Penn State Lacrosse Team Treks to No. 3 Notre Dame for Sunday Battle
Feb. 23, 2010
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -
The Penn State Nittany Lions (0-1, 0-0 CAA) will visit South Bend, Ind., to take on No. 3 Notre Dame (1-0) on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. The game will mark Penn State's initial road game of the year after a season-opening setback. The battle with the third-ranked Irish also marks the highest ranked opponent Penn State has played, at home or away, since a game at then No. 3 Virginia on April 26, 2003 (Penn State nearly upset UVA in that game, losing 11-10).
Penn State is coming off a tough 24-17 loss to Robert Morris in the 2010 opener in Holuba Hall last Saturday. Matthew Mackrides led Penn State with five goals and an assist for six points. Freshman Billy Gribbin had six points off four goals and two assists while Chris Hogan had four goals. The Nittany Lions out-shot RMU 75-40 but were thwarted by 26 saves from Robert Morris goalie Sal Barcia (RMU had 29 as a team).
Notre Dame is coming off an outstanding 11-7 win over Duke last Saturday, using a 5-2 scoring edge in the second half to pull away from from the homestanding Blue Devils. The Irish, now 1-0 on the year and ranked No. 3 nationally, were led by Zach Brenneman's four points (three goals and an assist). Goalie Scott Rodgers had 15 saves, including nine in the second half.
The Nittany Lions will head to Columbus, Ohio, to face Ohio State on Saturday, March 6, at 1 p.m, in their next contest.
MACKRIDES, GRIBBIN AND HOGAN LEAD LIONS IN HOME OPENING LOSS TO ROBERT MORRIS
Matthew Mackrides led Penn State with five goals and an assist for six points in Penn State's 24-17 home opening loss to Robert Morris on 2/20. Freshman Billy Gribbin had six points off four goals and two assists while Chris Hogan had four goals. The Nittany Lions out-shot RMU 75-40 but were thwarted by 26 saves from Robert Morris goalie Sal Barcia (RMU had 29 as a team).
SCRIMMAGES GIVE GLIMPSES INTO 2010 SEASON
The Penn State Nittany Lion lacrosse team took part in two scrimmages in preparation for the 2010 season. The Nittany Lions hosted Hobart on Feb. 6 in an evenly played game that allowed head coach Glenn Thiel to get every player some playing time. The Nittany Lions got to see if of their three goalies in action, with Dave Baker getting the first half nod and John Nichols and Conor Baucum splitting time in the second half. The next weekend, the Nittany Lions hosted the Iroquois Nationals in an exhibition on Sunday night. Penn State was impressive in the scrimmage with the Nationals, who were short-handed entering the contest. The Nittany Lions doubled up Iroquois in shots and outscored the visitors in each period. Freshman Nick Dolic tallied five goals in the game while sophomore Matthew Mackrides had four. The Penn State offense was once again balanced while the defense showcased the toughness it will take to have a successful 2010 campaign.
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