Vermont vs. Penn State
March 15, 2009
The Game Story:
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Penn State held off Vermont 7-5 in a defensive battle in men’s lacrosse action at Moulton Winder Field on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Geoff Worley (Coronado, Calif.) scored for the Catamounts with 2:13 left in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 6-5. However, Jack Forster answered with 1:24 remaining to seal the win for the Nittany Lions. PSU improved to 3-3 on the season with the win while UVM dropped to 3-2 with the loss.

Sophomore Derek Lichtfuss (Lutherville, Md.) scored a game-high three goals for the Catamounts. Senior Andrew Kelleher (Delmar, N.Y.) added a man-up goal for his 16th tally of the season. Senior goalie Justin Lubas (Freehold, N.J.) finished with seven saves.

Senior Rob Forster and junior Brian Shea each had two goals in the win for Penn State. Senior goalie Drew Adams stopped nine shots. Senior Jordan Kolb went 7-for-8 on face offs and the Nittany Lions went 11-for-15 on draws as a team.

Vermont took a 3-2 lead with 7:45 left in the second quarter when Lichtfuss scored his second of three goals. Sophomore Parker Bunnell (San Diego, Calif.) setup the score.

Penn State responded with three unanswered goals to take a 5-3 advantage to halftime. Rob Forster scored twice in the stretch, including a man-up goal to cap off the run with 2:55 left in the second quarter.

Following a scoreless third quarter, sophomore Chris Hogan gave the Nittany Lions their largest lead at 6-3 with 11:49 remaining.

Lichtfuss scored with 8:05 left and then Worley made it a one-goal game with just over two minutes left but the Catamounts would get no closer.

Penn State out shot Vermont 33-30 and held a 36-22 advantage in ground balls.

Vermont returns to action on Saturday, March 21 at 12 p.m. (CST) against No. 5 Notre Dame at SMU Ford Field in Dallas, Texas, in the Patriot Cup.

NOTES: Penn State leads the all-time series against Vermont 3-0 … The Catamounts went 22-for-30 on clears … Justin Lubas had a team-high four ground balls … Check back to www.UVMathletics.com for game highlights and postgame comments from Derek Lichtfuss.