Lion’s Lax comes up short, 11-9. The #6 Penn State Nittany Lions kicked off their 2021 NCAA Division 1 schedule at HPS In Piscataway, NJ against the #17 Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Things started well for Penn State (0-1) who were the benefit of the TD Malone- Dylan Foulds show.
Malone (3g,2a) notched the first goal of the season for the visitors then turned playmaker to set up Foulds (2g,2a) six minutes later to start the Lions snarling. Player of game Connor Kirst (3g, 4a) put on his superhero cape and quickly converted an Adam Charalambides set up on the man up just fifty ticks after the Foulds goal and, just like that, the Scarlet Knights were looking to tame the Lions. Dan Reaume (3g,1a) took all of :43 ticks to get it back to a two-goal PSU edge.
Goals were coming fast and furious and Kirst took his turn just nine seconds later to get it to 3-2. David Sprock (1g) continued the frenzied pace :57 later to get it to 3-3. The deluge continued after all of thirty-five seconds when Kirst hit a streaking Knobloch.
Stop me if you heard this. It took :40 for the visitors to knot it up off another set up from Foulds to Malone. The period ended 4-4 and everyone could take a breath or two. The pace slowed and it took 2:30 for Charalambides to beat Kolby Kneese, the PSU netminder.
Once again, stop me if you heard this. Malone set up, who else? Dylan Foulds for the equalizer at the 4:50 mark. Knobloch closed the half with the Knights holding a one-goal lead at 6-5. Reaume scored a pair of unassisted goals to put the visitors in front, 7-6.
Just when it looked as if the quarter would end that way, Kirst stepped up with just :02 left to put Rutgers back even at 7-7. Kieran Mullins (1g) made it two in a row before Mac O’Keefe (1g) stopped the bleeding. Charalambides and Scott Ross (1g) tallied and Rutgers seemed in charge.
Hold that thought. with 2 minutes and 31 seconds to play, Malone concerted a Reaume feed to make it 10-9. Kirst had one more dagger and set up Charalambides to ice it.
Dis and Dat
Is it a one-game thing or is Mac O’Keefe not the same without Grant Ament? It was a game of the Kirst’s, Connor accumulated his seven points on 10 shots, and his brother, Colin stopped 15 Lions shots. Face-0ffs were even with PSU winning 12 of 23. Jake Glatz went 7 of 13 and Gerard Arceri had a rare off game with 5 of 10. Ground balls favored the Knights, 31-29 with shots on go went to PSU at 24-19. Lion’s Lax comes up short against Rutgers. For more lacrosse action click here.