Notre Dame relied upon hat tricks by Grant Krebs and Neal Hicks and a pair of assists by Zach Brenneman to defeat Penn State indoors at the Loftus Center. The Irish moved the ball very well, catching the Nittany Lions in unfavorable isolations, scoring 7 solo goals on their first 9 goals. Zach Brenneman fed each of Hicks and Krebs in the first quarter to give the Irish a 4-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Notre Dame increased its lead to 9-3 at halftime and 10-5 at the end of the third before Penn State caught fire and scored three times to narrow the Irish lead to 11-8 at the 9:58 mark. Penn State came out of the blocks unusually slow in the first quarter, while the Irish were sharp with their passing and cutting. and Now, lets go to the press release.
Hat tricks from seniors Neal Hicks and Grant Krebs helped the third-ranked Notre Dame men's lacrosse team to a 12-8 triumph of Penn State on Sunday afternoon inside the Loftus Sports Center. Notre Dame jumped out to a 9-3 lead by halftime en route to the victory in its home opener. Just as in the 11-7 season opening win over Duke last Saturday, the Irish did not trail in Sunday's contest.
Sophomore attackman Nick Beattie netted two goals on the day, while Zach Brenneman, MaxPfeifer, Sean Rogers and Colin Igoe all had one goal. Brenneman also added a team high two assists. Krebs had a game best four points, Scotty Rodgers made 11 saves in the win. Sean Rogers, a sophomore attackman, opened the scoring just over two minutes into the first quarter with his first career goal. Tallies from Krebs and Beattie gave Notre Dame a 3-0 lead by the 5:21 mark of the opening quarter. Penn State (0-2) got on the board on a goal from Chris Hogan with 3:26 showing on the clock in the first quarter. Hogan led the Nittany Lions with two goals and an assist. Matthew Mackrides also deposited two goals for Penn State.
Hicks beat the horn at the 0:001 mark in the first quarter to give Notre Dame a 4-1 lead after the first 15 minutes of play. Hicks then made it 5-1 early in the second quarter. Following Hogan's second goal, the Irish used three straight tallies to take an 8-2 lead with 9:26 remaining in the first half. Krebs started the uprising with a goal at the 10:43 mark and Pfeifer followed with a score 25 seconds later. Krebs completed his hat trick to give the Irish the six-goal advantage. A man-up goal from Mackrides with 3:36 left in the first half temporarily halted the Irish surge. Brenneman scored with three seconds left in the stanza to give the Irish a 9-3 lead at the intermission.
Penn State initiated the scoring in the second half on a goal from Anthony Basciano with 7:30 elapsed in the period. Beattie's second goal of the afternoon upped the Irish lead back to six with 3:47 left in the third quarter. The Nittany Lions cut their deficit to five (10-5) by the end of the third quarter as Mackrides scored with 24 seconds left. The back-and-forth second half continued as Hicks notched his third goal with less than a minute gone by in the fourth quarter. Hicks has a team best five goals this season. Three straight tallies from Penn State made it a three goal affair with just under 10 minutes left. The Lion goals came from Billy Gribbin, Nick Dolik and Will Donley. Notre Dame's Igoe put a halt to the run and produced the final outcome as he scored on an empty net with 19 seconds left.
The Irish out shot Penn State 34-31. John Nichols started in goal for Penn State and played 20:34, while surrendering eight goals. Dave Baker played the remainder of the contest and allowed four goals. Notre Dame senior midfielder Trever Sipperly went 11 for 20 in faceoffs
|Grant Krebs||(3, 1)|
|Zach Brenneman||(1, 2)|
|Neal Hicks||(3, 0)|
|Nicholas Beattie||(2, 0)|
|Max Pfeifer||(1, 1)|
|Sean Rogers||(1, 0)|
|Colin Igoe||(1, 0)|
|Scott Rodgers||11 (0.579)|