Mackrides, Sturgis Lead No. 16 Penn State to Win at Towson

Penn State out shot Towson by a 39-28 margin and collected 38 ground balls to the Tigers' 26. The Nittany Lions were 1 for 4 with the extra man and 20 for 23 on clears, while Towson finished 0 for 2 and 18 for 21, respectively.

Towson's Carl Iacona gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with 8:35 left in the first quarter, but the Nittany Lions closed the frame on a 4-0 run. Mackrides tied the game at 1-1 just 2:24 later before Sturgis connected on junior midfielder Nick Dolik's (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) feed with 2:36 left.

Penn State then struck twice in the stanza's final minute. Mackrides added his second tally of the game with 45 seconds remaining, and Roper gave the Nittany Lions a 4-1 advantage with just one second left on the clock.

In the second frame, Towson battled back to make it a one-goal game. Matt Lamon cut the Penn State lead in half with 7:23 remaining before tallying again just 37 seconds later to make it a 4-3 contest.

After being held scoreless in the second quarter, Penn State struck twice in the third to take a 6-3 lead. Following a loose-ball scrum, freshman midfielder Taylor Stothoff (Sparks, Md.) gathered the ground ball and fed Sturgis, who gave Penn State a 5-3 lead with 10:18 left in the frame.

With 2:22 remaining, Penn State extended its lead to 6-3 when Sturgis completed the hat trick for his second career three-goal game. Freshman attackman Pat Manley (Arnold, Md.) collected the assist on the play.

Penn State added two goals in the fourth frame as it took an 8-3 advantage. Mackrides notched his 22nd goal of the season at 2:15, and Forster scored his team-leading 24th marker with 5:35 remaining. Sturgis collected the assist on the man-up goal.

The Nittany Lions, who sit in second place in the CAA with two games remaining, will return home on Saturday, April 21 when they host Delaware at 7:00 p.m.

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