Men's Lacrosse Dominates Mt. Saint Mary's 14-5
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., April 5, 2005 - The Penn State men's lacrosse team (3-5, 1-1) rebounded from its loss to Massachusetts three days ago and defeated Mt. Saint Mary's, 14-5, at Jeffrey Field in front of 600 fans. The Nittany Lions scored seven goals in the third quarter to clinch their second victory all time against The Mount. Midfielder Patrick Heim (Wayne, Pa.) notched four goals and two assists while junior John Eremus (Rosemont, Pa.) finished with three goals and one assist.
The Lions jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter on goals from Brian Boyle (Derry, N.H.) and Heim. The Mount responded with an unassisted goal from Eric Seifert to cut the Penn State lead to one. Midfielder Greg Gurenlian (Springfield, Pa.) won the ensuing face-off and assisted Boyle on a goal seven seconds later to bring the Nittany Lion lead back to two. Mt. Saint Mary's attackman Daniel Hatton scored an unassisted goal with 22 seconds remaining in the opening quarter to bring the score to 3-2 in favor of the Lions.
Both teams traded goals twice in the second quarter. Heim tallied an unassisted goal one minute into the period before Seifert notched an extra-man goal for The Mount at the 11:34 mark. Attackman Will Cutler (Vienna, Va.) scored his fourth goal of the season on an assist from Eremus to give the Lions a 5-3 advantage. Mt. Saint Mary's responded again with a goal from Tilghman Herring to cut the Penn State lead to 5-4 at halftime.
The Nittany Lions tallied seven unanswered goals in the third quarter and out shot The Mount 11-5. Eremus recorded two goals while Heim completed his hat trick. Cutler also notched two goals in the period and attackman Nate Whitaker (Great Falls, Va.) added an extra-man goal to extend his scoring streak to 35-games. Penn State led 12-4 heading into the final 15 minutes of play. Eremus found the back of the net on an assist from Heim to open the fourth quarter. Herring scored his second goal of the game for Mt. Saint Mary's two minutes later to cut the Lions lead to 13-5. Defenseman Tommy Zichelli (Severna Park, Md.) picked up a ground ball with 1:34 remaining and traveled the length of the field to tack on a goal for Penn State, which sealed a 14-5 victory.
Goal keeper Chris Courteau (Buffalo, N.Y.) played a stunning game in net finishing with 12 saves for the Nittany Lions. Dan Whitehurst earned the majority of playing time tallying nine saves in 45 minutes of play.
Penn State will continue its home stand when they host ECAC opponent Hobart this Saturday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m. The Lions will face St. John's one week later at home on April 16 at 1:00 p.m.
GOAL - (ASSISTS):
PSU 1st quarter-Brian Boyle - (Nate Whitaker), Patrick Heim, Brian Boyle - (Greg Gurenlian); 2nd quarter-Patrick Heim, Will Cutler - (John Eremus); 3rd quarter-John Eremus - (Patrick Heim), Patrick Heim, John Eremus, Patrick Heim, Will Cutler, Nate Whitaker - (Brian Boyle), Will Cutler; 4th quarter-John Eremus - (Patrick Heim), Tommy Zichelli.
M 1st quarter-Eric Seifert, Daniel Hatton; 2nd quarter-Eric Seifert - (Matt Warner), Tilghman Herring; 3rd quarter-no scoring; 4th quarter-Tilghman Herring.
PSU, Chris Courteau (60 minutes, 5 goals allowed, 12 saves)
M, Dan Whitehurst (45 minutes, 12 goals allowed, 9 saves), Chris Channing (15 minutes, 2 goals allowed, 2 saves)
GROUNDBALLS: PSU, 37: M, 27
EMO: PSU, 2-3: M, 1-7