No. 15 Penn State Edges Hofstra in 2OT to Win Fifth Straight

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; April 28, 2012 Sophomore attackman Shane Sturgis (Downingtown) scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime to lift No. 15 Penn State to a 9-8 victory against Hofstra at the Penn State Lacrosse Field on Saturday afternoon. The Nittany Lions improved to 9-5 overall (5-1 CAA) and closed out the regular season with their fifth straight win.

Penn State trailed 8-5 midway through the fourth quarter before it struck for three goals in the frame's final 3:18. After a scoreless first overtime, Sturgis took a pass from senior attackman Matthew Mackrides (Newtown Square) and fired a shot past Hofstra goalkeeper Andrew Gvozden for the game-winner. Penn State netminder Austin Kaut (Morton), who turned aside 14 shots, made two saves in the second overtime frame before Sturgis' heroics.

Mackrides, who added a pair of assists, registered his fifth straight three-goal game and is just one marker away from becoming the fifth Nittany Lion in program history with 100 career goals. Senior attackman Jack Forster (Jenkintown) extended his goal-scoring streak to 10 games en route to a three-point contest (2g, 1a).

Penn State out shot Hofstra by a 40-39 margin, and junior faceoff specialist Danny Henneghan (Beverly Hills, Mich.) finished 11 for 21 on draws. The Nittany Lions were 17 for 17 on clears and 0 for 3 with the extra man, while the Pride (6-8, 2-4 CAA) ended 16 for 20 and 1 for 3, respectively.

Hofstra controlled the game during the first quarter as it took a 4-2 lead. After junior midfielder Nick Dolik (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) opened the scoring for Penn State 1:04 into the game, the Pride tallied four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead. Mackrides, who assisted on Dolik's strike, ended the frame's scoring with his 26th goal of the year with 1:53 remaining.

In a tightly-contested second frame, Sturgis brought Penn State to within one goal when he connected on his 16th tally of the year with 12:14 remaining.

Hofstra responded in the third quarter with the frame's only goals to take a 7-3 advantage. Mike DeNapoli tallied his game-high fourth goal of the game with 3:35 left to give the Pride the four-goal lead.

The Nittany Lions then dominated the fourth stanza, outscoring the Pride by a 5-1 margin to tie the game. Mackrides and Forster scored in a 1:02 span to make it a 7-5 game before Hofstra extended its lead to 8-5 with 8:29 remaining.

With 3:18 left, Forster fired Sturgis' pass to the back of the net before Mackrides tallied 31 seconds later to make it an 8-7 game. With time winding down, Forster passed to sophomore attackman Gavin Ahern (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), who bounced a shot past Gvozden with 18 seconds left to the tie game at 8-8.

Following a scoreless first overtime, Sturgis completed the comeback with 1:07 left. After taking the ball around the left side of the cage, Sturgis quickly turned and rocketed a shot for the game-winner.

The Nittany Lions, who improved to 4-4 at home, will return to action on Wednesday (May 2) when they host Drexel in the CAA semifinals. Opening faceoff is set at 7:00 p.m.

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State College, PA Penn State sophomore Shane Sturgis scored his second goal of the game with 1:07 to play in the second overtime to give the 15th-ranked Nittany Lions a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over the Hofstra Pride in a CAA game at the Penn State Lacrosse Field Saturday afternoon.

The Pride end their season with a 6-8 overall mark and a 2-4 slate in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Nittany Lions, who are the second seed in the conference tournament that begins on Wednesday, are 9-5 on the year and 5-1 in league play.

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