April 6, 2010
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -
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THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Penn State (1-8, 0-1 CAA) will trek to No. 8 Drexel (8-2, 1-0 CAA) on Saturday for a 4 p.m. game against the Dragons. The game will be locally produced for TV and air on TCN (The Comcast Network). The Nittany Lions are coming off a hard-fought 10-8 loss to then-No. 9 UMass on Saturday while Drexel, currently ranked eighth nationally, picked up a 13-11 win over Hofstra on the same day.
The Nittany Lions were led by junior Chris Hogan in the loss to UMass. Hogan had a goal and two assists and was one of four Lions with two or more points in the game. Freshman goalie Dave Baker had 12 saves in the game, just four days after notching 17 saves in a close loss to Bucknell.
Matthew Mackrides leads Penn state with 30 points off 25 goals and five assists. He is also tops on the team in ground balls with 34. Mackrides ranks among the CAA's leaders in points, goals and ground balls. Freshman Billy Gribbin has 23 points off 17 and six while Chris Hogan has 20 off 12 and eight. Baker has raised his save percentate go .482 and has 82 saves with an 11.80 GAA. Senior Charley Henneghan has a .610 face off percentage, having won 61 of 100.
Drexel used a five goal fourth period to down Hofstra last Saturday and was led by freshman Robert Church, who had seven goals in the win. Church was named both CAA Player and Rookie of the Week for the stunning seven goal burst. Church now has 27 points off 24 goals and three assists. Scott Perri leads the Dragons with 31 off 16 and 15 while Colin Ambler has 29 off 14 and 15. Dragon keeper Mark Manos has a .602 save percentage with 112 saves and a superb 7.75 GAA. Zak Fisher has a .588 face off mark, having won 60 of 102.
The Nittany Lions will host Hofstra on Saturday, April 17, in their next outing. The contest will be played on Jeffrey Field and is a night game, slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.
GRIBBIN NAMED CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn State Nittany Lion freshman Billy Gribbin (Rockville, Md.) has been named the Colonial Athletic Association's Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for the week ending on March 28, 2010. Gribbin's award is Penn State's first in the CAA. Gribbin earned the Nittany Lions' first weekly honor of the year, after helping Penn State to its first win of the season. The frosh logged three goals and an assist in his team's 13-11 win over St. John's Saturday.
GRIBBIN AND DOLIK LEAD LIONS OVER RED STORM
Freshmen Billy Gribbin and Nick Dolik sparked Penn State to its first win of the season on 3/27, with each scoring three goals and dishing off an assist in the Nittany Lions' 13-11 victory over visiting St. John's last weekend. Matthew Mackrides also chipped in for four points off a goal and a team-best three assists in the victory. Freshman keeper Dave Baker had nine saves in the game, picking up his first win of the year.
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: