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Senior Greg Gurenlian had five ground balls and won nine of 16 face-offs to help lead No. 18 Penn State to a 9-4 ECAC road win at Hobart.
State College, Pa. ?C April 8, 2006 ?C The Penn State Nittany Lion men??s lacrosse team, ranked No. 18 in the nation and under the guidance of veteran head coach Glenn Thiel, put forth a dominating team effort from start to finish in a 9-4 ECAC road win over Hobart today. Freshman goalie Drew Adams (Springfield, Pa.) faced 35 shots, 21 on goal, and had 17 saves in helping Penn State to its third straight conference victory.
Senior Nate Whitaker (Great Falls, Va.) got Penn State on the board first with a man-up goal at the 11:32 mark of the first quarter, using an assist from junior Gil Pearsall (Carthage, N.Y.). Hobart would forge its only tie of the game Brandon Buchmayr scored at the 9:35 mark, tying the game at 1-1. From there, however, the game was all Penn State. John Eremus (Rosemont, Pa.) and freshman Ryan McAleenan (Grand Rapids, Mich.) scored the game??s next two goals to put Penn State up 3-1 after the first.
The Nittany Lions went up 4-1 when Boyle scored off a Brian Boyle (Derry, N.H.) assist with 9:08 to go in the second. Hobart answered with a quick goal just 14 seconds later, but Penn State got unassisted goals from Matt Warner (Geneva, N.Y.) and Pearsall to close out the first half with a solid 6-2 lead.
While the Penn State offense was solid in the first half, scoring six goals on 15 shots taken, it was the play of Adams in the net that helped the Nittany Lions forge the big lead. In the first two quarters, Adams faced 14 shots on goal and gave up only two goals. Senior Greg Gurenlian (Springfield, Pa.) helped Penn State maintain its offensive edge and ball possession, winning seven of the half??s ten face-offs.
The third quarter was more even, but Penn State served notice that it would not be challenged in the contest when Scott scored unassisted at the 9:20 mark to put the Nittany Lions up 7-2. Hobart??s Sean Murphy scored with :01 left in the period to make the score 7-3 with 15:00 left to play.
The fourth quarter was more of the same as Pearsall and Scott each scored unassisted goals, while Hobart tallied one, and the final results was never in doubt as the Nittany Lions coasted to a strong 9-4 win.
Pearsall, Eremus and Scott each scored two goals and had an assist in the game, highlighting a very balanced Penn State attack. Gurenlian ended the game with a team-high five ground balls and won nine of 16 face-offs. Adams totaled 17 saves in the game, his second highest total of the year. The rookie faced 21 shots on goal and allowed only four through to the back of the net. In his last three games, all ECAC wins, Adams has allowed only 15 goals (5.0 per game) and had 40 saves (13.3 per game).
Penn State took 28 shots, 17 on goal, and connected on nine of them. The Nittany Lions totaled 23 ground balls and had four penalties. Hobart took 35 shots, 21 on goal and had 34 ground balls. Hobart Goalie Mike DeSantis had eight saves and gave up nine goals in the game.
Penn State improves to 5-3 on the year, 3-1 in the ECAC. Hobart falls to 4-5, 0-4 in the loop. The Nittany Lions will visit St. John??s next Saturday, April 15, for a 1 p.m. game. The contest is Penn State??s final ECAC road game of the year. The Nittany Lions close out their schedule with three of four at home, including two conference games.
GAME SUMMARY: No. 18 Penn State 9, Hobart 4
1st: PSU (Whitaker-Pearsall), HC (Buchmayr-David), PSU (Eremus-Scott), PSU (McAleenan-Eremus)
2nd: PSU (Eremus-Boyle), HC (Narog), PSU (Warner), PSU (Pearsall)
3rd: PSU (Scott), HC (Murphy)
4th: PSU (Pearsall), HC (Murphy), PSU (Scott)
GROUNDBALLS: PSU 23, HC 34 ?C EMO: PSU 1-5, HC 0-4
SHOTS (SH-SOG): PSU 28-17, HC 35-21
FACE-OFFS: PSU 9-16, HC 7-16
GOALIE SUMMARY: PSU (Drew Adams 60:00, 4 GA, 17 SV), HC (Mike DeSantis 60:00, 9 GA, 8 SV)
SCORE BY QUARTER: 1 2 3 4 F PENN STATE 3 3 1 2 9 HOBART 1 1 1 1 4
RECORDS: Penn State 5-3, 3-1 ECAC; Hobart 4-5, 0-4 ECAC
UP NEXT FOR PSU: Penn State at St. John??s, Saturday, April 15, 1 p.m.