Penn State Hosts Johns Hopkins in Saturday Scrimmage

The Penn State Nittany Lion men's lacrosse team (0-0, 0-0 ECAC) will host Johns Hopkins on Saturday, February 7, at 1:00 p.m. in a scrimmage. The game, held in Holuba Hall, is free and open to the public. Head coach Glenn Thiel's Nittany Lions head into the 2009 campaign coming off a 7-7 season that saw the squad hard-pressed by injuries but finish on a high note with two straight wins (including a 12-11 overtime victory over then No. 4 Georgetown).

Penn State will lean on the talents of three-time ECAC Goalie of the Year Drew Adams, who enters his final season at Penn State with a superb 7.90 goals against average and 482 career saves. Adams has started in all 40 games of his Penn State career to date. Adams is also a co-captain this year.

Co-captain Matt Warner, a stalwart on Penn State's midfield, will also return to lead the Penn State charge. Warner is poised to emerge as one of the ECAC's top short stick defenders in 2009. Penn State's top two scorers return from last season as well. Senior Rob Forster had 29 points off 17 goals and 12 assists and heads into his final year with 61 career points off 40 goals and 21 assists. Classmate Max Van Arsdale had 27 points off 17 and ten and heads into his final go-round with the Nittany Lions with 56 points off 32 goals and 24 assists.

The Penn State defense will be anchored by senior John Stuckey, junior Kevin Etter and sophomore Matt Bernier and the Penn State face-off unit, the tops in the conference last year, returns three experienced players (Charley Henneghan, Jordan Kolb and Joe Britt) who can be a factor on face-offs.

Johns Hopkins is the NCAA championship runner-Up, having dropped a heart-breaking 13-10 decision to Syracuse in the national title game last May. The Blue Jays went 11-6 last season. Penn State will officially begin its 2009 season next Saturday when it visits Robert Morris for a 1:00 p.m. contest in Pittsburgh.

The Nittany Lions will officially begin the 2009 season when they visit Robert Morris University on Saturday, February 14, for a 1:00 p.m. game. Penn State is in its final year in the ECAC, preparing to move to the Colonial Athletic Conference next year, while Robert Morris is in its final year in the Colonial, preparing to move to the NEC.


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