Men's Lacrosse Edges Out No. 14 Ohio State 9-7
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., February 19, 2005 -The No. 21 ranked Penn State men's lacrosse team (1-0, 0-0) held Ohio State (0-1, 0-0) to one goal in the second half to close out a 9-7 victory in front of 800 fans at Holuba Hall. Junior attackman Nate Whitaker (Great Falls, Va.) tallied three goals in the game while sophomore midfielder Patrick Heim (Wayne, Pa.) finished with two goals and one assist.
The Buckeyes jumped to a quick 3-0 lead in the first quarter, which included an extra-man goal from Gary Bining. Penn State retaliated with three consecutive goals to tie the game heading into the second quarter. Senior captain Will Jones (Annapolis, Md.) notched the first goal of the season for Penn State at the 4:53 mark. Just ten seconds later, junior midfielder Greg Gurenlain (Springfield, Pa.) won the ensuing face-off and scored an unassisted goal to cut the Ohio State lead to one. Senior midfielder Will Cutler (Vienna, Va.) ended the period scoring an extra-man goal on an assist from Heim to even the score at 3-3.
The Nittany Lions were shut-out in the second quarter while giving up three OSU goals. Buckeye Josh Wittenberg found the back of the net at the 9:05 mark to put the Buckeyes up by one. Craig Nolan then scored on an extra-man opportunity followed by a goal from Ben Wolff to give Ohio State a 6-3 advantage at halftime.
Penn State returned the favor in the third quarter shutting-out Ohio State 3-0. Heim and Jones both tallied unassisted goals nine minutes apart to cut the score to 6-5. Whitaker then scored his first goal of the game on an assist from Gurenlain to tie the score at 6-6 heading into the final fifteen minutes. Senior goalkeeper Josh LaGrow (Skaneateles, N.Y.) stopped 13 Ohio State shots in the period while collecting two ground balls.
The Lions came out strong in the fourth quarter scoring three goals. Whitaker found the back of the net less than three minutes into the period to put Penn State up 7-6. Both teams then traded extra-man goals before Whitaker sealed the victory with his third goal of the day, unassisted, with 2:58 remaining
LaGrow played all 60:00 minutes finishing with ten saves. OSU goalkeeper Bill Curry also played the entire match in his first career start finishing with 12 saves. The win for the Lions marks the ninth consecutive victory over Ohio State bringing the all-time series record to 9-0.
GOAL - (ASSISTS): PSU 1st quarter- Will Jones, Greg Gurenlain, Will Cutler - (Patrick Heim); 2nd quarter- no scoring; 3rd quarter- Patrick Heim, Will Jones, Nate Whitaker - (Greg Gurenlain); 4th quarter- Nate Whitaker - (Chris Gannet), Patrick Heim - (Max Van Arsdale), Nate Whitaker.
OSU 1st quarter- Justin Doran, Gary Bining, Andrew Bender; 2nd quarter- Josh Wittenberg, Craig Nolan - (Jason Bloom), Ben Wolff - (Josh Wittenberg); 3rd quarter- no scoring; 4th quarter-Kyle Olson - (Tom Randisi)
SAVES: PSU: Josh LaGrow (60:00 minutes, 7 goals allowed, 10 saves)
OSU: Bill Curry (60:00 minutes, 9 goals allowed, 12 saves)
GROUNDBALLS: PSU, 31: OSU, 22 EMO: PSU, 2-4: OSU, 3-4