead to 3-2 at the break.
Penn State tied the game early in the third quarter, with Gribbin scoring off a Chris Hogan (Wyckoff, N.J.) assist at the 11:43 mark. But the Scarlet Knights would put the game away with three straight goals to close out the third period. Buehning, Ted Stanwick, Kory Kelly and Diehl each scored, giving RU a 7-3 lead after three periods. Penn State got the only goal of the fourth period, with Hogan scoring off a Billy Lloyd (West Chester, Pa.) assist with 6:22 left in the game.
Rutgers outshot Penn State 35-25 while Penn State won 10 of 13 face-offs. Three of Penn State's four goals were in man-up situations while the Nittany Lions shut RU out on five different man-up situations. Nittany Lion goalie Dave Baker (Havertown, Pa.) had seven saves in the game while Rutgers' Rudy Butler had 11.
Penn State is now 0-5 on the year while Rutgers stands at 3-1. The Nittany Lions will visit No. 10 Duke next Saturday, March 20, at 1 p.m.
GAME SUMMARY: Penn State 4, Rutgers 7
1st: RU 12:09 (Buehning, Pennington), PSU 1:37 (Gribbin, Mackrides)
2nd: RU 11:03 (Goldberg, Burnhard), RU 9:59 (Diehl), PSU 6:50 (Mackrides, Gribbin)
3rd: PSU 11:43 (Gribbin, Hogan), RU 10:43 (Buehning), RU 8:41 (Stanwick, Pennington), RU 4:34 (Kelly, Pennington), RU 2:09 (Diehl)
4th: PSU 6:22 (Hogan, Lloyd)
GROUNDBALLS: PSU 19, RU 20 MAN-UP OPPS: PSU 3-7, RU 0-5
SHOTS (SH-SOG): PSU 25-15, RU 35-14 -- FACE-OFFS: PSU 10-13, RU 3-13
GOALIE SUMMARY: PSU Dave Baker (60:00, 7 SV, 7 GA); RU Rudy Butler (60:00, 11 SV, 4 GA)
SCORE BY QUARTERS: 1 2 3 4 F
PENN STATE 1 1 1 1 4
RUTGERS 1 2 4 0 7
RECORDS: Penn State 0-5, Rutgers 3-1
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