Men's lacrosse visits Drexel Saturday

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State men's lacrosse will try to snap a two-game skid against CAA rival Drexel on Saturday at Vidas Field in Philadelphia. Opening faceoff for the 33rd edition of the Penn State-Drexel rivalry is slated for 2 p.m.

PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (4-5, 0-1 CAA) at DREXEL DRAGONS (6-4, 1-1 CAA)
Game 10: April 5, 2014 • 2 p.m. • Vidas Field • Philadelphia, Pa.
VENUE Vidas Field (Turf; 1,000)
LIVE COVERAGE & STATS Live Video (free) & Live Stats
SERIES RECORD Penn State leads 27-5
LAST MEETING 4/6/13, Penn State 13-6 (at PSU)
NEXT TIME OUT Saturday, Apr. 12 at Towson, 7 p.m.
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GAME NOTES
• Penn State goes on the road for the first time in 26 days on Saturday at Drexel
• The Nittany Lions and Dragons meet for the 33rd time, PSU is 14-1 at Drexel
• Nittany Lions coming off a tough 9-7 loss to Villanova last weekend
Austin Kaut had 13 saves; Michael Richards, Shane Sturgis each scored twice vs. VU
• Drexel has won its past two games and three of its past four
• Two of the best in the country faceoff at the X: Drake Kreinz and Nick Saputo
• Kreinz (61.7%, 14th) and Saputo (67%, 4th) each rank near the top of faceoff wins
• Penn State looks to improve its 164-45-1 all-time record vs. Pennsylvania D-I teams
Shane Sturgis is 7th all-time at Penn State with 146 points, needing 2 points to reach 6th
Austin Kaut is second in school history in saves (636), 58 behind Drew Adams (694)
• Penn State plays its final CAA road game at Towson next week

SCOUTING THE DRAGONS
Drexel (6-4, 1-1 CAA) enters Saturday's contest on a two-game win streak and having won three of its past four contests. Last week, the Dragons defeated Saint Joseph's, 14-10, and Delaware, 9-7, in a pair of road games. Faceoff specialist, Nick Saputo, is the reigning CAA Player of the Week following a two-game total of 33 faceoff wins in 46 attempts (71.7 percent). Saputo ranks fourth nationally in faceoff percentage (67 percent) and third in ground balls per game (10.2). Saputo has also pitched in with two goals and three assists this year.

Offensively, the Dragons are paced by the scoring trio of Ben McIntosh (34 points), Nick Triziano (34) and Cole Shafer (32). McIntosh leads the team with 27 goals, while Triziano has 25 and Shafer 18. Ryan Belka and Jared Boudreau have each contributed 11 goals to the cause. Defensively, Drexel is led by Matt Busek (26 GB, 17 CT) and goalkeeper Will Gabrielsen (6-3, 9.86 GAA, 54.6 save pct.).

Drexel is accustomed to playing high-scoring games, tallying 11.5 goals per game and conceding 10.4 goals per game. The Dragons tend to get off to fast starts as evidenced by a plus-22 scoring margin (63-41) in the first half, while trailing its opponents 62-52 in the second half. DU excels on the extra-man, scoring on 43.6 percent of its chances, but allowing goals 57.7 percent of the time on the man-down.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. DREXEL
All-Time Series: 27-5
PSU Streak: 1 win
First Meeting: 5/23/42, PSU 6-3
Last Meeting: 4/6/13, PSU 13-6
Last PSU Win: 4/6/13, PSU 13-6
Last DU Win: 5/2/12, 13-11
Largest PSU Win: 16-3, 3/31/76
Largest DU Win: 12-7, 4/10/10
At Drexel: 14-1
PSU Goals vs. DU: 420-255

LAST FIVE MEETINGS VS. DREXEL
4/6/13: W, 13-6 - H
5/2/12: L, 11-13 - H
4/7/12: W, 10-9 - A
4/9/11: L, 13-14 - H
4/10/10: L, 7-12 - A
This will be the fifth straight season that Penn State and Drexel meet and the 33rd time overall. Penn State is 14-1 all-time at Drexel. This season's contest will be the last as CAA members as the Big Ten adds lacrosse next season.

LIONS FALL TO VISITING VILLANOVA
The visiting Villanova Wildcats built a four-goal lead in the third quarter and fended off a late Nittany Lion rally to win, 9-7, Saturday afternoon at rainy Penn State Lacrosse Field. Austin Kaut matched his season-high in saves (13), while Michael Richards and Shane Sturgis tallied two goals apiece for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State (4-5, 0-1 CAA) committed a season-high 21 turnovers and was unable to solve the staunch Villanova defense, shooting just 22.6 percent. On the other hand, Villanova (4-5, 2-0 Big East) won its third game in a row led by Kevin O'Neil (three goals, one assist) and Austin Frederick (three goals).

The Wildcats and Nittany Lions traded goals early as VU's Eric Gartner and PSU's Richards had it at one goal apiece with 6:33 left in the opening frame. Villanova then went on a 3-0 run on goals from O'Neil and Frederick to earn a 4-1 lead with 10:56 remaining in the second period.

Penn State would cut the VU lead to one, 5-4, after a 3-1 spurt of its own. PSU received goals from Pat Manley, Sturgis and TJ Sanders, but Villanova would score with four seconds left in the half for a two-goal Villanova advantage.

VU kicked the lead to a game-high four at 8-4 midway through the third as Penn State tried to charge back, but never getting closer than two goals. Tom LaCrosse also pitched in with his sixth goal of the year.

Drake Kreinz won his 11th faceoff of the day in 19 tries, setting up Penn State's offense with 3:44 remaining. VU goalkeeper Dan Willis would make three of his nine saves in the game's final three minutes to hand the Nittany Lions their fourth defeat in their past five games. Kreinz finished with five ground balls. 

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Last Updated April 03, 2014