March 23, 2010
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -
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THIS WEEK'S GAMES
The Penn State Nittany Lions (0-6, 0-0 CAA) will host St. John's (3-3*, vs. Hofstra on Tuesday post-press) on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The game will be played on Jeffrey Field.
Penn State is coming off a 20-11 loss at No. 8 Duke. Matthew Mackrides led Penn State with four goals in the game while Nick Dolik had two goals and an assist. The Nittany Lions used three goalies in the game as Duke took 41 shots in the game. The Blue Devils posted a pretty impressive 43-26 edge in ground balls and even won the face-off game, 18-34.
Mackrides leads Penn State with 20 goals and two assists for 22 points while Billy Gribbin checks in with 16 off 12 and four. Chris Hogan has 12 off eight and four while Nick Dolik has 11 off eight and three. Goalie Dave Baker has started all six of Penn State's games this year and has a 12.57 goals against average with 44 saves. Charley Henneghan has a .658 face-off percentage, winning 50 of 76 and is second on the team in ground balls with 22. Mackrides leads the team in ground balls with 26.
St. Johns heads into the week with a 3-3 record and will play Hofstra on Tuesday night (post-press). The Red Storm are coming off an 8-7 overtime win against Vermont on Saturday and also own wins over Holy Cross and Air Force. Garrett Mitchell has 12 points off nine goals and three assists while Harry Kutner has 12 off eight goals and four assists. Red Storm keeper Gavin Buckley has a 10.89 goals against average with 47 saves and a .490 save percentage.
Penn State will host two games next week as the Bucknell Bison visit on Tuesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m., and UMass comes to town on Saturday, April 3, at 12 noon.
MACKRIDES LEADS PENN STATE IN LOSS AT #8 DUKE
Sophomore Matthew Mackrides had four goals in Penn State's tough 20-11 loss at No. 8 Duke on 3/20. Mackrides four-goal burst could not overcome an 11-goal first half on the part of the homestanding Blue Devils.
GRIBBIN SOLID IN 0-2 WEEK FOR NITTANY LIONS
Freshman Billy Gribbin was solid in Penn State's losses to Villanova and at Rutgers on 3/9 and 3/13. Gribbin scored four goals and an assist in the week. He had two goals in Penn State's 11-7 home loss to Villanova on Tuesday and followed that up with two goals and an assist in the teams' 7-4 loss at Rutgers on Saturday. Gribbin's solid week keeps him second on the team in scoring with 11 goals and three assists for 14 points.
MACKRIDES NETS FIVE IN OVERTIME LOSS
AT OHIO STATE
Sophomore Matthew Mackrides scored five goals to lead Penn State in a tough 11-10 overtime loss at Ohio State on 2/6. Mackrides took 15 shots, ten on goal, and connected on five of them. The burst improved the sophomore's team-leading point total to 13 off 12 goals and an assist.
BAKER AND Danny Henneghan EMERGE
Freshmen Dave Baker and Danny Henneghan had solid outings for Penn State in the overtime loss at Ohio State. Baker played the entire game in goal, getting eight saves in over 61:00 of minutes of play. Henneghan won 10 of 11 face-offs in the game.
HOGAN NOTCHES THREE POINTS
IN CLOSE LOSS AT #3 NOTRE DAME
Junior Chris Hogan led Penn State with two goals and an assist in the Nittany Lions 12-8 loss at No. 3 Notre Dame on 2/28. Hogan's effort helped spark the Lions on a late comeback that fell short as the homestanding Irish held on late for the win.
FRESHMAN BAKER SOLID IN NOTRE DAME GAME
Freshman goalie Dave Baker played the final 40:00 minutes of Penn State's game at No. 3 Notre Dame and had his best outing of the early season. Baker allowed only four goals over the final two thirds of the game and collected seven saves.
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).
FOLLOW PENN STATE LACROSSE ON FACEBOOK
The Penn State Nittany Lion lacrosse team's coaching staff has a great way for fans to follow the team via the squad's facebook page. The staff will update the page regularly, offering fans with Facebook accounts an inside look at the team from the coach's perspective! Just go here: