No. 9 M. Lacrosse and No. 6 W. Lacrosse Continue Season of Winning
Freshman standout Mac O’Keefe (Syosset, N.Y.) set a new freshman scoring record at Penn State, contributing eight this past weekend.
Four of those goals were part of a 6-0 run by Penn State at the start of the second quarter, which ultimately propelled Penn State to a victory.
Grant Ament (Doylestown, Pa.) added three goals and four assists to the tally, and senior anchor and attackman Nick Aponte (West Islip, N.Y.) helped keep Penn State in the lead with two goals and two assists.
Penn State had 42 shots to Villanova’s 52, with 27 Blue and White shots being on goal.
Freshman goaltender Colby Kneese (Dallas, Texas) started in goal for the third week in a row, and logged his fourth collegiate win.
Penn State also dominated on faceoffs, winning 17 of the 32 for the day thanks to freshman Gerard Arceri (St. James, N.Y.).
The team will host both Penn and Furman University this coming week, playing Penn at noon on Saturday and Furman University at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7.
On the women’s side, No. 6 W. Lacrosse also broke a record; the team is 5-0 for the first time since 1993 after a hard-earned 9-8 win against No. 14 Cornell this weekend.
A joint effort between senior Steph Lazo (Stevensville, Md.) and sophomore Madison Carter (Davidsonville, Md.) secured the first goal of the game just under three minutes into the first quarter.
Abby Smucker (Bel Air, Md.) came in clutch for the Lions, bringing Penn State back into the lead after a Cornell goal.
Kayla Brisolari (Crofton, Md.) and Lazo each scored a goal to gain a 4-1 advantage, but Cornell turned up the heat and scored three rapid-fire goals that tied up the game.
Katie O’Donnell (West Chester, Pa.), Taylor Bleistein (Bayville, N.Y.), and Maggie Gallagher (Bel Air, Md.) each contributed a goal to return the lead to the Blue and White.
It was freshman defenseman Kristin Roberto (Miller Place, N.Y.) who caused a huge turnover that ultimately led to Penn State claiming a tight 9-8 win over Cornell.
The team heads to Maryland this coming weekend to take on Loyola Maryland 3 p.m. The women will then return to host James Madison next Wednesday at 4 p.m.