Penn State vs. Ohio State
March 10, 2007
The Game Story:
State College, Pa. Ė March 10, 2007 Ė The Penn State Nittany Lion lacrosse team, under the guidance of veteran head coach Glenn Thiel, dropped a heart-breaking 10-8 decision to visiting Ohio State in non-conference menís lacrosse action today. The Nittany Lions scored the first four goals of the game but succumbed to a hot third period by OSU.

Penn State got off to a hot start in the game, scoring the first four goals of the game and leading 4-0 as the first period wound down. Chris Hogan (Wyckoff, N.J.) got the Nittany Loins started with a goal at the 10:49 mark, taking an assist from Brian Boyle (Derry, N.H.) and finding the back of the net. Boyle then tacked on a second goal six minutes later, scoring unassisted at the 5:12 mark.

Senior Matt Radecic (Mission Hills, Kan.) scored unassisted with 3:06 left and classmate Gil Pearsall (Carthage, N.Y.) got an unassisted goal with just 0:54 left to play in the opening period. With Penn State rolling, the clock was working its way down to the end of the period when OSUís Jason Lutz got hot. Lutz scored two unassisted goals in the first periodís final 0:21 to get the Buckeyes back in the game. Lutz scored at the 0:21 mark and the 0:06 mark to make the score 4-2, Penn State, after one period.

After a high-scoring first period, matters settled down in the second with only three goals being scored overall. Penn Stateís Pearsall got his second goal of the game off a Matt Radecic assist at the 10:25 mark, putting Penn State up 5-2. But Ohio State would score the second periodís last two goals and cut the Nittany Lion lead to just one at the break. Kevin Buchanan and Brian Lalley each scored for the Buckeyes, one at the 8:15 mark and one with 5:16 to play in the second, and Penn State led 5-4 at intermission.

The third period began with a Buckeye flurry as Lutz got this third goal and Joel Delgarno scored a man-up goal, all in the first four minutes. The two goals, combined with the final two of the second period, gave OSU a four-goal scoring streak and put Ohio State up 6-5. But Penn State answered with two goals to retake the lead. Rob Forster (Jenkintown, Pa.) scored off a Boyle assist at the 9:39 mark, tying the game at 6-6. Brian Shea (Gaithersburg, Md.) put Penn State up 7-6 with an unassisted goal at the 6:36 mark.

Ohio State, however, would score the gameís next four goals. Kevin Buchanan scored at 5:57 and 2:57 to give OSU the lead back, 8-7. James Green scored with just 0:39 left in the third and the Buckeyes led 9-7 with one period to play.

The fourth quarter was a defensive struggle with each team scoring one goal. Delgarno scored Ohio Stateís last goal, an unassisted tally at the 8:40 mark. Boyle got PSUís final goal, unassisted, at the 6:18 mark, cutting the Buckeye lead to 10-8. The final six-plus minutes featured outstanding defense by both teams and the Buckeyes got out of Holuba Hall with a hard-fought 10-8 win.

Ohio State outshot Penn State 42-34. Nittany Lion goalie Drew Adams (Springfield, Pa.) collected 13 saves while Ohio Stateís Stefan Schroder had 11. Face-offs were a basic split with Ohio State winning nine and Penn State winning eight.

Penn State is now 0-4 on the year while Ohio State moves to 4-3. The Nittany Lions will take on Colgate this Tuesday, March 13. The neutral site game will be played at Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Md., and begins at 3:30 p.m.