Penn State came out of Happy Valley on Senior Day with a huge win over Rutgers, 13-7. With the win, the Nittany Lions are 2-2 in Big Ten play and are in the Big Ten Tournament as the number four seed. Rutgers falls to 1-3 and are eliminated. They need to beat Ohio State and hope that either Army West Point or Princeton win their respective tournaments. Penn State also took home the Friendship Cup with the win.
Next Game: Penn State (11-2, 2-2): @ Michigan (4/29); Rutgers (9-4, 1-3): vs. Ohio State (4/29)
Mac O’Keefe and Kevin Hill each scored three goals, while Nick Aponte recorded three assists. Grant Ament (1 goal, 2 assists), and Dan Craig (2 goals, 1 assist) also recorded three points, and Ryan Keenan scored twice. Colby Kneese made seven saves, and FOGO Gerard Arceri bounced back in a big way, going 16-of-20 from the face-off X against the Scarlet Knights, and also scored a goal. Penn State held Rutgers scoreless in the second half until the 7:10 mark of the fourth quarter.
The Scarlet Knight offense was spearheaded by Connor Murphy’s two goals and two assists, while Jules Heningburg was held to one goal, and Kieran Mullins was limited to one assist. Goaltender Max Edelmann made a career-high 16 saves in the defeat.
As I said above, and it’s me echoing what Paul Carcaterra said on Twitter, I think Rutgers is in with a win (barely) and a loss doesn’t help at all.
It could be two straight years Rutgers is kinda good, but aren’t in the NCAA Tournament. They had a chance last year as they made the Big Ten championship game, but didn’t make it in (#FreeRutgers). It could happen again.
Since there’s nothing COLLEGE lacrosse-related outside of this game today, we wanted to help promote our bud Joe Keegan’s new project. In association with The Lacrosse Network (TLN), Joe is operating MoneyballLacrosse.com, which is a website dedicated to the hidden plays in MLL lacrosse. He’s still going to keep writing his stuff for us too, but we’re happy to see him continue to write fire at the MLL level. Give it a follow on Twitter as well.
We've done it again - ANOTHER record crowd! 3,208 in attendance tonight. pic.twitter.com/gQj6FXdhdo— Penn State Lacrosse (@PennStateMLAX) April 24, 2017
An off-day Monday, but the Patriot League Tournament begins on Tuesday with Holy Cross-Navy and Lehigh-Boston University, along with Brown-Bryant.