Always up for a challenge, Penn State Men’s Lacrosse (3-2) headed to Philadelphia on Saturday to face No. 13 in-state challenger UPenn.
Penn State struggled in the first period, falling 3-0 without finding a solid rhythm.
Shaking it off, the Lions gained their momentum in the second period, unleashing a host of goals against the Quakers.
Keeping the momentum going was Dylan Foulds (Port Coquitlam, B.C.), who as assisted by Spillane for the equalizer at the six-minute mark.
Faceoff man Gerard Arceri (St. James, N.Y.) took the ball and ran with it to find the twine and the goal that would boost Penn State to a lead they would not give up for the rest of the game.
O’Keefe and Foulds would round out the second period with a goal apiece and send the Lions to halftime with a solid 6-4 lead over Penn.
Kevin Hill (Webster, N.Y.) opened up the third with an unassisted goal coming off of an Arceri faceoff win for the 7-4 lead.
Despite a Penn goal that brought the Quakers back in equalizing territory (5-7), Tripp Traynor (Downingtown, Pa.) got his first goal of the season and also put the Lions back on firm ground with an 8-5 lead.
In the fourth and final period, Penn found the twine twice, but the Lions held off the Quakers and created two more Blue and White goals.
Chris Sabia (Harleysville, Pa.) worked his way up the field and Spillane bested the keeper one more time to close out the game with a significant 10-7 win over one of the top-ranked teams in the country.
Goalie Colby Kneese (Dallas, Texas) played the full 60 minutes and logged 10 saves for the Lions.
The Blue and White travel to Washington, D.C. this Tuesday to take on Furman University in what is sure to be an exciting game. Then, the team will face challenger Cornell at the U.S. Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Maryland, this coming Saturday at noon.
Good luck to our Nittany Lions!