April 23, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
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THIS WEEK'S GAME
Coming off a dramatic 11-10 overtime upset of then-No. 11 Hofstra at Jeffrey Field last Saturday, Penn State (2-9, 1-2 CAA) heads to Towson (5-5, 3-0 CAA) to face the No. 14 Tigers on Saturday, April 24 at noon. The game will be televised live on WMAR in Baltimore and will be tape-delayed on Sunday, April 25 at 5 p.m. on ESPNU. A live stat link for the game is available at GoPSUsports.com.
Penn State returns home for its regular season finale when CAA-foe Delaware visits Jeffrey Field on April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Coverage of senior night will be available on GoPSUsports.com. The Colonial Athletic Association Semifinals are next up on Weds., May 5 with the conference final scheduled for Sat., May 8.
LAST TIME OUT
Persistence paid of for the Nittany Lion men's lacrosse team last Saturday night at Jeffrey Field as it pulled off the 11-10 overtime win against then-No. 11 Hofstra. The victory marked the first CAA win of the season for the Nittany Lions, who are now 2-9 (1-2 CAA) on the year. With the loss, Hofstra fell to 7-4 (1-3 CAA).
Freshman Nick Dolik got the game-winner in overtime, one of three goals he scored on the day, while Matthew Mackrides added four. Dolik earned CAA Player and Rookie of the Week for his efforts, bcoming the first Nittany Lion to be named CAA Player of the Week.
THE SERIES VS. TOWSON
Penn State trails Towson 4-11 in the overall series, but has not met the Tigers since March of 1995. The Nittany Lions won that game, 15-10.
UNDERCLASSMEN LEAD LIONS ON OFFENSEMACKRIDES, HENNEGHAN IN TOP 10 NATIONALLY
Sophomore Matthew Mackrides, who is currently tied for second in the CAA for goals per game with 2.82 gpg, leads the Nittany Lion offense this year with 31 goals through 11 games. Mackrides isn't the only young player getting it done for the Penn State offense, however. Freshman Billy Gribbin is second on the charts with 19 goals and seven assists and classmate Nick Dolik is third with 16 goals and six assist after netting three against Towson over the weekend. Junior Chris Hogan also has 22 points and is tied with Dolik near the top of the pack. All-in-all a good sign of things to come for these young Lions.
A pair of Nittany Lions are currently ranked in the NCAA's Top 10. Penn State sophomore Matthew Mackrides
was ranked in the NCAA's top 10 in goals per game heading into this week's action. The attackman is currently seventh with 2.82 goals per game average. Senior Charley Henneghan
is ranked sixth nationally in face-off percentage, winning over 60 percent of the time.
DOLIK NAMED CAA PLAYER & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
After netting the game-winner in overtime against No. 11 Hofstra on Saturday, freshman Nick Dolik has been named CAA Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week. The honors are the first for Dolik, and mark Penn State's first CAA Player of the Week accolade since joining the conference.
All told, Dolik netted three goals including the gamewinner in Penn State's 11-10 upset of No. 11 Hofstra Saturday night. Dolik scored all three of his goals after halftime to help the Nittany Lions fight off a persistent Hofstra team that led by as many as five goals at one point. Dolik also had one assist on the night, which came on PSU's equalizing goal to tie the game at 10-10 and send the match-up into overtime. Dolik has 16 goals on the year and six assists, which is third on the Nittany Lion squad.
Dolik's Rookie of the Week nod is Penn State's second such honor this year. Freshman Billy Gribbin also earned the honor the week of March 28 after helping the Nittany Lions to a victory over Saint John's.
MACKRIDES, DOLIK PACE LIONS VS. HOFSTRA
Sophomore Matthew Mackrides and freshman Nick Dolik combined for an incredible seven of the Nittany Lions' 11 goals in the 11-10 overtime upset of then-No. 11 Hofstra. Mackrides paced Penn State with four goals during the team's mid-game charge to close the gap on the Hofstra lead, with Dolik netting his three goals all after halftime.
PSU VICTORIOUS IN SECOND OT GAME OF THE YEAR
After a one-goal loss in overtime at Ohio State, Penn State went into overtime last Saturday against the Hofstra Pride looking for a different outcome and they got it. PSU won the face-off and freshman Nick Dolik took over from there, scoring the gamewinner 50 seconds into the overtime period to upset the Pride.