This past weekend the No. 3 men’s lacrosse team (7-0) hit the road to head to Harvard to face the Crimson.
Although yet again another intense nail-biter, the Blue and White walked away victorious with a 15-12 edge over Harvard. With this win, Penn State moves to 7-0, a history-matching undefeated streak for the men’s team.
Harvard began the day by notching the first goal of the game, but the goal was short-lived as attackman Mike Sutton (Sewell, N.J.) quickly found the Tide’s twine to even it up. Matt Florence (Greenwood Village, Colo.) and Grant Ament (Doylestown, Pa.) got on the board, but Harvard tied up the game before the second quarter.
The third quarter was when Penn State found its groove and surged ahead.
The fourth quarter was loaded with action as Penn State secured six goals and Harvard seven in the fifteen minute period.
Contributions from Sutton, O’Keefe (two goals), Nick Aponte (West Islip, N.Y.), Keenan, and defender Chris Sabia (Harleysville, Pa.), who took advantage of a breakaway, kept Harvard at bay as the Tide attempted to gain a foothold with which to take the lead.
Goalkeeper Colby Kneese (Dallas, Texas) recorded 15 saves for the Lions.
Penn State hosts Fairfield University at 4 p.m. this Friday.
On the women’s side of things, No. 6 W. Lacrosse (7-1) fell to No.10 Colorado, 16-11 this past Sunday at home, marking the team’s first loss of the season.
Colorado was first to find the back of the net, but an unreturned 4-0 run by Abby Smucker (Bel Air, Md.), Steph Lazo (Stevensville, Md.), Madison Carter (Davidsonville, Md.), and Katie O’Donnell (West Chester, Pa.) gave Penn State some breathing room.
Colorado struck again, but two quick goals from Maggie Gallagher (Bel Air, Md.) once again gave Penn State an edge with a 6-2 lead at the half.
The Buffaloes came out strong in the second half, taking the lead early on before O’Donnell scored again to return the lead to Penn State, the last time the Blue and White would have the upperhand for the day.
Despite two goals from Carter and another from O’Donnell, who tallied a career-high six points this game, Colorado had sealed their victorious fate with a 16-11 win.
Goalie Cat Rainone (Newtown Square, Pa.) made eight saves for the Lions.
No. 6 Penn State returns to the pitch next Sunday at 1 p.m. to host Rutgers.