Penn State Drops Another One Goal Game

Kevin M. Neibauer- LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

Things figured to be difficult for Penn State. Going up against the Bucknell Bison (6-1).

The Bison boasts the 9th best offense in NCAA Division I.

Bucknell is led by the dynamic, Connor Davis who came in averaging 4.67 points a game

The upside? The Nittany Lions held Davis to just two goals but, dropped to 2-6 with the 12-11 loss.

Let’s Get it Started

Bucknell jumped out a 2-0 lead with Harry Welford (2g) slamming home a Cam Doolan set-up at 12:54.

Just :21 later, Frankie Higgins (1g,1a) notched his 2nd of the campaign. Nick Crovatto (3a) started the play.

Jeb Brenfleck played quarterback on a Penn State man advantage with Dan Reaume (1g,2a) reaping the reward.

It stayed a 2-1 game for all of thirty one seconds when Kyle Aldridge (1g) knotted it up with his 3rd.

Penn State was clicking and Mac Costan (2g) gave PSU the lead thirteen seconds later

Cam Doolan (1g,1a) and Costin exchanged markers.

Ethan Gylenhall (1g) with a buzzer beater, brought the curtain down on the opening quarter with a 4-4 stand-off

To the Second

Reaume sent a beautiful pass that Jack Kelly (3g) buried with just :43 played and Penn State went in front.

Welford converted a Dutch Furlong pass and, it was tied for the fourth time.

Alston Tarry (3g) matched by Brenfleck (1g, 3a) made it tie number five.

Bucknell hit net twice in the final minute.Tarry connected on number 14 with :31 on the clock.

The aforementioned Davis pushed it 8-6 with just :19 on the game clock

The half concluded with no further markers

Two Down, Two to Go

The third quarter would only reveal three goals. Jake Morin (1g, 1a) closed it to a one goal game at 11:42.

Unfortunately for Penn State, Bucknell shook that off courtesy of Dutch Furlong (1g, 1a) and the hat trick from Tarry at the 9:00 mark.

Despite tbe amount of time left, that would be the final goal in the quarter and Bucknell seemed to be pulling away with a three goal 10-7 lead.

Can the Lions Come Back?

With just two and a half played, Matthew Burkausas (1g) made it a four goal edge.

Jack Kelly got that one back with his 14th. A minute later Davis connected on goal number 30 and things looked bleak for the Lions

Save thst thought..Kelly on the man-up and the first two of the season from Canyon Birch got it to 12:11.

The second Birch goal came with :31 left.

Penn State had a chance when they got the ball with sixteen left.

Bucknell clamped down but, PSU got off a final shot that went wide and that, as they say, was all she wrote.


• Shots were 45-40 Bucknell with the Bison having a 25-22 advantage on shots on goal.

• Turnovers had 25 for Penn State compared to 17 for Bucknell..

• Face offs went the way of Penn State, 14-12.

Hudson Bohn was 14 for 26.

• Goaltending was a subplot.

Max Nolan started for the Bison and was replaced after 7:10 after allowing 3 goals on 4 shots.

Rich O’ Halloran was the difference with his 10 saves.

Aleric Fyock gave up 8 goals with seven saves in the first half.

Jack Fracyon had 6 saves to go with his four saves

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

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