No. 11 men's lacrosse hosts Towson Saturday

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The No. 11 Nittany Lion men's lacrosse team will make history on Saturday, playing in its first Big Ten Network broadcast when Towson visits Penn State Lacrosse Field at 1 p.m. Saturday's game will be a festive event as the Nittany Lions celebrate their 10 departing seniors before the game and the first 100 fans will receive BTN foam fingers. All regular season Penn State lacrosse home games are free to attend.

Game 12: April 13, 2013 // 1 p.m. // Penn State Lacrosse Field // University Park, Pa.

VENUE: Penn State Lacrosse Field (turf; 1,000)
TV COVERAGE: Big Ten Network
TALENT: Mike Wolf (pxp), Greg Bice (analysis)
LAST MEETING: April 14, 2012; PSU 8-3 (Towson, Md.)
NEXT GAME: April 20 at Delaware, 7 p.m.

• Penn State puts six-game winning streak on the line vs. Towson
• Nittany Lions will be on TV for the third time this season, second game on nationally
• Penn State will honor 10 seniors for their contribution to Nittany Lion program
• The Nittany Lions defeated Towson last year, 8-3, in Maryland
• Towson has won four straight, and seven of last nine games, entering Saturday
• Penn State ran away from Drexel, 13-6, last Saturday in Happy Valley
Jack Forster and TJ Sanders scored four times each, earning CAA weekly honors
• Forster has 11 career hat tricks, eight in the past two years, Sanders with six in 2013
Austin Kaut made 13 saves vs. DU and has .750 save percentage in last 6 games
Jack Forster, Danny Henneghan and Austin Kaut have earned top 10 spots in Penn State's record books in various categories
• Lion midfield has scored 26 goals in past six games, had 10 in first five games
• Forster is riding a 23-game point streak dating back to Mar. 3, 2012
• Penn State hits the road next week for a night game at Delaware on Saturday

Prior to the game on Saturday, Penn State will honor 10 seniors who have contributed countless hours in the classroom and on the field for the lacrosse program. Travis Crane, Conor Baucum, John Cugini, Eric Davidheiser, Nick Dolik, Jack Forster, Danny Henneghan, Drew Roper, David Spadacene and manager Tyler Schmitt will be a part of the pre-game introductions for PSU.

After starting 0-3 to start the season, Towson (7-5, 3-0 CAA) has won seven of its last nine games including the last four in a row. During the four-game winning streak, Towson won road games at UMBC (12-9) and Delaware (7-6, OT), while upsetting Hofstra (7-6) at home before beating UMass (9-5) last week.

The story of the Tigers' season has been the play of goalie Andrew Wescavage, who has earned CAA Co-Player of the Week honors the past two weeks. Wascavage ranks fourth nationally in save percentage (.625) and saves per game (14.33). Last week against UMass he saved 20 of 25 shots on goal.

On attack, which scores 8.33 goals per game, the Tigers are led by Thomas DeNapoli with 39 points on 29 goals and 10 assists. Cory Dobyns (18 goals), Andrew Hodgson (15) and Greg Cuccinello (11) are TU's other double-digit scorers. At the faceoff X, it's been by committee with five different Tigers taking attempts. As a team, Towson has won just 94 of 244 faceoffs for a winning percentage of .385. On special teams, the man-up scores 31.1 percent of the time, while the man-down unit allows a goal at 40.5 percent.

All-Time Series: 6-12
PSU Streak: 2 wins
First Meeting: 4/8/81, PSU 14-6
Last Meeting: 4/14/12, PSU 8-3
Last PSU Win: 4/14/12, 8-3
Last TOW Win: 4/24/10, 10-9
Largest PSU Win: 14-6, 4/8/81
Largest TOW Win: 18-7, 4/1/87
PSU at home vs. TOW: 3-5
PSU Goals vs. TOW: 181-221

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Last Updated April 11, 2013