Notre Dame Runs Over Penn State 15-9

Notre Dame Runs Over Penn State 15-9

Notre Dame Runs Over Penn State 15-9

Notre Dame Runs Over Penn State 15-9

Notre Dame held the Lions scoreless in the first quarter after running up a 6-0 lead. Penn State had problems clearing the ball in the first and their defense gave the Irish the middle. Notre Dame took advantage of this and worked out of a 3-2-1 for most of the first quarter with junior attacker Duncan Swezey working from X. Swezey gave Penn state’s longpoles fits rolling the pipes and then passing the ball up to give Podgajny, Igoe, Hicks and Hoff good looks. Hoff was the star today, finding the net 6 times on crisp feed passes, four of them from Alex Wharton. Swezey fills the void that Pat Walsh left on attack and he likes to roll back and forth at X, waiting for the someone to set up way up top and then he dumps the ball midway to a middie who feeds the top man, to drive a lane straight to the net. Penn State was slow on its slides early in the game and then tightened up later. For the second game in a row, Notre Dame held their opponent scoreless in the first quarter. Significantly, Notre Dame dominated the shooting in the first, taking 15 shots to the Lions 4.

Notre Dame increased its lead to 7-0 at the 14:48 mark of the second quarter with Grant Krebs taking a feed from Colin Igoe. Penn State finally penetrated the Irish defense and notched the next three goals, moving the close and beating Joey Kemp with a solo shot by Colby Rhodes and two quick cuts by Chris Hogan and Brian Shea, closing the gap to 7-3 and threatening a repeat of last week’s close game against Loyola where the Irish had problems holding the lead. At 3:27 Hoff put that idea to rest taking another feed from Wharton and beating Drew Adams for the third time of the afternoon. Davey Malera followed with a solo shot at 3:08 and then Wharton again found Hoff for his fourth goal and Whatron’s third assist to end the scoring and gicing Notre Dame a 10-3 lead.

The Lions struck first in the second half on a Rob Forster goal, but Wharton, taking a pass from Krebs and using an inside roll to make it 11-4 at 7:13 in the third period. Charley Henneghan and Max Van Arsdale scored back-to-back goals in 35 seconds for Penn State to cut the lead to 11-6 at 6:28. The Irish offense responded with four straight goals to put the game out of reach, with Hoff collaborating with Wharton again and then Malera. The Irish transition defense was all over the Lions in the end of the third quarter shutting off the middies and forcing Adams to bring the ball up and make hurried passes that missed their mark. Twice Penn State could not advance the ball in time and turned the ball over to the Irish and Notre Dame ended the third quarter ahead 13-6. Hoff’s six goals were one shy of the Irish record.

Sophomore defenseman Mike Creighton recorded an assist on a fats break assist to Swezey to put Notre Dame up 14-6, and then freshman Zach Brenneman finally connected from 10 yards out to complete the scoring at 7:27 remaining in the contest. Penn State scored the final three goals to end up with a 15-9 deficit . Will Donley scored twice and Matt Loy had one. Notre Dame outshot Penn State 47-31, while Joey Kemp made 10 saves for the Irish, and Penn State’s Drew Adams, had only 15 saves.

The Irish next host Albany, who dropped a 10-5 decision to Hopkins.

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Green Laces
    by (#139210) on 2/25/08 @12:51AM
Does anyone know the significance of the neon green shoe laces? It seemed somewhat normal for ND with the green color, but penn state? And also drexel was rockin the neon greens too.

Is it popular style or is there a special significance?
 
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    by (#185737) on 2/25/08 @1:11AM
www.headstrongfoundation.org

 
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Green Laces
    by (#187546) on 2/25/08 @2:53PM
the neon green laces that you are seeing alot of the teams sport are in honor of Nick Colleluori, a Ridley High grad and former Hofstra lacrosse player who passed away in Nov. of 06' after a 14 month battle with cancer. the laces say HEADstrong, the name of the foundation that Nick started. if you are interested in the laces or would like to know more check out headstrongfoundation.org.
 
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