No. 3 M. Lacrosse Continues Historic Season of Winning
On Saturday, M. Lacrosse hosted No. 10 Penn at home, and it was a battle from the first faceoff.
Penn took the lead early on in the first quarter, giving themselves a 3-0 lead. Penn State notched a goal and headed into the second quarter down, 4-1.
Sophomore midfielder Nick Spillane (Franklin Square, N.Y.) turned up the heat as he scored in the second quarter and Nick Aponte (West Islip, N.Y.) and Mac O’Keefe (Syosset, N.Y.) each contributed goals of their own.
It was in the the third quarter that Penn State truly showed their dominance, however, as the team rallied to post seven goals. Spillane scored another goal, followed by performances from Kevin Hill (Webster, N.Y.) and Matt Florence (Greenwood Village, Colo.) to give Penn State an 11-9 lead.
Spillane was the name on everyone’s lips in the fourth quarter as the midfielder found the back of the twine twice, even scoring the game winning goal. The 14-13 win was a nail-biter that would set Penn State up for success against Furman University just three days later.
Despite the close 12-10 win over Furman this past Wednesday at home, Penn State maintained the lead for the entire game.
O’Keefe, Aponte, and Spillane lit the fire and opened the first quarter with one goal apiece and allowing just one Furman goal.
The Blue and White surged ahead in the second quarter thanks to work put in by Spillane, Florence, Aponte, Nick McEvoy (Washington, D.C.), and Mike Sutton (Sewell, N.J.), who all bested the Furman goalie to bring the score to a comfortable 7-3 in Penn State’s favor.
A strong third quarter performance by Dan Craig (Shelburne, Ontario) and a toe drag followed by a bounce shot from Hill saw Penn State rise up to an 11-6 lead, but Furman was ready to turn up the heat in the fourth and final quarter.
Furman came out on fire in the early minutes of the fourth, notching four goals to bring the team within a single point of tying things up.
However, it was Ryan Keenan (Smithtown, N.Y.) who kept Penn State afloat as some neat stickhandling saw the attackman beat a Furman defender and find the back of the net for the winning goal, 12-10.
No. 3 Penn State will continue its rise to fame next Saturday in Cambridge, MA as the team takes on Harvard at noon.