Nittany Lion Lacrosse Team Hosts Ohio State Saturday
The Penn State Nittany Lions (0-3) will host Ohio State (3-2) in a non-conference battle on Saturday, March 10. Action in Holuba Hall starts at 1 p.m. The Nittany Lions of head coach Glenn Thiel will enter the game with a deceptive 0-3 mark. Penn State has dropped three straight games to three ranked foes, including last Saturday¡¯s heart-breaking last second loss to Loyola (10-9). Pat Heim led Penn State with three goals in the game vs. the Greyhounds while Drew Adams collected 13 saves.
Heim leads Penn State with seven points off six goals and an assist. Gil Pearsall and Chris Hogan each check in with four goals a piece as well. Adams has a 10.33 goals against average with 32 saves and a .508 save percentage.
Ohio State enters the contest with a 3-2 mark. The Buckeyes own wins over Robert Morris, Wagner and Harvard and have lost games to ranked foes North Carolina and Bucknell. Kevin Buchanan leads OSU with 18 points off four goals and 14 assists while Joel Dalgarno and Jeff Ryan each have 12 goals for the Buckeyes.
LIONS FALL IN FINAL SECONDS TO ECAC FOE LOYOLA
HEIM NETS HAT TRICK VS. LOYOLA
ADAMS AND HEIM NAMED TO TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
Sophomore Drew Adams (Springfield, Pa.) and senior Pat Heim (Wayne, Pa.) both on the list of nearly 50 individuals considered preseason contenders for the 2007 Tewaaraton Trophy, given each year to Division I¡¯s player of the year. Adams, a sophomore goalie for the Nittany Lions, was the 2006 ECAC Lacrosse League Goalie of the Year, ECAC Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year and was a member of the 2006 All-ECAC first team. He ended last year with an 8.25 goals against average and a .603 save percentage.
Heim, now in his fourth year as a starter for Penn State, is one of Penn State¡¯s captains this season. He entered this year with 44 goals and 23 assists for his career and has quickly added three goals and an assist in Penn State¡¯s first two games this campaign. Heim was a first team All-ECAC pick last year as well. Both he and Adams were USILA honorable mention All-Americans in 2006. The list will be voted upon by coaches and narrowed down as the season progresses, ultimately reaching a final list of five players who will constitute the award¡¯s finalists.
HOGAN HAS SOLID COLLEGIATE DEBUT
HEIM, MULQUEEN AND SALTSMAN NAMED 2007 TEAM CAPTAINS
Heim returns for his final go-round with the Nittany Lions after earning his second straight first team All-ECAC nod in 2006. The midfielder had 22 points off 17 goals and five assists last year and posted a .254 shot percentage. He also had 28 ground balls. Over three years as a starter, Heim has 67 points off 44 goals and 23 assists. ¡°Pat is the backbone of our offense,¡± Thiel said. ¡°He will team with Gil Pearsall to give us great leadership on attack.¡± Heim was also an honorable mention All-American last year.
Saltsman emerged as a defensive anchor for Penn State in 2006. He started all 13 games in the backfield and had 28 ground balls. Saltsman was honored as a first team All-ECAC pick. He has played in 40 games at Penn State. Mulqueen also played in 13 games last season, starting eight of them. He was third on the team with 38 ground balls as he helped anchor the defense with Saltsman. Mulqueen has played in 33 games over three seasons as a Nittany Lion. ¡°Defensive captains Saltsman and Mulqueen are Penn State prototypes,¡± Thiel said. ¡°They are hard working, intense and physical defenders.¡±
HEIM NAMED INSIDE LACROSSE PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICAN
A trio of Nittany Lions were named to the Inside lacrosse honorable mention list. Senior co-captain Dan Saltsman (Concord, N.H.), senior attacker Brain Boyle (Derry, N.H.) and sophomore goalie Drew Adams (Springfield, Pa.) were all on the pre-season HM list.
ADAMS NAMED ECAC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AND GOALIE OF THE YEAR TO LEAD SIX LIONS ON ALL-ECAC TEAMS
Joining Adams on the All-ECAC squad is senior attacker Nate Whitaker (Great Falls, Va.), junior midfielder Pat Heim (Wayne, Pa.) and junior defender Dan Saltsman (Concord, N.H.). Junior Brian Boyle (Derry, N.H.) and senior Greg Gurenlian (Springfield, Pa.) were named to the All-ECAC second team. In his first season with Penn State, Adams started all 13 games for Penn State and boasted an 8.25 goals against average. He had 164 saves as well, facing 414 shots during the course of the season. Adams is the only freshman on the team and one of only two underclassmen.
DUKE TOPS BOTH USILA COACHES AND NIKE/INSIDE LACROSSE MEDIA POLLS