No. 1/2 M. Lacrosse Sees First Season Loss to No. 8 Maryland, No. 5 W. Lacrosse Defeats No. 15 Virginia on Senior Day
Despite the usual trio of powerhouses in Mac O’Keefe (Syosset, N.Y.), Nick Aponte (West Islip, N.Y.), and Grant Ament (Doylestown, Pa.), the Penn State offense simply could not find enough space in the Terps’ defense to surge ahead.
O’Keefe posted three goals of the day for his incredible seventh hat-trick of the season, while Aponte, Ament, and Mike Sutton (Sewell, N.J.) each logged two goals apiece.
Midfielders Nick Spillane (Franklin Square, N.Y.) and Ryan Keenan (Smithtown, N.Y.) each contributed a tally for the Blue and White.
Defensively, the Lions held strong despite the onslaught of shots (40) from Maryland. Chris Sabia (Harleysville, Pa.) was a major reason the team was able to cause four turnovers that were crucial to keeping Penn State in the game.
Goalie Colby Kneese (Dallas, Texas) stepped up his game despite the loss, recording 10 saves for the Blue and White.
The team will travel to Maryland yet again next weekend to face the storied No. 11 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays. Good luck, Lions!
The No. 5 women’s team (13-1, 3-0) saw tremendous success on Senior Day at home this weekend as the team competed against No. 15 Virginia and won, 12-8.
Although Kayla Brisolari (Crofton, Pa.) scored first, giving the Lions a 1-0 lead, Virginia went on a 6-1 scoring run that put the Lions in a dangerous position.
Luckily, performances by Kelly Daggett (Bainbridge, Pa.), Steph Lazo (Stevensville, Md.), and Katie O’Donnell (West Chester, Pa.) helped put Penn State just two goals behind Virginia.
Abby Smucker and O’Donnell worked to even the score going into the half, but Virginia quickly gained a one-goal edge yet again.
Penn State began to fire on all cylinders in the second half as Brisolari, Smucker, O’Donnell, Maggie Gallagher (Bel Air, Md.), and Madison Carter (Davidsonville, Md.) all scored to propel the tally to a 12-8 win the Blue and White’s favor.
Senior and goalie Cat Rainone (Newtown Square, Pa.) made a career-high 14 saves for the Lions.
The women will travel to Illinois this Thursday to face No. 17 Northwestern. We wish both our men’s and women’s teams success this week in their games!