No. 17 Penn State Jumps to 9-0 Lead, Grounds the Hawks

Penn State (5-3, 2-0 CAA) jumped out on a 7-0 run that spanned the first and second periods with multi-goal contributions from Jack Forster, Tom LaCrosse, and Shane Sturgis.

The Blue and White added two more goals toward the middle of the third period (9:18, 8:27) to extend its advantage, 9-0.

At the 7:00 mark of the third, senior attack Kyle Williams (Marriottsville, Md./Marriotts Ridge) scored his fourth goal of the season to put the Crimson and Gray on the scoreboard.

Saint Joseph's freshman midfielder Bryan Garrahan (Chester Heights, Pa./Archmere Academy (Del.)) recorded his second collegiate goal with 7:03 remaining in regulation to bring the Hawks to within seven, 9-2, but the score would stand as time expired.

Although nearly even in shots taken, with Penn State holding a slight 34-33 advantage, the Nittany Lions picked up 14 more ground balls on the day (32-18) and won 10 of 15 faceoffs. Penn State was also defensively strong on clears, holding the Hawks to just 16 of 26 (.615) in clears.

Freshman attack Pat Swanick (Haverford, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) picked up a team-high three ground balls while sophomore defender Will Farrell (Jamison, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) picked up two ground balls and registered three of SJU's eight total caused turnovers.

Sophomore goalkeeper Dustin Keen (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) falls to 4-5 despite tying his season-high with 14 saves in a complete 60 minutes.

Saint Joseph's will look to bounce back at cross-city CAA rival Drexel this Wednesday, March 27. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Vidas Field.

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