Penn State vs. Saint John's
April 16, 2005
The Game Story:
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., April 16, 2005 - The Penn State men's lacrosse team (5-5, 3-1) defeated St. John's (2-9, 0-5), 12-4, in front of 578 fans at Jeffrey Field. The Lions extend their winning streak to three games while claiming victory over the Red Strom in the first meeting all-time. Junior attackman Nate Whitaker (Great Falls, Va.) tallied three goals and one assist in the game to increase his scoring streak to 37 games.

Two minutes into the first quarter, midfielder Patrick Heim (Wayne, Pa.) found the back of the net to put the Lions up 1-0. Attackman Will Cutler fired a hard shot from the top of the zone 15 seconds later to give Penn State a 2-0 lead. Chris Gannett (Downingtown, Pa.) notched his first goal of the season with an unassisted tally at the 7:24 mark and John Eremus (Rosemont, Pa.) followed with his first goal of the game to put the Lions up 4-0. Whitaker brought the first quarter to a close when he scored a goal on an assist from Brian Boyle (Derry, N.H.), which gave the Lions a 5-0 lead. Goal keeper Chris Courteau (Buffalo, N.Y.) shut out the Red Storm in the quarter and the Nittany Lion defense held St. John's to three shots in the opening period of play.

St. John's found the scoreboard at the 8:52 mark in the second quarter when Mike McGuire notched an unassisted goal. The Lions responded with two straight unassisted goals from midfielder Gil Pearsall (Carthage, N.Y.) and Cutler. Felix Forbes tallied his third goal of the season for the Red Storm with four minutes remaining in the quarter but Whitaker and Boyle connected again for Penn State with 1:15 remaining to give the Lions an 8-2 lead at halftime.

The Lions would again outscore the Red Storm in the third quarter 3-2. Senior captain Will Jones (Annapolis, Md.) scored an unassisted goal to put Penn State up by seven. Whitaker completed his hat trick on an assist from Heim at the 11:47 mark and the Nittany Lions led 10-2. St. John's rallied with two consecutive goals in the quarter from Randy Mills and Patrick Zeis but Gannett was able to counter with his second goal of the day to increase the Penn State lead to 11-4 heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

Senior captain Mike Jacober (Providence, R.I.) netted the lone goal in the fourth quarter to bring the final score to 12-4 in favor of the Lions. Penn State collected ten ground balls in the quarter and goal keepers Courteau and Derek Howells (Niskayuna, N.Y.) combine for four saves.

Penn State travels to Bucknell on Tuesday, April 19 in a non-conference game. The Lions will remain on the road battling Eastern College Athletic Conference foe Rutgers on Saturday, April 23, in New Brunswick, N.J.