No. 16 Penn State Scores Final Eight to Upend No. 7 Bucknell

LEWISBURG, Pa. T.J. Sanders scored four goals and No. 16 Penn State scored the final eight goals of the night in an 11-3 win over No. 7 Bucknell on Tuesday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Bison (8-2), who received their highest national ranking in program history a day earlier, saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end, while the Nittany Lions (6-3) won their fourth in a row.

All-America goalie Austin Kaut made 11 of his 14 saves in the first half to spark an outstanding performance by the Penn State defense. The Bison came into the game averaging 11.7 goals and 41.6 shots per game, but they were held to three goals on 26 shots in this one.

Bucknell got two early EMO goals from Todd Heritage and Chase Bailey, both coming off David Dickson assists, but the Bison trailed 3-2 after a defensive-dominated first half. They pulled even when freshmen middie Brock Ghelfi drove in from the left corner and scored just 2:15 into the third period, but that would be Bucknell's final goal of the night.

Sanders put the Nittany Lions back in front 4-3 when he scored in transition off a feed from Nick Dolik. Tom LaCrosse scored the first of his three goals to give Penn State its first multi-goal lead of the night, and then the Lions cashed in on a crazy play right at the end of the third quarter.

Penn State was playing for a final shot in the period, but Bucknell pole Alex Spring came up with a steal in the slot. Spring's desperation outlet pass was scooped up by Penn State's Shane Sturgis, who fired low past a screened Kyle Feeney just as the horn sounded. After a brief consultation, the officials ruled it a good goal, and Penn State led 6-3 after three.

Penn State won all four faceoffs in the third quarter and held possession for most of the period, and then the Nittany Lions posted five more goals on six shots in the final quarter as Bucknell's defense was forced to gamble for takeaways.

The Nittany Lions finished with a 28-26 shot advantage, while the ground balls were even at 27 apiece.

Dickson entered the game ranked third nationally in assists, and he added two more to his total on Tuesday. He now has 31 on the season.

Bucknell is back in action on Saturday at home against Patriot League rival Holy Cross at 1:00 p.m.

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LEWISBURG, Pa. 16th-ranked Penn State crushed No. 7 Bucknell, 11-3, on Tuesday night at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Field behind a punishing defense, 14 saves from Austin Kaut (Morton, Pa.) and four goals from TJ Sanders (Orillia, Ont.). The Nittany Lions ended the game on an 8-0 run in front of 1,250 fans.


Attackman Shane Sturgis (Downingtown, Pa.) boasted a game-high five points on two goals and three assists, while midfielder Tom LaCrosse (Canandaigua, N.Y.) pitched in with a hat trick. Seven Nittany Lions tallied a point in all. Penn State won its second game over a top-10 foe this season after defeating No. 9 Denver on Feb. 17 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Penn State (6-3, 2-0 CAA) defense was even better than its offense on the night, causing 14 of Bucknell's 17 turnovers in the game. Leading the way was Michael Richards (Skaneateles, N.Y.) with three caused turnovers, while Steven Bogert (Carlsbad, Calif.), Tyler Travis (Geneva, N.Y.) and James Burke (Duxbury, N.Y. each caused two.

Faceoff specialist Danny Henneghan (Beverly Hills, Mich.) set the tone on offense winning 10 of 17 faceoffs, including all four in the third period that set off the 8-0 burst. Henneghan had a game-high five ground balls.

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