Sturgis, Forster Net 4 Each to Lead No. 15 PSU by No. 9 Denver

The Nittany Lions were 0 for 2 in man-up opportunities, while Denver went 1 for 4. PSU improved to 2-3 all-time against the Pioneers.

Next week, the Nittany Lions hosts No. 3 Notre Dame at Penn State Lacrosse Field on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Noon. On Saturday, Notre Dame defeated No. 4 Duke, 13-5, in North Carolina to improve to 1-0.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – University of Denver fell 15-12 to Penn State in the first game of the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic at EverBank Field on Sunday afternoon. The loss brings the Pioneers to 1-1 on the season, while the Nitany Lions improve to 2-0.

Senior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) and sophomore Wes Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) led the Pioneers with three goals each, while senior Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) and junior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) both added two goals each. Noble also finished with an assist to bring his point total to three for the day.

“We're really disappointed in the outcome, but more so we're disappointed that another first quarter comes and we're giving up goals all too easily,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “We've got to find a way to come into a game with a more intense attitude. I'm proud of the way we played in the fourth quarter, but we need more of that throughout the game.”

Sophomore Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) finished with three points on one goal and two assists, while freshman Collin Woolford (Norwalk, Conn.) scored his first collegiate goal.

Sophomore Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made 12 saves, his second double-digit save performance of the season. Senior Chace Calkin (Engelwood, Colo.) finished 13 of 25 on face-offs for the day.

Jack Forester and Shane Sturgis led the Nitany Lions with four goals each, while TJ Sanders finished with three goals. Goalie Austin Kaut made 10 saves on the day.

The Nitany Lions got on the board first just 47 seconds into the game off a goal by Forester. Law answered for the Pioneers led than a minute later. After Penn State scored with 11:40 left in the first, Flint answered a minute later to tie the game.

19 seconds later, Penn State took the 3-2 lead and then followed it up with another goal less than a minute later. Adamson made it 4-3 with 4:48 left, but Penn State answered with a goal five seconds before the end of the quarter to take a 5-3 advantage.

Both teams scored two goals each in the second quarter, and the Nitany Lions took a 7-5 lead heading into halftime.

Penn State opened the second half with a goal by Sturgis just 30 seconds into the action, before Berg netted his first of the game with 12:27 left in the 3rd. After two more goals by the Nitany Lions, Woolford scored an unassisted goal with 6:17 remaining to cut the deficit to three goals, 10-7.

Penn State then scored three straight goals before Berg netted his second of the game with 2:36 left to bring the score to 13-8. The Nitany Lions added one more with 38 seconds left to take a 14-8 cushion into the fourth quarter.

Attempting to spark the Pioneers' offense, Noble scored with 12:31 left to bring DU to within five goals however Penn State's Kyle Zittel scored moments later to stretch the lead back to six. The Pioneers closed out the game with three straight goal including a man-up goal from Law, but it wasn't enough as Penn State took the 15-12 win.

Up next, the Pioneers return home to host the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Denver will open with Lehigh at 1:30 p.m. MT, following the Air Force vs. Canisius game at 11:00 a.m. MT.

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