Penn State topples No. 1 Denver

Penn State topples No. 1 Denver

Penn State, lacrosse showed its true blue and white colors this weekend while on the road against the No. 1 University of Denver. The squad, which is currently 6-3, bested the Denver Pioneers (7-1), ending a 20 game winning streak held by Denver.

The win, a secure 15-10, was achieved thanks to a real team effort.

“I’m just so proud of my guys, the way they bounced back last weekend,” said head coach Jeff Tambroni.

It was a powerhouse of Dan Craig (Shelburne, Ont.), Ryan Keenan (Smithtown, N.Y.), TJ Sanders (Orillia, Ont.), Matt Florence (Greenwood Village, Colo.), and Grant Ament (Doylestown, Pa.) all scored multiple goals, with Craig and Keenan each notching a hat-trick. Ament, the standout freshman from Doylestown, continued to create his Penn State legacy by earning two goals against Denver.

Other scorers included Kevin Hill (Webster, N.Y.), Mike Sutton (Sewell, N.J.), and Brian Prestreau (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.).

The first quarter proved that this game would be a tough one to win as Denver secured a 3-2 lead over Penn State at the whistle. The second quarter, however, was when Penn State really found its groove, scoring six goals to Denver’s three, creating a nice 8-6 lead for the Nittany Lions.

The third quarter showed continued momentum and motivation by the Nittany Lions, who were solid on defense, only allowing one goal from Denver. The offense held up its end of the bargain, scoring four more goals to add to an impressive 12-7 lead.

With the Lions feeling confident heading into the fourth and final quarter, they earned three more goals, allowing the same amount by Denver to finish up with a decisive and impressive 15-10 win.

Contributing to Penn State’s win was the fact that the Nittany Lions outshot Denver, 33-26, and bested the Pioneers in ground balls 31-27.

showed a great deal of resiliency in this game. We didn’t get off to a great start, but they stayed the course, stayed with each other, and did enough…to come away with a real signature win,” noted Tambroni.

With this incredible confidence boost, the Lions head to Ohio State this coming Saturday to face off against the Ohio State Buckeyes and hopefully come away with another win as stellar as this one. Great job, Nittany Lions!