Penn State vs. Loyola
February 28, 2009
|Chris Hogan||(3, 1)|
|Will Donley||(1, 0)|
|Billy Lloyd||(0, 1)|
|Colton Vosburgh||(1, 0)|
|Rob Forster||(1, 0)|
|Jack Forster||(1, 0)|
|Drew Adams||12 (0.600)|
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|Cooper Macdonnell||(3, 0)|
|Shane Koppens||(3, 0)|
|Taylor Ebsary||(0, 1)|
|Jake Willcox||(1, 0)|
|Jimmy Daly||(1, 0)|
|Matt Langan||(0, 1)|
|Jake Hagelin||10 (0.588)|
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|The Game Story:|
|In its final year of play in the ECAC Lacrosse League, the Penn State Nittany Lions dropped an 8-7 heartbreaker to No. 16 Loyola in the conference opener for both squads. Penn State put forth a furious fourth quarter rally but fell one goal shy in its upset bid. Sophomore Chris Hogan (Wyckoff, N.J.) led Penn State with three goals and an assist.|
Loyola notched the game's first goal early when Shane Koppens scored unassisted at the 13:15 mark to give the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, Loyola got a goal on a fast break from Cooper MacDonnell to go up 2-0. Nittany Lion goalie Drew Adams (Springfield, Pa.) kept Penn State close with a number of saves until MacDonnell scored his second goal with 2:53 left in the first period to give LC a 3-0 lead after one period.
Each team's defense stiffened during the first portion of the second period, with neither squad scoring for more than half the period. Loyola nearly scored on a man-up situation with 6:00 left in the half, but a crease violation negated the goal. Penn State had its own man-up chance with under 4:00 remaining but could not score as well and the second period remained scoreless until the half, allowing Loyola to head to the break with a 3-0 lead.
Penn State withstood an early penalty in the third period, keeping Loyola from getting a shot off. Sophomore Colton Vosburgh (Kennett Square, Pa.) then scored an unassisted goal seconds after the Nittany Lions killed the penalty, cutting Loyola's lead to 3-1. But the Greyhounds answered back immediately when Jake Wilcox scored unassisted half a minute later to put LC back up by three, 4-1, with 12:56 left in the third period. Greyhound Jimmy Daly scored an unassisted goal off a rebound at the 5:38 mark before Hogan answered with an unassisted goal with just 2:19 left in the period. Still, the Greyhounds maintained their three goal lead after three periods, 5-2.
Hogan pulled Penn State to within two with an unassisted goal just a minute into the period, breaking right and firing a shot past Loyola goalie Jake Hagelin from 15 yards out. But MacDonnell answered again for the Greyhounds, sending the ball past Adams from close range to put LC up 6-3 with 11:39 left in the game.
Penn State freshman Jack Forster (Jenkintown, Pa.) scored with 10:19 on a play that also saw Loyola hit with a slashing penalty. The goal cut the Greyhound lead to 6-4 and gave Penn State a one minute man-up opportunity. Loyola was able to kill the entire period by maintaining possession for the bulk of the penalty and hold on to its two goal lead with just over 9:00 left to play.
Loyola forced Penn State into three straight failed clears and then added a goal at the 6:25 mark when Koppens took a pass from Matt Langan on a fast break to take a 7-4 lead with 6:25 to play. Sophomore Will Donley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took a Billy Lloyd (West Chester, Pa.) and scored with 5:11 left, pulling Penn State to within two again and then Hogan notched his third goal of the game off the ensuing face-off and the Nittany Lions trailed by only one, 7-6, with 4:36 left to play.
But Loyola's Koppens scored less than a minute later and the Greyhounds led by two once more, 8-6, with 3:55 left in the game. Another Loyola slash with 1:31 left gave Penn State a one minute extra man opportunity and Rob Forster (Jenkintown, Pa.) took advantage, taking a nice pass from Hogan and scoring with just :37 left to pull Penn State to within one, 8-7. Loyola was able to get possession on the face-off following the goal and then a Penn State penalty allowed the Greyhounds to win down the clock with a man-up and kill the clock.
Loyola outshot Penn State 37-32 and won 11 of the 18 face-offs in the game. The Greyhounds held a 32-26 edge in ground balls and forced Penn State into a 13 for 19 showing on clears. Adams ended the game with 12 saves for Penn State while Hagelin had ten for Loyola.
Penn State is 0-3, 0-1 in the ECAC on the year while Loyola is 2-1, 1-0 in the ECAC. The Nittany Lions conclude an early three-game home stand next Saturday, March 7, when they welcome No. 18 Ohio State into Holuba Hall for a 1 p.m. game.
GAME SUMMARY: Penn State 7, #16 Loyola 8
1st: LC 13:15 (Koppens); LC 9:12 (MacDonnell, Ebsary); LC 2:53 (MacDonnell)
2nd: No scoring
3rd: PSU 13:27 (Vosburgh); LC 12:56 (Wilcox); LC 5:38 (Daly); PSU 2:19 (Hogan)
4th: PSU 13:58 (Hogan); LC 11:39 (MacDonnell); PSU 10:19 (J. Forster); LC 6:25 (Koppens, Langan); PSU 5:11 (Donley, Lloyd); PSU 4:36 (Hogan); LC 3:55 (Koppens); PSU 0:37 (Forster, Hogan)
GROUNDBALLS: PSU 26, LC 32 MAN-UP OPPS: PSU 1-3, LC 0-4
SHOTS (SH-SOG): PSU 32-17, LC 37-20 -- FACE-OFFS: PSU 8-17; LC 11-17
GOALIE SUMMARY: PSU Drew Adams (60:00, 12 SV, 8 GA); LC Jake Hagelin (60:00, 10 SV, 7 GA)
SCORE BY QUARTERS: 1 2 3 4 F
PENN STATE 0 0 2 5 7
LOYOLA 3 0 2 3 8
RECORDS: Penn State 0-3, 0-1 ECAC; Loyola 2-1, 1-0 ECAC