No. 8 Nittany Lions Fall in OT Thriller to No. 3 Notre Dame

Forster and Doyle had game-high four points, while LaCrosse had three for PSU. Henneghan won 11 of 21 faceoffs with two ground balls, while O'Connor won 10 faceoffs with seven ground balls and two assists. Kaut led the Nittany Lions with five ground balls.

For the game, Notre Dame out-shot Penn State 38-34 overall and 20-19 for shots on goal. The ground ball battle was nearly even, PSU owning a 27-26 edge, but committing three more turnovers than Notre Dame, 19-16.

Penn State went 1 for 4 on the man-up, while holding Notre Dame scoreless, 0 for 3. PSU was nearly flawless on the clear, going 23 for 24 and Notre Dame going 20 for 23.

It was the second straight game in the series that went to overtime after Penn State won 4-3 in South Bend last year. The series now favors Notre Dame 15-5 overall.

Penn State hosts Ohio State on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in a crucial Creator's Trophy showdown. PSU is 1-0 this season in the event's second year between Big Ten men's lacrosse schools after defeating Michigan, 11-6, on Feb. 9. A win would secure PSU's second straight Creator's Trophy title.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A goal from freshman attackman Matt Kavanagh with 1:34 left in the first overtime period gave No. 3 Notre Dame a 10-9 win over No. 8 Penn State on Sunday afternoon inside Holuba Hall.

A late flurry from both teams sent the game into the extra session. Notre Dame tied the contest (8-8) with 24 seconds left on a Conor Doyle goal, which was his career-high third of the day. Ryan Foley assisted on the score. The Irish took a 9-8 lead with just 18 seconds remaining when junior Liam O'Connor won the faceoff and scored his second goal of the game. A tally from Penn State's Tom LaCrosse with one second left knotted the contest at nine.

The game featured seven ties and four lead changes.

“In a game that had two evenly-matched teams, I was just glad we were the one to make the play at the end,” Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said. “We weren't going to quit out there. We had a lot of experienced guys on the field and we made plays when we needed to. We had good contributions from a lot of different guys today.”

Consecutive goals from Doyle, a sophomore attackman, put Notre Dame (2-0) up 2-0 by the 8:10 mark of the first quarter. Penn State responded with three unanswered scores, including two from Jack Forster, to take a 3-2 lead midway through the second quarter.

Notre Dame attackman Westy Hopkins evened the game (3-3) with 58 seconds remaining in the opening half and the contest was knotted at the intermission.

Midfielder Jim Marlatt put the Irish up 4-3 early in the third quarter when he scored off a pass from Doyle. Goals from LaCrosse and Forster gave Penn State (2-1) a 5-4 advantage with just over five minutes left in the third quarter. Forster and LaCrosse both had three goals in the game.

With just over two minutes left in the third period, Notre Dame midfielder Steve Murphy took a pass from Hopkins and scored to even the game once again (5-5). A Nittany Lion goal from Kyle Zittel gave the hosts a 6-5 advantage after three quarters of play.

Penn State grabbed its largest lead of the game (7-5) on a man-up goal from Kyle VanThof 41 seconds into the final quarter. The Irish responded as midfielder Tyler Kimball sliced the deficit to one (7-6) and O'Connor won the ensuing faceoff and scored to make it 7-7 with 9:28 left in the fourth quarter. The two goals were a career-high for O'Connor.

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