Closing Victories Give Men’s Lacrosse Club Best Season on Record

Published 05.06.2013


It was a tall order for the Penn College Men’s Club Lacrosse team: three games in as many days, against #17-ranked Penn State Altoona and Bloomsburg and Shippensburg universities. The Wildcats played their best lacrosse of the season and swept all three to finish the season with a record of 4-3, their highest winning percentage in history.

The first game was Friday night against nationally ranked Penn State Altoona.

In a defensive struggle, Penn College jumped out to a 5-2 halftime lead, coach Lou Allen said. The Wildcats were unable to score in the second half, but, thanks to a stingy defense led by Jayson Yorston in goal (15 saves), Mike Leventhal, Alex Roese and Drew Baugus, Altoona could only manage two more goals.

The scoring for the Wildcats was spread around, as Jake Reidenauer, Andrew Zimmer, Dan Pulinski, Derrick Kulp and Evan Aiegeldinger each had a goal in the 5-4 win.

The team played a doubleheader on Sunday, the final day of the season. Bloomsburg was the opponent in the first game and the Wildcats had their best offensive game of the year, scoring 11 goals. Rick McConnell recorded the win and had three saves in the first half; Yorston had eight saves in the second. Two goals each were scored by Darren Corson, Rafael Correa and Reidenauer. Nick Judge, Alex Kelly, Andrew Rossi, Zimmer and Pulinski added one each; Rossi dominated the faceoffs in the 11-5 victory.

In the final game of the season, against divisional foe Shippensburg, Penn College started out sluggish and was down 4-2 at the half.

"But being the hard-fighting team they are, the Wildcats gathered up most of the ground balls led by Logan Blouch, played tight defense led by Scott Sicina and scored five unanswered goals to win the game, 7-4," the coach said.

Yorston got the win and had eight saves; McConnell also recorded a save. Corson, Kulp and Correa each scored two goals, while Zimmer added the seventh tally.

The Wildcats did not reach their goal of making the National Collegiate Lacrosse League playoffs, but did beat two nationally ranked teams on their way to their best season to date.

"With only six players graduating, 2014 cannot come soon enough, as Penn College Men’s Lacrosse is a force to be reckoned with," Allen said. "We would like to recognize the six graduates for their outstanding play and wish them well in the outside world. The team will miss Jack Foister, Logan Blouch, Andrew Rossi, Scott Sicina, Jake Reidenauer and Darren Corson. Their contributions this year were instrumental in Penn College having their best year ever."

"Your faces and lacrosse skills will be missed," he told the team's graduating members.