Towson State works out kinks, Penn State, 10-7

March 21, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

If the Towson State lacrosse team thinks it has had it rough getting through the Blizzard of '93, the Tigers should consider what Penn State has been through.

Stepping outside for the first time in eight days and moving to the Naval Academy's Turf Field because of poor conditions at Minnegan Stadium, Towson State cruised to a 10-7 victory over the Nittany Lions yesterday. Both teams had trouble finding their way, and there should have been one more column on the stat sheet, for POB -- passes out of bounds.

It was Towson State's first game in two weeks. The March 13 game against Maryland was pushed back to Wednesday, but even that game is doubtful. Coach Carl Runk's Tigers (2-0) could be spending another week inside the Towson Center.

"We made a lot of errors, and I can understand that," said Runk, who notched the 225th victory of his 26-year career. "It's like the start of the season again. Practice conditions weren't the best, but they haven't been good for anyone."

Before yesterday, Penn State's only days outside since practice started were losses at Navy and North Carolina. The Nittany Lions (0-3) have been holed up in their indoor football facility, but even that wasn't haven enough for their March 14 date against Villanova. Twenty-eight inches of snow fell in Happy Valley the day before, and without officials, they could only scrimmage.

Both Towson State and Penn State start a number of underclassmen, and a veteran was the difference. Senior attackman Joe Genovese's five assists staked the Tigers to a 9-5 lead early in the fourth quarter, and his only goal, with 2:37 left, clinched it.

"I know it was only one week, but it seems like we've been inside for three weeks," Genovese said. "Practicing inside has hurt us, and we don't have our legs yet. We've got to play better as a team, but we really don't know what we have yet."

Sophomore David Quinn had three goals for the Tigers, freshman Tim Langton had two, and Runk praised junior goalie )) Tim Colt (Fallston). The biggest of his 20 saves came with 5:22 left and the Nittany Lions on a two-goal roll that had cut the difference to 9-7. In transition, the unchecked Chris Lehman had a point-blank shot smothered by Colt.

Lehman's second goal forced a 4-4 tie three minutes into the second half, but the Tigers then ran off four straight goals. Quinn got two, and Steve Carcaterra and Stewart Crotty (St. Paul's) made it 8-4 after three periods.

Jason Johnson, a freshman out of Loyola High, had 23 saves for the Nittany Lions, who were outshot, 58-35. Thanks to Chris Marcus, Penn State dominated the faceoffs, 13-7.

Penn State 1 2 1 3 -- 7

Towson State 2 2 4 2 -- 10

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