No. 9 Penn State Tops No. 19 Ohio State for Creator's Trophy

Penn State would win the ensuing faceoff, call timeout and the Buckeyes tried to trap on the restart. Strugis broke a double team and fired into an empty net with 1:53 to go for an 11-7 advantage. Turner Evans scored for OSU with 68 seconds left, but it would merely provide consolation as the Nittany Lions won their 14th straight road game.

A key to Penn State's victory was the faceoff group of Cole Yeager (Radnor, Pa.), Drake Kreinz (Delafield, Wis.) and Kessler Brown (Springfield, Va.). Penn State won 16 of 22 draws with Yeager leading the way going 11 for 16 and four ground balls. Kreinz was 4 of 5 with three grounders and Brown 1 for 1 with a single pick up.

Penn State led in many key facets of the game including shots (31-28), shots on goal (23-17), ground balls (31-20) and faceoff wins (16-6). PSU committed 17 turnovers to Ohio State's 13 and cleared at 20 for 25, while OSU was a perfect 22 for 22. Penn State went 0 for 2 on the extra-man, while not committing a single penalty, keeping the potent Ohio State man-up unit off the field.

OSU was led by Jesse King with his four goals and two assists, while Evans notched two goals. The Buckeyes didn't receive a single point off the bench Saturday afternoon. Senior goalie Greg Dutton was vital to keeping OSU in the game with 12 saves including seven first-half stops and shutting out PSU in the opening stanza.

The Nittany Lions improved to 13-5 all-time against the Buckeyes and have now won two of the last three contests. Those two victories coincide with the Creator's Trophy, which PSU won for a second time. The Creator's Trophy is an annual competition between Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan as three current Big Ten schools that play men's lacrosse. Next season, Big Ten lacrosse action begins when Maryland, Rutgers and Johns Hopkins join the fold for the inaugural campaign.

Penn State continues its tough road stretch with a game at No. 6 Denver. The rare Monday night match-up will take place March 10 at Peter Barton Stadium for Penn State's first visit to the Pioneers since 2004. Denver fell to Penn, 12-10, in Colorado on Saturday.

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