Forster Scores Five to Lead No. 8 Penn State Over Hofstra

Hempstead, NY –Senior Jack Forster tallied five goals and freshman TJ Sanders and junior Steve Aitken each tallied three goals to lead the eighth-ranked Nittany Lions of Penn State to a 16-7 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Hofstra Pride at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday night.

The loss concludes the Hofstra season with a 7-7 overall mark and a 2-4 record in the CAA. Penn State, with its ninth consecutive victory, improves to 11-3 on the year as they enter next week's CAA Championship Tournament in University Park, PA as the number one seed after a 6-0 regular season. Penn State will face the fourth seed UMass Minutemen Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Second seed Drexel will face third seed Towson in the other semifinal at 5:30.

Junior Lance Yapor led the Pride with two goals while freshman Sam Llinares added a goal and an assist. Graduate-student Brad Loizeaux, senior Adrian Sorichetti, sophomore John Reicherter and freshman Brian von Bargen scored the other Hofstra goals. Sophomore goalie Chris Selva, who entered the game as the number three goalie in the nation, allowed 12 goals and made just three saves in almost 42 minutes of action. Senior Ryan Brant played 14:23 in the cage and made four saves while classmate Jason Rosenzweig played the final 3:46 and did not allow a goal.

In addition to the five goals, Forster also added an assist to lead the Nittany Lions. Junior Tom LaCrosse joined Sanders and Aitken with multiple goals with two goals. Junior goalie Austin Kaut, the number two goalie in the country, made 10 saves and allowed just four goals in 48:54 before being relieved by Conor Baucum, who made four saves and allowed three goals in 11 minutes of action.

The Pride opened the scored 5:01 into the contest as Reicherter notched his third of the season for a 1-0 lead. But the Nittany Lions scored five unanswered goals in the first half to take a 5-1 lead at the intermission. LaCrosse, nephew of former Hofstra standout Michael LaCrosse, started Penn State off with his 21st goal of the year less than two minutes later. Senior Travis Crane tallied his first of the year three minutes later for a 2-1 advantage.

Freshman TJ Sanders then tallied his 35th goal of the year 42 seconds into the second quarter for a 3-1 advantage. Senior Nick Dolik posted the Nittany Lions' first assisted goal of the contest, taking a pass from Shane Sturgis midway through the second quarter, for a 4-1 lead. LaCrosse closed out the first half scoring with his second of the game and 22nd of the year with 2:00 to play in the half to give Penn State a 5-1 lead at halftime. Kaut made eight saves in the first 30 minutes including five in the second quarter.

The second half started the same way the game did with Hofstra scoring first as Sorichetti posted his 15th of the season from the left side 1:37 into the third quarter to cut the deficit to 5-2. But after Sanders for Penn State and Sam Llinares exchanged goals 53 seconds apart, the Nittany Lions scored seven of the next eight goals, including five by Forster, to take a commanding 13-4 lead after three quarters. Only an unassisted goal by Hofstra freshman Brian von Bargen, his eighth of the season broke up, a huge, eight goal period for Penn State.

Junior Steve Aitken added back-to-back goals in the fourth for the Nittany Lions before Pride junior Lance Yapor added his ninth and tenth goals of the year and graduate student Brad Loizeaux notched his first of the year to close to 15-7 with 6:15 to play in the game. Aitken completed the hat-trick with 3:46 to play to close out the scoring.

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