Thompsons, No. 18 Albany Run Away from No. 12 Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Hat tricks from Pat Manley (Arnold, Md.) and Dan Craig (Shelburne, Ont.) weren't enough as No. 12 Penn State men's lacrosse fell to No. 18 Albany, 17-10, at wind-swept Penn State Lacrosse Field Saturday afternoon.

Albany (3-3), the nation's leading offense averaging 15.8 goals per game entering Saturday, used a 9-1 burst over 16:42 of game time to open a nine-goal lead in the fourth quarter. Albany was led by the Thompson trio of Miles (4 goals, 2 assists), Lyle (3 goals, 5 assists) and Ty (2 goals, 2 assists) in the victory.

Penn State (4-4) put up 10 goals or more for the sixth time in eight games, but the goalkeeping of Blaze Riorden (19 saves) kept the Nittany Lions at bay. Penn State out-shot Albany, 50-36. The Great Danes shot 47.2 percent, while the Nittany Lions shot just 20 percent.

Albany raced out to a 5-1 lead with 11:40 left in the second quarter on goals from Lyle Thompson (2), Miles Thompson, Eli Lasda and Ryan Feuerstein. Sandwiched in that Albany barrage was TJ Sanders (Orillia, Ont.) who scored twice on Saturday. His first goal was assisted by Shane Sturgis (Downingtown, Pa.). Sturgis was kept off the board for a second consecutive game.

Penn State fought back with a 4-1 run on goals from Manley, Michael Richards (Skaneateles, N.Y.), Sanders and Kyle VanThof (Penfield, N.Y.) to cut the lead to just one, 6-5, with 56 remaining in the second quarter. Sanders had his goal assisted by Brian Prestreau (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), while VanThof's man-up tally was helped by Gavin Ahern (Rockville, N.Y.).

The Nittany Lion momentum would be stopped there, however, as Lasda's second of the day with only six seconds remaining gave Albany a 7-5 halftime lead to kick off the decisive 9-1 run.

Will Stenberg and Miles Thompson scored back-to-back tallies for a 9-5 Albany lead before Craig's first of the day and third of the season momentarily cut the lead to three, 9-6, with 6:34 left in the third.

The Great Danes would score six straight goals from Maloney, Miles Thompson on the man advantage, Ty Thompson, Ryan Feuerstein, Matt Garziano and Matt Bertrams for a 15-6 lead with 13:24 left in the game.

Craig's back-to-back tallies, fed by VanThof and Richards, sprung the Nittany Lions back to life and made the score 15-8 for Albany. The hat trick is the first for the Canadian in his young collegiate career.

Manley's second of the day helped by Nick Aponte (West Islip, N.Y.) gave PSU three straight goals, forcing Albany to call timeout with the score 15-9 and 10 minutes remaining.

The Great Danes' James Burdette took a pair of slashing calls on the ensuing possession and gave PSU the chance to trim the lead even further, but Albany staved off the Nittany Lion man-up unit. On the following clear, Ty Thompson scored his second of the afternoon in transition from Jimmy Haugen and effectively ended the comeback.

Manley's first career hat trick was confirmed with 3:25 left in the game before Miles Thompson put the final score on the board off the following faceoff.

Penn State won the ground ball battle, 50-32, with Drake Kreinz (Delafield, Wis.) earning 10 pickups, his third game of double-digit ground balls. Kreinz was effective at the X as well, winning 20 of 31 faceoffs, his second 20-win game of the season. Steven Bogert notched six ground balls and two caused turnovers, while James Burke (Duxbury, Mass.) and Tom LaCrosse (Canandaigua, N.Y.) each collected four pickups.

Penn State went 1 for 4 on the man-up, while Albany was 1 for 3. Clears were 20-23 for Albany and 16-19 for PSU. Albany committed 17 turnovers to Penn State's 12.

The Nittany Lions return to Penn State Lacrosse Field to close out a four-game home stand when Keystone State rival Villanova comes to Happy Valley on Saturday. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. as the game will be aired live on Big Ten Network.

2014-03-22



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