Wildcats Split Games With Two Ranked Lacrosse Teams
In Saturday’s game before more than 100 spectators, Penn College got off to a quick start and, with a goal by Rafael Correa as time ran out in the first half, the Wildcats had a 6-3 lead.
"But ESU, showing why they are an excellent team, battled back with four minutes left in the game to tie it at 7-7," recapped coach Lou Allen. Jake Reidenauer scored with two minutes remaining to put the Wildcats ahead, 8-7.
"The defense – led by Mike Leventhal, Drew Baugus, Mike Betz, Ryan Getley and Nick Judge – was able to hold off a last-minute rush to preserve a first-time victory over ESU," the coach said.
Playing a career game in goal and Most Valuable Player of the game was Rick McConnell with 20 saves, many of them termed "spectacular" by Allen. Reidenauer finished with three goals, while Correa had two and an assist. Midfielders Andrew Zimmer, Dan Pulinski and Mark Boff each scored a goal; Derrick Kulp had two assists while Zimmer also had an assist. Pulinski and Andrew Rossi got the majority of the face-offs, the coach said.
On Sunday, Penn College took on an excellent Millersville squad.
"Another crowd of over 100 people and temperatures in the mid-60s made it a great day for lacrosse," Allen said. "The Wildcats battled hard, but the Millersville defense was stifling." Jaz Katz scored a goal with 10 minutes left in the game to close the gap and make the score 5-4, but Penn College could not get any closer. Anthony Gobbi scored a goal in the closing minute to make the final score 8-5.
Among his teammates, Correa had two goals, Reidenauer had one and Evan Aiegeldinger recorded an assist. McConnell led another strong defensive showing, making 12 saves.
"Thirty-two different players participated ... and all of them played their hearts out in two tough games," said Allen, who thanked fans for their support of the team – which now has a record of 1-2.
Penn College is in the Keystone Conference, arguably in the hardest conference of the league, and the coach said the schedule doesn't get any easier: At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Wildcats play Lock Haven University, No. 12 in the NCLL polls. On Sunday, the Wildcats take on Robert Morris University at 10:30 a.m., followed by a game versus Cabrini College at 1:30 p.m.