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