Penn State's men knock off Virginia

Lions hand No. 3 Cavs 2nd straight loss, 13-8

April 28, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The 18th-ranked Penn State lacrosse team ended its season on a high note, dealing No. 3 Virginia its second straight loss, a 13-8 setback yesterday in a nonconference game in State College, Pa.

The Nittany Lions (8-5) broke the Cavaliers' momentum in the third quarter when Rob Booth scored off an assist from Luke Ogelsby to give them a 10-7 advantage.

Junior Charlie Perry scored the next two goals, both unassisted, as Penn State increased its lead to 12-8 with just 4:30 left in the match.

Penn State kept Virginia (9-3) at bay in the last quarter, allowing only Conor Gill's unassisted goal at 5:23 of the period.

The Cavaliers trailed 3-0 after the first quarter and 8-2 at halftime before they outscored the Nittany Lions 5-1 in the third period. Chris Rotelli scored two of his game-high three goals in that stretch.

Sophomore Rob Bateman converted two Cavaliers turnovers into goals in a second quarter in which the Nittany Lions outscored Virginia 5-2.

Coming to the end of their college careers, senior captains Sean Droogan and Will Driscoll (two goals) each scored in the first period to get Penn State off to a good start.

Virginia, which was coming off a 14-13 loss to Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference final last weekend in Durham, N.C., will close its regular season Tuesday against Butler.

Virginia 0 2 5 1 - 8

Penn State 3 5 1 4 - 13

Goals: V-Rotelli 3, Gill 2, Yevoli, Mohler, Hughes; PS-Driscoll 2, Bateman 2, Jones 2, Perry 2, Droogan, Jacober, Donovan, Hale, Booth. Assists: V-Gill, Burman, Whitty; PS-Ogelsby 3, Bateman, Young. Saves: V-n/a; PS-Garrity 12.

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