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No. 1 Penn State Men’s Lacrosse (10-0, 1-0) impressed even the most skeptical of critics this past weekend as the Lions trounced No. 5 Ohio State 9-4 in the first conference game of the season.

Although the heroes of a win are usually the offense, the Penn State defense and goalie Colby Kneese (Dallas, Texas) are the driving forces behind the significant Blue and White win.

Chris Sabia (Harleysville, Pa.) and Kevin Fox (Annapolis, Md.) forced multiple miscues and prevented the Buckeyes from getting close enough to the net to even the score. Kneese notched 13 saves.

Offensively, the usual standouts kept up their almost-expected onslaught of goals.

Mike Sutton (Sewell, N.J.), Nick Aponte (West Islip, N.Y.), Grant Ament (Doylestown), and Mac O’Keefe (Syosset, N.Y.), recorded six goals between the four of them.

The other three goals all belonged to midfielders. Dan Craig (Shelburne, Ontario), Nick Spillane (Franklin Square, N.Y.), and Kevin Hill (Webster, N.Y.) rounded out the tally of an impressive nine goals.

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Although this Big Ten game was handily won, the No. 1 Lions have a formidable opponent to face next weekend in No. 9 Maryland. The Lions will travel to College Park, Maryland for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday.

The No. 6 – ranked women’s team (12-1, 3-0) also found success against Ohio State, defeating the Buckeyes 16-12 thanks to a strong second half performance.

Sophomore Madison Carter (Davidsonville, Md.) helped to propel the Lions to victory with a stellar five-goal performance. Teammate Abby Smucker (Bel Air, Md.) was close behind, adding three goals to the high-scoring game.

Senior powerhouse Steph Lazo (Stevensville, Md.) offered up two goals and three assists while Maggie Gallagher (Bel Air, Md.) and Taylor Bleistein (Bayville, N.Y.) each contributed one goal.

It was a weekend of superstardom for the Penn State lacrosse goalies – Cat Rainone (Newtown Square, Pa.) recorded a career-high 11 saves for the Blue and White.

The Penn State defense and midfield caused 10 Ohio State miscues.

Next weekend is senior day for the women, who will take on Virginia at home on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Congrats to both the men’s and women’s teams on amazing seasons so far!

Kristin is a member of the Class of 2017 at Penn State University. She is a Public Relations and Spanish double major who will be relocating to Denver post-grad. Kristin is passionate about writing stories that foster a sense of community through athletics. When she is not writing, Kristin is an avid triathlete who is always game for a run with friends.

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