Penn State finishes strong in an 11-8 victory. In a heavy rain occurrence, at Panzer Stadium on the PSU campus, the Penn State Nittany Lions Men’s Lacrosse team (2-4) overcame errant shots and turnovers to get the best of the #17 John Hopkins Blue Jays (2-4).
Jacob Angelus (2g) hit rope just 1:09 in to put Hopkins up, 1-0.
Neither team would hit paydirt until the 5:15 mark when Mike Sickler (1g) knotted things up. A minute seven later, Mac O’Keefe (4g,1a) converted a feed from Jake Morin (1a). This gave the Lions a lead at 2-1. Jack Keogh (2a) supplied the helper for Cole Williams (2g,1a) Williams did the same for the Angelus second tally before O’Keefe ended the first quarter at 3-3.
Joey Epstein (2g) banged in a feed from Keogh on the EMO and the goal would be Epstein’s 100th career point. Unimpressed, TJ Malone (2g, 2a), Dylan Foulds (2g,2a), Jack Traynor (2g,1a), and a second from Foulds would have the Lions roaring and closing the half with PSU in front, 7-4.
Even less impressed, Hopkins outscored their hosts, 3-1 in the third with markers from Garrett Degnon (2g), Epstein, and Cole Williams picking up his 9th. Penn State could only manage a single goal when Malone snagged his 14th.
The Lions entered the final quarter with an 8-7 lead that was erased when Degnon picked up his 10th. Did someone mention Mac O’Keefe? Because he would score his 13th at 9:55 then his 14th with 4:42 to go. Traynor recorded his second of the game second of the season to seal the impressive 11-8 victory.
The game marked the 200th PSU win for Head Coach, Jeff Tambroni. As Colby Kneese and Gerard Arceri go, so goes Penn State. Kneese made 15 saves and Arceri was 15 of 19 from the “X”. Josh Kirson had 9 stops for the Blue Jays.
Shots were even at 39-39 with JHU having the edge with shots on goal, 23-20. Penn State had 22 turnovers as compared to the 14 for the visitors. Hopkins had a 39-35 ground ball edge but Penn State was 18 of 23 on face-offs. Penn State finishes strong in an 11-8 victory.