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April 7, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. - On the heels of a five-goal masterpiece at Drexel, freshman Mike Sutton (Sewell, N.J.) was named men's lacrosse Rookie of the Week by the Colonial Athletic Association Monday afternoon.
Sutton, who entered Saturday with just two games and a goal played to his credit, uncorked a quintet of tallies against the Dragons at Vidas Field. Sutton made the most of his first collegiate start in the 13-12 triple-overtime loss for the Nittany Lions by becoming just the third Lion to score five or more goals in a game this season.
Sutton posted a string of three straight goals in the second quarter to help the Nittany Lions gain the lead before halftime and added two more to regain the lead in the third quarter for Penn State. Two of his goals came on Penn State's extra-man offense, as PSU went 4-for-7 on the day.
The freshman's five-goal showing was the first by a Penn State rookie since TJ Sanders (Orillia, Ont.), who pulled the feat three times last season, the last time being against Towson (Apr. 13, 2013). The weekly award is the first for Sutton and the first CAA Rookie of the Week honor this season. Last year, Sanders took home five rookie accolades en route to CAA Rookie of the Year and All-CAA laurels.
The Nittany Lions travel to Maryland to face the 19th ranked Towson Tigers on Saturday at 7 p.m. The contest will be Penn State's last road game as a member of the CAA.