Penn State vs. Hobart
April 7, 2007
The Game Story:
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.; – April 7, 2007 – The Penn State Nittany Lion lacrosse team, under the guidance of veteran head coach Glenn Thiel, rode a superb defensive effort in the second half to a 12-7 win over visiting Hobart in ECAC Lacrosse League action. The Nittany Lion defense held the nation’s fifth-ranked scoring offense to only one second half goal on its way to the win.

Sophomore Drew Adams (Springfield, Pa.) had 15 saves and classmate Rob Forster notched a hat trick to lead Penn State to the victory. The Nittany Lion defense, led by seniors Dan Saltsman (Concord, N.H.) and Devin Kennedy (Germantown, Md.) and sophomore John Stuckey (Summit, N.J.) allowed Hobart to score three times in the game’s first eight minutes and then clamped down on the Statesmen. Hobart scored only one goal after the break.

Hobart got on the board quick, with Chris David rolling an unassisted goal past Adams at the 14:20 mark. But Penn State answered; when Forster took a Max VanArsdale (Rochester, N.Y.) assist to tie the game at 1-1 with 11:12 left in the first period. Hobart quickly retook the lead on a Jeff Colburn unassisted goal with 9:08 to play in the opening stanza. But once again, Penn State was quick to answer as Brian Boyle (Derry, N.H.) tied the game at 2-2 with an unassisted goal at the7:56 mark.

Less than a minute later, Hobart took its third lead of the game when David scored again, this time off a Nick Currie assist at the 6:59 mark. Nittany Lion junior Bubba Scott (Rockville, Md.) tied the game with a solo goal at the 2:43 mark.

Penn State took its first lead of the game early in the second period when Pat Heim (Wayne, Pa.) scored unassisted at the 13:07 mark. Penn State would up its lead to 5-3 when VanArsdale scored a man-up goal (off an assist from Scott) with 11:41 left in the second. Hobart dug into the lead less than twenty seconds later, however, when Colburn scored off a Jamie Kirk assist at the 11:24 mark, cutting Penn State’s lead to 5-4. VanArsdale scored his second goal, taking an assist from Gil Pearsall (Carthage, N.Y.) with 8:16 left in the first half to give Penn State a 6-4 lead.

The Statesmen, however, used their consistent offensive pressure to score the first half’s final two goals and send the game into halftime locked up at 6-6. Kirk got an unassisted goal with 5:55 left and Daryl Veltman scored an unassisted goal with 1:28 left to tie the game at the break.

After a furious first half, the Penn State defense stepped up and dominated the game, shutting down the high-flying Statesmen, who entered the game averaging 11.70 goals per game. While the Nittany Lion defense and goalie Adams held Hobart in check, the Penn State offense continued to click, using both set schemes and fast breaks to pull away and grab the win.

Hobart got the first goal of the second half, an unassisted tally from Mike Suits at the 14:43 mark, which gave HC a 7-6 lead. But the scored would be Hobart’s last as Penn State would run off six straight goals down the stretch. Scott scored at the 11:38 mark to tie the game at 7-7. Forster would answer with two straight goals to give Penn State a lead it would never relinquish. The first came off a VanArsdale assist at the 10:50 mark and the next came off a stellar fast break, set up with an assist from Andrew Mackrides (Newtown Square, Pa.). The fast break goal came with 7:20 left in the third and was the last score of the third period.

Leading 9-7 with 15:00 to play, Penn State rolled off three goals in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Boyle got his second goal off a Brian Shea (Severna Park, Md.) assist just :42 into the fourth period; Pearsall notched an unassisted goal at the 5:07 mark and Heim got his second goal of the game with just :33 left to post the 12-7 final.

Hobart out shot Penn State 39-35, but Adams’ 15 saves against 22 shots on goal kept the Statesmen in check. Penn State won 11 of 21 face-offs, led by freshman Joe Britt (Fairfax, Va.), who won 10 of 16. VanArsdale had a game-high four points off two goals and two assists while Forster had the hat trick with three goals. Scott also had three points, getting two goals and an assist. While Adams had ten ground balls, Mackrides had five and Britt had four.

Penn State is now 3-5 overall, 2-2 in the ECAC. Hobart is 4-5, 1-3 in conference action. The Nittany Lions will host St. John’s next Saturday in a 1 p.m. game to be played at Jeffrey Field.