No. 9 Denver, No. 15 PSU Meet at Moe's Southwest Grill Classic

Denver won at No. 6 Duke, 14-12, last week

PSU's Jeff Tambroni & DU's Bill Tierney face of as two of lacrosse's best coaches

Tambroni and Tierney are 5-5 all-time against each other

Sunday is Penn State's third trip to Florida and first nationally televised game

Nick Dolik and Jack Forster are riding 12- and 13-game point streaks, respectively

Next week Penn State plays host to No. 3 Notre Dame in Happy Valley

Scouting the Pioneers
Ninth-ranked Denver (1-0) lost two of its best attackers from last season but blitzed No. 6 Duke in Durham, N.C. on Saturday, Feb. 9 en route to a 14-12 victory, a score not indicative of Denver's dominance. The Pioneers out-scored Duke 7-0 in the third period and led 14-8 behind a five-goal game from Erik Adamson, who had six points last Saturday. Denver also received key contributions from Erik Law's four points on three assists and a goal as well as Gordie Koerber's three-goal day. In net, Ryan LaPlante stopped 18 Blue Devil shots as Denver was out-shot 47-37.

The Denver midfield is led by Chase Carraro, a USILA All-American and ECAC Specialist of the Year and Jeremy Noble, a third-team USILA All-American. Drew Babb, Kyle Hercher and Cannon anchor a veteran defense. Penn State could face LaPlante or 2011 ECAC Rookie of the Year Jamie Faus between the pipes.

Last Time vs. Denver (Mar. 10, 2012)
Denver raced past Penn State with a 10-2 halftime advantage, winning 14-6 at Penn State Lacrosse Field. Eric Law, Wes Berg and Cameron Flint had two goals apiece for the Pioneers, while Jack Forster and Nick Dolik had two goals each. Shots were even at 33-33 as Austin Kaut saved eight Denver chances and Jamie Faus had 13 saves for DU.

All-Time Series vs. Denver
All-Time Series 1-3
PSU Streak 2 losses
First Meeting 3/8/00, Denver 8-5
Last Meeting 3/10/12, Denver 14-6
Last PSU Win 3/21/04, 11-10
Last DU Win 3/10/12, 14-6
Largest PSU Win 11-10, 3/21/04
Largest DU Win 14-6, 3/10/12
PSU Goals vs. DU 27-42

Battle of Successful Coaches
Penn State's Jeff Tambroni and Denver's Bill Tierney hold two of the top 5 winning percentages in Division I men's lacrosse. Tambroni is 126-53 (.704) all-time, good for fifth on that list while Tierney is 309-108 (.741) in second. Tierney (Princeton) and Tambroni (Cornell) faced off at Ivy League coaches nine times with Tambroni holding a 5-4 edge. The record between the two teams is 5-5 after Denver's win at PSU last year.

Going Streaking
Penn State's potent attack has three Nittany Lions riding point streaks from last season. Leading the way is Jack Forster whose 13-game streak started on March 3 against Ohio State. Nick Dolik has a 12-game streak, while Shane Sturgis is at seven games.

Name Games Date started G-A-P
Jack Forster 13 3/3/12 24-10-34
Nick Dolik 12 3/10/12 15-5-20
Shane Sturgis 7 3/31/12 18-6-28

Lions Overwhelm Wolverines
Led by four-goal performances from TJ Sanders and Shane Sturgis, No. 15 Penn State men's lacrosse defeated Michigan, 11-6, at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. In all, Sanders had a five-point afternoon in his collegiate debut, while goaltender Austin Kaut made 12 saves for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State (1-0) ran away from Michigan (0-1) after a tied first period, holding a 5-3 lead at halftime and upping it to 10-3 in the third. The Nittany Lions outscored the Wolverines 5-0 to open the second half to open the seven-goal advantage.

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