Penn State vs. Loyola
March 5, 2005
The Game Story:
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., March 5, 2005 - The Penn State men's lacrosse team scored two goals in the final two minutes of the game to seal a 16-14 victory over No. 16 Loyola. Attackman John Eremus (Rosemont, Pa.) tallied five goals while midfielder Greg Gurenlian (Springfield, Pa.) notched two goals and one assist in Penn State's first Eastern College Athletic Conference victory of the season.

The Greyhounds jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after attackman Matt Monfett scored his first of four goals on the day. Eremus responded for the Lions by scoring the next two goals in a one-minute span.

Loyola tied the score again on Patrick Kennedy's goal at the 11:18 mark. Six seconds later, Gurenlian won the ensuing face-off for Penn State and drove down the field for a score. Eremus followed Gurenlian's effort by scoring an extra-man goal on an assist from Will Cutler (Vienna, Va.) to give Penn State a 4-2 lead. Both teams traded goals before Monfett scored with eight seconds left in the opening quarter to cut the Nittany Lion lead to 5-4. Loyola opened the second quarter with three unanswered goals. Monfett notched two of the goals for the Greyhounds while Jordan Rabidou added one more. Penn State answered back scoring four consecutive goals to regain the lead 9-7. Midfielder Will Jones (Annapolis, Md.) scored on an assist from Patrick Heim (Wayne, Pa.) followed by a goal from midfielder Andrew Mackrides (Newtown Square, Pa.), which was his first of the season. Rabidou tallied a goal for Loyola with 2:47 left in the quarter to bring the score to 9-8 in favor of Penn State at halftime.

Both teams netted two goals each in the third quarter. Attackman Nate Whitaker (Great Falls, Va.) scored his first goal of the game to extend his scoring streak to 30 games. Eremus notched his fifth goal, which was also his second extra-man goal of the day on an assist from Heim. Greyhound attackman Shane Koppens and midfielder Andrew Spack scored the goals for Loyola in the quarter to cut the Nittany Lion lead to 11-10.

The Greyhounds tied the score 40 seconds into the fourth quarter on a goal from Greg Leonard. Penn State answered back with goals from Cutler and attackman Gil Pearsall (Carthage, N.Y.) to regain a 13-11 lead. The teams traded goals once again before Loyola added two consecutive extra-man tallies from Pat Shek and Spack to tie the score at 14-14. One minute later, Whitaker scored the game-winner on an assist from Cutler to clinch the victory. Midfielder Mike Jacober, added an insurance goal at the 1:23 mark to bring the final score to 16-14.

Nittany Lion freshman goalkeeper Chris Courteau (Buffalo, N.Y.) played all 60 minutes in his first career start finishing with 17 saves. Greyhound goalie Michael Fretwell also played the entire game finishing with six saves.