Adamson Scores Four as No. 9 Denver Stuns No. 5 Penn State

Denver remains at home, hosting former Eastern College Athletic Conference rival Ohio State to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday, March 15. Opening face-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. MT.

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DENVER, Colo. The fifth-ranked Nittany Lion men's lacrosse team couldn't keep pace with the offense of No. 9 Denver in a 15-12 loss at Barton Stadium on Monday night. The loss ended Penn State's 14-game winning streak in true road games, a stretch that dated to the beginning of the 2012 season. Penn State's last road loss came April 30, 2011 at Hofstra, which game 1,045 days ago.

Shane Sturgis (Downingtown, Pa.) led Penn State (3-2) with a six-point game on three goals and three assists. Joining Sturgis in the scoring ledger were Tom LaCrosse (Canandaigua, N.Y.), Pat Manley (Arnold, Md.) and Kyle Baier (Auburn, N.Y.) with two goals apiece. Kyle VanThof (Penfield, N.Y.) and Brian Prestreau (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) chipped in with a goal each.

Sturgis's six points moves him into 11th all-time at Penn State with 137 career points. Sturgis has 21 goals and eight assists this season for 29 points as he is well on his way to eclipsing his career-best season of 27 goals, 17 assists and 44 points from last year.

Freshman Drake Kreinz (Delafield, Wis.) finished the game with a career-high 21 faceoff wins on 28 attempts. Kreinz also picked up a game-high 11 ground balls, one off his career high set against Michigan (Feb. 8), while pitching in with an assist.

Both teams shot the ball well with Denver connecting on 44.1 percent of its shots and Penn State shooting 37.9 percent. For Denver, it was their second win over a top 10 team in three days following its two-goal win over Notre Dame on Saturday. Penn State received its highest ranking in program history earlier on Monday, rising to fifth from its previous high of seventh.

Denver (5-2) used a 5-0 run spanning the second and third quarters, while holding Penn State scoreless for nearly 22 minutes to earn a 9-7 lead. Ultimately, the Pioneers used a 3-0 run in the final 8:41 of the game to make a one-goal game into a four-goal victory.

The Nittany Lions, down two goals with 4:45 left in the third, Austin Kaut (Morton, Pa.) made a save of Tyler Pace to kill off a Penn State man-down situation and stave off a potential sixth straight Pioneer goal. Eventually, Penn State would cut the two-goal deficit in half with Baier's second of the game and sixth of the year with 1:16 remaining. The goal was assisted by Sturgis from behind the net and Baier pushed it in on the one-timer.

DU's Erik Adamson, who had six goals in the win over Notre Dame, notched a hat trick with 29 ticks on the clock in the third quarter to answer the Penn State goal. That was the first of four series of responses by each team with Denver answering every Penn State second-half goal. Denver took a 10-8 lead into the fourth quarter.

Last week's CAA Co-Player of the Week, VanThof scored his seventh of the year on a helper from LaCrosse just 38 seconds into the frame. The Pioneers replied with Adamson's fourth of the night before Manley took a beautiful feed from Sturgis to again make it a one-goal game at 11-10 with 11:23 to go.

Sean Cannizzaro opened a wild 45-second stretch with 9:01 left that saw Denver regain momentum with a 3-1 thrust and open a 14-11 leaad. Cannizzaro's offering was offset by Sturgis' lightning-strike goal from Krienz off the ensuing faceoff with 8:54 remaining.

PSU seemed poised to pick up a loose ball on another faceoff win, but Denver's Mike Riis came up with the extra change and scored his first goal of the year to put the Pioneers ahead two goals. DU won the next faceoff and Zach Miller's 15th goal of the year came from beyond the restraining line for a 14-11 advantage as Penn State was unable to recover. Wesley Berg added an insurance goal to cap the scoring.

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