No. 16 Penn State Upends Towson, 8-3
Andrew Wascavage Ties Career-High With 17 Saves
TOWSON, Md. – Towson junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage tied his career-high with 17 saves, but the Tiger offense was held in check in an 8-3 loss to No. 16 Penn State Saturday night at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.
Towson (7-5, 2-2 CAA) scored the final two goals of the second quarter to trail just 4-3 at halftime, but for the first time all season the Tigers failed to register a goal in the second half.
Penn State (7-5, 3-1 CAA) outshot Towson 39-28 en route to winning its third straight game. Shane Sturgis and Matthew Mackrides each posted hat tricks for the Nittany Lions, who move into a tie with Drexel for second in the league standings behind No. 2 UMass.
“We’re really going to have a tough road ahead of us if we’re only going to score three goals a game,” said Tiger head coach Shawn Nadelen. “Penn State set the tone early. They came out with a lot of emotion. Their goalie is very good, but we made him look great with our shot selection.”
Towson struck first at the 8:35 mark of the opening quarter on a blast from senior Carl Iacona off a feed from sophomore Andrew Hodgson. Penn State controlled the rest of the quarter though, scoring four consecutive goals to end the stanza up 4-1. Mackrides tallied a pair of goals in the first quarter and Drew Roper capped the Nittany Lion run with a goal with just under one second remaining before the horn.
The Tigers held Penn State scoreless in the second quarter and senior Matt Lamon scored twice in a 37 second span to cut the Nittany Lion lead to 4-3 at halftime. Junior Matt Hughes assisted on Lamon’s second goal.
Towson’s offense was stalled though for the final 6:45 of the first half and the entire second half. Sturgis scored the only two goals of the third quarter to give Penn State a 6-3 edge entering the final period.
The Tigers got off 11 shots in the fourth quarter and created a handful of decent scoring chances, but Nittany Lion goalkeeper Austin Kaut made six of his 13 saves in the stanza to keep the Tigers scoreless.
Mackrides completed his hat trick 2:15 into the fourth quarter and Jack Forster netted his team-leading 24th goal of the year with 5:35 remaining to seal the win for Penn State.
Wascavage, who recorded 17 saves against UMBC just 10 days ago, has posted 49 saves in his last three games.
Towson will play its final home game of the 2012 season on Saturday, April 14 against Drexel. The CAA clash with the Dragons is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m. from Johnny Unitas® Stadium. The Tiger seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.