Wow! What an exciting Sunday of college lacrosse action we just had. Early on in the day Rutgers upset Ohio State to give the Buckeyes their first loss of the season and Virginia blew past Utah in a home victory. In the first Big Ten Sunday night lacrosse game of the season, Penn State defeated Maryland for the first time in program history to cap off a game that could be classified as an instant classic.
Rutgers 14, Ohio State 6
The Scarlet Knights absolutely downed the number 4 raked Buckeyes in a road win on Sunday afternoon. After Ohio State’s Coby Smith scored the first goal it was all Rutgers for the remainder of the game. Kieran Mullins started a six-goal Rutgers run to give the Scarlet Knights a 5-1 lead at the end of the first, and a 6-1 lead early on in the second. Coming out of half trailing 7-2, Ohio State was able to get something going to cut the Rutgers lead to 7-4 midway through the third. That is the closest they would come to any kind of comeback. Rutgers held a 9-5 lead heading into the fourth and used a big run late in the game to secure the 14-6 win. A huge part of the Rutgers win was their defense and goalie Max Edlemann who made 17 saves in the win. Edlemann was the deciding factor and he showed out at the right time.
Rutgers was led by Kieran Mullins who carried that offense tallying 8 points (4G,4A) in the win. Ryan Gallagher also had 5 points (2G,3A), while Adam Charalambides had a hat trick.
For Ohio State it was Tre LeClair that led the way, scoring 2 goals and recording his 100th career goal. Jack Myers alas had 1 goals and 1 assist for 2 points. In cage, Josh Kirson made 9 saves.
Virginia 17, Utah 6
The Cavaliers started hot and never looked back in this one. The Virginia offense was just too much for the Utah defense to handle and the Cavaliers took full advantage, leaving Utah in the dust all game. After getting out to a 6-0 first quarter lead, the Cavaliers would continue to pour on. Utah finally found the back of the net late in the second, but Virginia scored two goals in the final 18 seconds of the half to take a 13-2 lead at halftime. Virginia continued to add to their lead in the third and Utah was able to get four straight goals in the fourth quarter to make it a 17-6 Virginia win.
Utah was led by Jimmy Perkins with 4 points (3G,1A) while James Sexton put up 3 points (1G,2A) in the loss. Josh Stout also had 2 goals. In cage, Liam Donnelly and Daniel Costa split time with each making 2 saves.
Virginia was led by Michael Kraus with 5 points (3G,2A), Ian Laviano with 4 goals, and Matt Moore who had 4 points (3G,1A) in the win. Alex Rode and Patrick Burkinshaw split time in cage with Rode making 5 saves and Burkinshaw making 8 saves. William Hudson also played about a minute and made 1 save.
Penn State 13, Maryland 10
The biggest matchup of the year lived up to the hype and left many calling it an “instant classic”. While the number 1 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions started off hot the number 3 ranked Maryland Terrapins were able to comeback and make it game. However, Penn State got the last laugh and secured the road win.
Penn State started the scoring with a Mac O’Keefe goal and Maryland quickly answered with Will Snider getting the Terps on the board. The Nittany Lions then went on a seven-goal run to take the 8-1 lead heading into the second. While the first quarter featured a lt of offense the second quarter featured a ton of defense. Both goalies were on fire and playing out of their minds. Jared Bernhardt finally got the first goal of the second with 1:56 in the half to get Maryland their second of the game. Louis Dubick scored for Maryland with just 19 seconds left in the half. Penn State held an 8-3 lead heading into the half, but it felt as if Maryland carried the momentum.
Penn State star attackman Grant Ament did go down with an apparent foot injury midway through the second quarter but he did return in the third quarter and played the rest of the game. Ament was held out and in a boot last week for the Nittany Lions win against Cleveland State and has battled injures his entire career at Penn State.
Maryland exploded coming out of the half as they got early early on in the third, using four straight goals to extend their run to a six goals and make it a one-goal 8-7 Penn State lead. Penn State would finally wake up late in the third and scored three straight from late in the third to early in the fourth. That run helped the Nittany Lions take a 10-7 lead at the end of the third and push it to an 11-7 lead early in the fourth.
In the fourth quarter it was very back-and-forth but it felt as if Penn State always had some kind of momentum on their side. Both teams literally traded goals, answering each other the entire quarter. Penn State was able to hang onto their lead and secure the 13-10 win.
Penn State was led by Mac O’Keefe with 4 points (2G,2A) while Jack Kelly also had 4 points (3G,1A) in the win. Nick Spillane had 3 points (2G,1A) while Grant Ament dished out 2 assist. Colby Kneese made 7 saves in cage for the Nittany Lions.
Jared Bernhardt led Maryland with 5 points (3G,2A) while Anthony DeMaio had 3 points (1G,2A) in the loss. Roman Puglise scored 2 goals for the Terps as well. Danny Dolan made 7 saves in cage for Maryland.