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April 14, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. - Following a perfect goalkeeping display, senior Austin Kaut (Morton, Pa.) was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week, while freshman Mike Sutton (Sewell, N.J.) was tabbed Rookie of the Week for a second straight time on Monday.
The Nittany Lions (5-6, 1-2 CAA) used a historic goalkeeping performance from Kaut (11 saves, 0 goals against) in an 8-1 win over No. 19 Towson on Saturday. Coupled with Kaut, Sutton's two-goal night helped Penn State ease past the Tigers, who scored their fewest goals since 1970. The Nittany Lions were 54.7 seconds away from its first shutout since 1967 as Towson scored when Kaut was out of the game.
Kaut was locked in from the onset, saving three Towson shots on net in each of the first three periods. Penn State's defense was so dominant that the Tigers had just six possessions in the first half resulting in four turnovers and six shots that were saved.
Penn State led, 5-0, at halftime, following Sutton's back-to-back tallies in the second quarter. Sutton, who was earned his first conference laurel last week with a five-goal showing at Drexel, scored an even strength goal for a 4-0 lead only 72 seconds into the quarter before adding an extra-man goal seven minutes later. Sutton has seven goals in his past two games and three man-up goals.
This season the Nittany Lions have earned six individual weekly awards led by Sutton and senior Shane Sturgis (Downingtown, Pa.). Fellow seniors Kaut and Kyle VanThof (Penfield, N.Y.) each have a shared honor to their credit.
For Kaut, the honor is his fifth player of the week award in his stories four-year career. The three-time All-CAA First Team honoree and last year's national goalie of the year, Kaut is 30 saves away from the all-time mark at Penn State held by Drew Adams (694).
The Nittany Lions return home for the remainder of their regular season with games against Delaware (April 19) and No. 12 Hofstra (April 26). This Saturday's game against the Blue Hens kicks off at 1 p.m. at Penn State Lacrosse Field, while a Senior Day clash with the Pride is set for Noon.