STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The No. 16 University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team engaged in an entertaining game with Penn State on Saturday at the Nittany Lions’ Holuba Hall. However, PSU was able to score the game’s final three goals, breaking a tie and sending the Lions to a 14-11 victory.
Penn (2-2) and Penn State (2-2) had not met in nearly 40 years in men’s lacrosse, and the game proved worth the wait. The teams had six ties during Saturday’s contest, the last one at 11-11 after Pat Berkery netted an unassisted goal with 12:10 left in the fourth quarter. However, Matt Florence gave Penn State a lead it would not relinquish with 10:41 to play. More than six minutes went by before Dan Craig was able to double the Nittany Lions’ lead, and then Florence closed out the scoring with 1:35 left to set the final score.
Nick Doktor had a big day for Penn, and he got the Quakers off to a good start by scoring the first two goals of the game. Florence and TJ Sanders evened the score at 2-2 with goals just 1:26 apart, before Chris Hupfeldt put the Quakers back in front off a Doktor feed. Dan Craig scored his first of the day for PSU, and then Florence scored with eight seconds left in the period to make it 4-3 after one.
As wide-open as the first quarter was, the second was even more dynamic. Sanders made it 5-3 Lions just 34 seconds into the period, but then Peter Laco, Chris Moriarty and Hupfeldt netted goals for Penn to put the Quakers up 6-5 midway through the period. Brian Prestreau finished a Craig feed for Penn State to tie the game up at 6-6, a goal that was quickly answered by Hupfeldt’s third tally of the day. However, PSU scored the last two goals before halftime, as James Burke and Mike Sutton found the net to give the Lions an 8-7 advantage at the break.
Penn State upped its lead to 10-7 with goals by Sanders and Sutton early in the third, but Joe McCallion and then Reilly Hupfeldt finished feeds from Doktor (Hupfeldt’s coming in a man-up situation) to make the score 10-9. Sanders scored an unassisted goal with 2:09 left in the period, but McCallion again fired home a feed from Doktor and the third quarter ended with Penn State’s lead 11-10.
Berkery had the unassisted goal to tie things up at 11-11, but after that Penn State made the plays to get the win.
Doktor finished the day with two goals and five assists for seven points. Chris Hupfeldt had three goals, while McCallion scored twice and Laco added two points (1g, 1a).
Florence finished Saturday’s game with four goals and an assist, while Sanders led the PSU attack with four goals and two assists. Dan Craig and Mike Sutton both scored twice.
Jimmy Sestilio went the distance in goal for Penn and made 18 saves. At the other end, Connor Darcey had seven stops for PSU.
Penn is back in action on Tuesday night, traveling to Lafayette to face off with the Leopards at 7:30 p.m.
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