No. 2/3 M. Lacrosse (8-0) made program history this past Friday as they defeated Fairfield 9-8 to create the best starting record ever by Penn State M. Lacrosse.
The tight score was nerve-wracking for fans, but the Lions knew they had it under control.
Despite Fairfield scoring first, Nick Aponte (West Islip, N.Y.) put Penn State up on the board in the first quarter. Fairfield notched two more goals, giving them a 3-1 edge.
The Stags once again took the lead early on in the fourth (5-3), but the Lions would have none of this and efforts from Ryan Keenan (Smithtown, N.Y.), Mac O’Keefe (two goals) (Syosset), Florence, and Aponte put Penn State in the lead by two (7-5).
The fourth quarter was heated, and the Stags put down three goals to start the fourth period, leaving Penn State with plenty of work to do in order to achieve the win.
A breakout play by freshman faceoff man Gerard Arceri (St. James, N.Y.) helped to seal the victory for Penn State. Arceri won the faceoff and spontaneously sprinted down the field, shocking the Stags’ defense as he put one in the back of the net to take the lead one final time.
It was Mike Sutton (Sewell, N.J.) who regained possession in the offensive zone, took the ball behind the net, then ran out and hammered in a shot from the left wing to secure the ninth and final Penn State goal.
Freshman goalie Colby Kneese (Dallas, Texas) made a critical save for the Blue and White in the final seconds of the game to lock in this historic victory for Penn State M. Lacrosse.
The men’s team will host Cleveland State this coming Saturday at noon.
The W. Lacrosse team came up big this weekend as the team took down Rutgers in New Jersey as Penn State’s Big Ten opener.
While the 18-7 trouncing of the Scarlet Knights was indeed a team effort, junior Katie O’Donnell (West Chester, Pa.) and sophomore Madison Carter (Davidsonville, Md.) could perhaps be called MVP after scoring four goals apiece.
Rutgers scored again, but this only ignited a fire in Penn State that propelled the Lions to go on an 8-1 scoring streak to grant them a 12-6 lead heading into the half.
Shelby Wells (Timonium, Md.) scored the final two goals for Penn State, and Rutgers was able to find the twine twice more to result in a Penn State 18-8 victory in the team’s first Big Ten competition of the year.
Goalie Cat Rainone (Newtown Square, Pa.) tallied nine saves for the Lions to improve to 7-1 for the season.
The women head to New Jersey yet again to face No. 7 Princeton this Tuesday for a 2 p.m. faceoff. Good luck, ladies!