May 3, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
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THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Penn State (7-6, 4-2 CAA) will host No. 16 Massachusetts (9-4, 4-2 CAA) in the semifinals of the CAA Playoffs at Jeffrey Field at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. The Nittany Lions earned the No. 2 seed in the play-off, while Massachusetts holds the No. 3 seed. The Nittany Lions are coming off a 9-4 road loss to No. 8 Hofstra last Saturday. With the win, Hofstra clinched the No. 1 seed in the CAA semifinal, and will take on the No. 4 seed Delaware at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4.
Leading Penn State's offense thus far this season are Shane Sturgis (17 goals, 16 assists), Matt Mackrides (20 goals, nine assists), Jack Forster (12 goals, one assist), Nick Dolik (10 goals, two assists) and Gavin Ahern (eight goals, one assist). Penn State's midfield is led by Colton Vosburgh (nine goals, three assists), Kyle VanThof (six goals, seven assists), and Tom LaCrosse (seven goals, three assists). The Lion defense is led by senior Matt Bernier and freshman goalie Austin Kaut.
The No. 16-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen are coming off an 11-5 win over conference opponent Delaware last Saturday, April 30. The Minutemen are lead in scoring by sophomore attackman Will Manny (20 goals, 21 assists), junior attackman Art Kell (22 goals, 14 assists), junior midfielder Anthony Biscardi (18 goals, 10 assists), and senior midfielder Ryan Hantverk (16 goals, eight assists).
AHERN HAS STANDOUT GAME
AGAINST No. 8 HOFSTRA
Freshman attackman Gavin Ahern netted two goals for the Nittany Lions in Penn State's 9-4 loss to No. 8 Hofstra on Saturday. Ahern's two goals led Penn State in scoring while freshman goalie Austin Kaut had eight saves and nine goals against in the game.
MACKRIDES, BOGERT EARN CAA PLAYER
AND ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS
Junior captain Matt Mackrides earned his first CAA Player of the Week Honor of the year, and freshman defenseman Stephen Bogert earned his first CAA Rookie of the Week Honor after the Nittany Lions' win over No. 19 Delaware last Saturday. Mackrides scored on four of his five shots on goal and added an assist in the win. Bogert logged a team-high seven groundballs and helped limit Delaware to just three goals on a total of 39 shots (15 on goal).
LIONS CLINCH CAA PLAYOFF SPOT
WITH KEY WIN OVER #19 DELAWARE
With the victory over No. 19 Delaware last Saturday, Penn State improved to 4-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play, clinching a conference play-off spot for the first time in Penn State's two years in the league.
STURGIS EARNS SECOND
CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONOR
Freshman Shane Sturgis earned his second CAA Rookie of the Week Honor after the Nittany Lions' loss to Drexel last Saturday. Sturgis helped pace Penn State this weekend with a goal and three assists in a narrow one-goal loss. Sturgis has passed out 15 assists this season, which rank him third in the league. Sturgis' 30 total points on the year is tied for fifth-best among conference leaders.
HENNEGHAN CLINCHES WIN OVER LEHIGH
Sophomore face-off man Danny Henneghan scored the game-winner in overtime to secure Penn State's 8-7 victory over Lehigh. Henneghan also had five ground balls in the Lions' match-up against the Mountain Hawks and won nine of 19 face-offs. Henneghan now has three goals on the year.
HENNEGHAN TALLIES FIRST MULTI-POINT GAME AGAINST ST. JOSEPH'S
Sophomore face-off man Danny Henneghan (Beverly Hills, Mich.) registered his first two goals of the season in the Lion's match-up against the St. Joseph's Hawks last Saturday, earning the first multi-point game of his Nittany Lion career. Henneghan also won 14 of 21 face-offs for the Nittany Lions and led the team with seven ground balls.
KAUT EARNS CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND THIRD ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONOR
Kaut, a first-time CAA Player of the Week winner and now three-time rookie of the week, tallied a current national-best 25 saves in Penn State's 8-7 upset win at No. 10 Massachusetts Saturday. Kaut's .781 single-game save percentage is a career-best, while his .669 (99/148) season save percentage ranks among the league's best among mainstay keepers.
VANTHOF NOTCHES 4 GOALS;
KAUT SETS RECORD AGAINST #10 UMASS
Sophomore Kyle VanThof (Penfield, N.Y.) had a game-high four goals in the Nittany Lions upset of No. 10 Massachusetts. Freshman goalie Austin Kaut (Morton, Pa.) had a game-high 25 saves against 32 shots. Kaut's 25 stops stand as the most saves registered in a game by any player in NCAA play this season as of 3/21.
STURGIS EARNS CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
HONOR FOR VILLANOVA, RUTGERS
Sturgis tallied eight points in the Nittany Lions' split of two games on the week. The frosh tallied a goal and three assists during PSU's loss at Villanova, then scored four of Penn State's final five goals to break a tie and top No. 19 Rutgers Saturday. Sturgis leads the Nittany Lions, and is among the league leaders, with eight goals and a total of 14 points on the season.
STURGIS LEADS LION CHARGE OVER
Freshman Shane Sturgis scored four goals and added an assist to lead Penn State to an 11-6 win over No. 19 Rutgers on 3/12. Sturgis scored his goals in the final 15:05, helping Penn State turn a close 7-6 game into an 11-6 win over the ranked Scarlet Knights.
KAUT EARNS SECOND CAA ROOKIE OF
THE WEEK HONOR FOR OSU GAME
Penn State Nittany Lion men's lacrosse player Austin Kaut (Morton, Pa.) has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week for the week ending March 6. The award is the second this year for the freshman goalie Kaut tallied 16 saves in Penn State's 6-5 triple-overtime loss to No. 12 Ohio State on Saturday.
KAUT SUPERB IN HARD FOUGHT
LOSS TO NO. 3 NOTRE DAME
Freshman goalie Austin Kaut was superb in Penn State's tough 6-2 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame on 2/27. Kaut kept Penn State close (trailing only 3-2 in the fourth period), facing a flurry of Irish shots and collecting 15 saves and posting a gaudy .714 save percentage.
KAUT NAMED CAA MEN'S
LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn State Nittany Lion men's lacrosse player Austin Kaut (Morton, Pa.) has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week for the week ending February 20. Kaut earned the honor after earning a victory in his first game as Penn State's goalkeeper. Kaut, in his first collegiate game and head coach Jeff Tambroni's first contest as head coach at Penn State, tallied 10 saves against 17 shots in the Nittany Lions' 9-7 win over Binghamton. He also picked up two ground balls in the victory.