April 5, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
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THIS WEEK'S GAMES
The No. 19 Penn State men's lacrosse team (5-4, 2-0 CAA) hosts Drexel (5-5, 1-2 CAA) on Saturday, April 9, at 1 p.m. The CAA game will be played at Bigler Field unless weather allows the contest to be moved to Jeffrey Field.
Penn State is coming off an exciting 8-7 overtime win over Lehigh last Saturday. Sophomore face-off specialist Danny Henneghan scored the game-winner mere seconds into overtime to net Penn State the one-goal non-conference road victory. Shane Sturgis and Matt Mackrides each had two goals in the Lions' victory against the Mountain Hawks.
The Nittany Lions also faced off against No. 18 Bucknell last Tuesday, dropping a tough 8-6 decision to the Bison. Freshman goalie Austin Kaut was solid in the loss, making 12 saves on 36 shots faced and Sturgis continued to lead the Lion offense with three points off two goals and one assist.
Leading Penn State's offense thus far this season are Sturgis (14 goals, 12 assists), Mackrides (ten goals, seven assists), Jack Forster (eight goals), Nick Dolik (five goals, two assists) and Gribbin (five goals, one assist). Penn State's midfield is led by Kyle VanThof (five goals, five assists), Colton Vosburgh (six goals, two assists) and LaCrosse (six goals, one assist). The Lion defense is led by senior Matt Bernier and freshman goalie Austin Kaut.
The Drexel Dragons are coming off a 9-7 loss to CAA foe and 17th-ranked Delaware last Saturday at home. The Dragons are lead in scoring by senior attackman Scott Perri (26 goals, 16 assists), sophomore attackman Robert Church (16 goals, 15 assists), sophomore attackman Brendan Glynn (16 goals, four assists), junior midfielder Kyle Bergman (11 goals, eight assists), and sophomore attackman Nick Trizano (14 goals, three assists).
HENNEGHAN CLINCHES WIN OVER LEHIGH
Sophomore face-off man Danny Henneghan scored the game-winner in overtime to secure Penn State's 8-7 victory over Lehigh. Henneghan also had five ground balls in the Lions' match-up against the Mountain Hawks and won nine of 19 face-offs. Henneghan now has three goals on the year.
PENN STATE MOVES TO No. 19 IN USILA TOP 20
Penn State jumped a spot to No. 19 this week in the USILA Top 20 Coaches Poll after debuting in the poll last week for the first time since 2009 in the March 28 poll. Penn State debuted at No. 20 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division I Coaches Poll for the week of March 27th, following upset wins over Rutgers and the University of Massachusetts and a 14-6 victory over conference foe St. Joseph's.
HENNEGHAN TALLIES FIRST MULTI-POINT GAME AGAINST ST. JOSEPH'S
Sophomore face-off man Danny Henneghan (Beverly Hills, Mich.) registered his first two goals of the season in the Lion's match-up against the St. Joseph's Hawks last Saturday, earning the first multi-point game of his Nittany Lion career. Henneghan also won 14 of 21 face-offs for the Nittany Lions and led the team with seven ground balls.
KAUT EARNS CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND THIRD ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONOR
Kaut, a first-time CAA Player of the Week winner and now three-time rookie of the week, tallied a current national-best 25 saves in Penn State's 8-7 upset win at No. 10 Massachusetts Saturday. Kaut's .781 single-game save percentage is a career-best, while his .669 (99/148) season save percentage ranks among the league's best among mainstay keepers.
VANTHOF NOTCHES 4 GOALS;
KAUT SETS RECORD AGAINST #10 UMASS
Sophomore Kyle VanThof (Penfield, N.Y.) had a game-high four goals in the Nittany Lions upset of No. 10 Massachusetts. Freshman goalie Austin Kaut (Morton, Pa.) had a game-high 25 saves against 32 shots. Kaut's 25 stops stand as the most saves registered in a game by any player in NCAA play this season as of 3/21.
STURGIS EARNS CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
HONOR FOR VILLANOVA, RUTGERS
Sturgis tallied eight points in the Nittany Lions' split of two games on the week. The frosh tallied a goal and three assists during PSU's loss at Villanova, then scored four of Penn State's final five goals to break a tie and top No. 19 Rutgers Saturday. Sturgis leads the Nittany Lions, and is among the league leaders, with eight goals and a total of 14 points on the season.
STURGIS LEADS LION CHARGE OVER
Freshman Shane Sturgis scored four goals and added an assist to lead Penn State to an 11-6 win over No. 19 Rutgers on 3/12. Sturgis scored his goals in the final 15:05, helping Penn State turn a close 7-6 game into an 11-6 win over the ranked Scarlet Knights.
STURGIS NOTCHES FOUR POINTS IN
LOSS AT #20 VILLANOVA
Shane Sturgis scored a goal and had three assists to lead Penn State with four points in a tough 17-5 road loss at #20 Villanova on 3/8.
KAUT EARNS SECOND CAA ROOKIE OF
THE WEEK HONOR FOR OSU GAME
Penn State Nittany Lion men's lacrosse player Austin Kaut (Morton, Pa.) has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week for the week ending March 6. The award is the second this year for the freshman goalie Kaut tallied 16 saves in Penn State's 6-5 triple-overtime loss to No. 12 Ohio State on Saturday.
KAUT SUPERB IN HARD FOUGHT
LOSS TO NO. 3 NOTRE DAME
Freshman goalie Austin Kaut was superb in Penn State's tough 6-2 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame on 2/27. Kaut kept Penn State close (trailing only 3-2 in the fourth period), facing a flurry of Irish shots and collecting 15 saves and posting a gaudy .714 save percentage.
KAUT NAMED CAA MEN'S
LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn State Nittany Lion men's lacrosse player Austin Kaut (Morton, Pa.) has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week for the week ending February 20. Kaut earned the honor after earning a victory in his first game as Penn State's goalkeeper. Kaut, in his first collegiate game and head coach Jeff Tambroni's first contest as head coach at Penn State, tallied 10 saves against 17 shots in the Nittany Lions' 9-7 win over Binghamton. He also picked up two ground balls in the victory. The frosh now ranks fourth in the league with a save percentage of .588.