Penn State (2-5, 1-2 ECAC) will host conference rival Hobart (4-4, 1-2 ECAC) in a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday, April 7. The game is the first of two straight conference home games for the Nittany Lions as PSU welcomes St. John¡¯s on April 14. Both teams will be looking to even their conference records in the game.
The Nittany Lions are coming off a hard-fought 6-5 overtime loss at Massachusetts last Saturday. Sophomore goalie Drew Adams collected 20 saves in what turned out to be a goalkeeper showdown as each team¡¯s net-men played outstanding games. UMass goalie Doc Schneider had 15 saves as well. Penn State led 4-2 after three periods of play but the Minutemen outscored the Nittany Lions 3-1 in the fourth period before netting the winning goal one minute into the extra period.
Gil Pearsall leads Penn State with 13 points and ten goals. Pearsall is also tops on the team in shot percentage (min. two SPG) with a .286 mark. Brian Boyle checks in with 11 points off six goals and a team best five assists. Pat Heim has nine points off seven goals and two assists and Chris Hogan has eight goals for eight points. Adams has a superb 8.31 goals against average and 85 saves to go along with a .594 save percentage. As a team, Penn State is scoring 7.41 goals per game while giving up 8.27. The Nittany Lions are shooting .239 overall. Hobart comes in with a 4-4 mark, 1-2 in ECAC play, after its 11-10 upset win over Fairfield on Saturday. The Statesmen led by three with just four minutes left and held off a late Fairfield rally to secure the win.
The Statesmen are being led by Jamie Kirk, who has a stunning 28 assists and seven goals for 35 points. Daryl Veltman has 26 goals and six assists for 32 points and Jeff Colburn has 14 goals and eight assists for 22 points.
ADAMS SUPERB IN OVERTIME LOSS AT UMASS
Sophomore goalie Drew Adams had a season-high 20 saves in Penn State¡¯s 6-5 overtime loss at UMass on Saturday, March 31. Adams faced 26 shots on goal and shut down the Minutemen at a superb 77% clip. He also had two ground balls in the contest. His superb performance lowered his already stellar GAA to 8.31 and upped his save total to 85.
ADAMS NAMED ECAC LACROSSE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (3/28)
Sophomore goalie Drew Adams was named ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending March 25. Adams, the reigning ECAC Goalie of the Year, collected 13 saves against 20 shots on goal in Penn State¡¯s 10-7 ECAC win over No. 12 Fairfield. Adams also led Penn State with 11 ground balls in the game, which was Penn State¡¯s second straight win. The Springfield, Pa., native has an 8.72 goals against average and has a team-high 46 ground balls.
HEIM A FINALIST FOR 2007 LOWE¡¯S SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Pat Heim has been named a finalist for the 2007 Lowe¡¯s Senior Class Award, a newly formed award given by Lowe¡¯s for the first time this year. The honor is presented to an NCAA Division I men¡¯s senior lacrosse player who excels both on and off the field. Candidates were selected based on personal qualities that define a complete student athlete. While the on-the-field performance during their collegiate lacrosse careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus. The winner will be announced during the weekend of May 26 during the 2007 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Baltimore, Md. Head coach Glenn Thiel¡¯s team (2-4, 1-1 ECAC) will visit UMass this Saturday for a 12 p.m. ECAC Lacrosse League contest.
PEARSALL NETS HAT TRICK, 5 POINTS, TO LEAD PSU OVER NO. 12 FAIRFIELD
Senior Gil Pearsall scored a hat trick and totalled five points to lead Penn State to a convincing 10-7 win over No. 12 Fairfield on March 24. Pearsall¡¯s five point outburst (three goals, two assists), combined with four points from Brian Boyle (two goals, two assists) helped Penn State grab its first home win of the season.
PENN STATE¡¯S GAME AT STONY BROOK ON 3/17 CANCELLED
Penn State¡¯s March 17 game at Stony Brook was cancelled due to a winter storm that blew through the Northeast. No make up date for the contest has been set as of yet.
SHEA¡¯S FIRST HAT TRICK LEADS LIONS TO WIN OVER COLGATE
Freshman Brian Shea scored three goals for Penn State in its 7-4 win over Colgate on March 13. The rookie¡¯s first hat trick helped Penn State garner its first win of the year in a game played at Georgetown Prep in Maryland.
MADDEN IMPRESSES HIS ALMA MATER
Junior Devin Madden, a transfer from St. John¡¯s and a graduate of Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Md., sparked the Nittany Lions¡¯ 7-4 win over Colgate in a game played at Georgetown Prep. Madden won 10 of 15 face-offs in the victory to help spark PSU to the neutral site win.
LIONS FALL IN FINAL SECONDS TO ECAC FOE LOYOLA
The Penn State lacrosse team watched a late fourth-quarter lead disappear as Loyola¡¯s Shane Koppens scored with just :04 seconds remaining to give the visiting Greyhounds a 10-9 win in the ECAC opener for both teams. The goal was Koppens¡¯ second of the game. Pat Heim had three goals to lead Penn State.
HEIM NETS HAT TRICK VS. LOYOLA
Senior Pat Heim scored three goals in Penn State¡¯s tough 10-9 loss to Loyola on 3/3. It was Heim¡¯s first hat trick of the season and the first for Penn State during the 2007 campaign. Heim¡¯s last game with three or more goals was against Bucknell on 4/22/06.
ADAMS AND HEIM NAMED TO TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
Two members of the Penn State Nittany Lion men¡¯s lacrosse team have been named to the 2007 Tewaaraton Trophy Preseason Watch List. The list, compiled by the Tewaaraton Award Foundation, includes all those considered early contenders and players to watch for the post-season award.
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
Freshman middie Chris Hogan had a solid collegiate debut, scoring two goals to lead Penn State in the Nittany Lions¡¯ 10-5 loss to Denver on 2/17. Hogan took five shots, connecting on two of them for a team-best .400 shot percentage. He also collected three ground balls.
HEIM, MULQUEEN AND SALTSMAN NAMED 2007 TEAM CAPTAINS
The Penn State Nittany Lion men¡¯s lacrosse team, under the direction of veteran head coach Glenn Thiel, will rely upon a trio of veteran leaders in 2007. Seniors Pat Heim, Dan Saltsman and Matt Mulqueen have been named captains for the 2007 campaign. 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
Penn State Nittany Lion lacrosse player Pat Heim (Wayne, Pa.) has been named a second team pre-season All-American by Inside Lacrosse magazine. Heim is a senior co-captain on head coach Glenn Thiel¡¯s squad. Heim is a three-year starter at midfield for Penn State. A two-time first team All-ECAC pick, Heim has 67 career points off 44 goals and 23 assists. He has played in 41 games for Penn State through three seasons with the Nittany Lions and was a 2006 USILA honorable mention 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.
PENN STATE RECEIVING VOTES NIKE/INSIDE LACROSSE MEDIA POLL
Penn State is receiving votes in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls. Cornell continues to top the team rankings in both cases while Georgetown leads the ECAC entries with a No. 5 ranking in the coaches poll and a No. 6 nod in the media poll.