Nittany Lion Lacrosse Team hosts Fairfield in ECAC Battle on Saturday
Penn State (1-4, 0-1 ECAC) will host #12/#14 Fairfield College (5-0, 1-0 ECAC) in an ECAC clash this Saturday, March 24. Action begins at 2:30 p.m. The game will be played in Holuba Hall unless weather permits shifting the venue outside to Jeffrey Field.
The Nittany Lions are coming off a 7-4 win over Colgate on Tuesday, March 13. Freshman Brian Shea notched his first career hat trick in the game, leading Penn State to its first victory of the year. Goalie Drew Adams had seven saves in holding Colgate to only four scores, Penn State¡¯s best defensive performance of the young season.
Pat Heim leads Penn State with nine points off seven goals and two assists. Chris Hogan and Gil Pearsall each have six goals while Shea checks in with five points off four goals and an assist. Devin Madden
Fairfield comes in with a perfect 5-0 record, 1-0 in ECAC play. The Stags are coming off an 18-11 victory over Harvard on Sunday. Fairfield was led by Mike Bocklet¡¯s five goal outbursts. Bocklet also had three assists in the game for an eight point day. Travis Nelson added four goals and four assists for an eight point game of his own.
Bocklet leads FU with 26 points off 16 goals and ten assists. Nelson checks in with 22 off 11 and 11 while Dan Boudreau has 22 off 12 and two. Goalie Michael Kruger has an 8.23 goals against average with 41 saves.
PENN STATE¡¯S GAME AT STONY BROOK ON 3/17 CANCELLED
SHEA¡¯S FIRST HAT TRICK LEADS LIONS TO WIN OVER COLGATE
MADDEN IMPRESSES HIS ALMA MATER
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 and senior Pat Heim 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
CORNELL TOPS BOTH USILA COACHES AND NIKE/INSIDE LACROSSE MEDIA POLLS