The St. John’s men’slacrosse team went intoSaturday’s road game atPenn State hoping to rack uptheir second conference winthis season to bring theirrecord to just one gameunder .500. Tight defenseby the Nittany Lions, coupledwith costly mistakes,resulted in a 9-5 loss for theRed Storm, subsequentlydropping them to 4-7 on theseason and 1-4 in theECAC.
“We did what we neededto do to win, but yourenot gonna beat good teamsmaking mistakes like wemade, and thats real disappointing,”coach JasonMiller said.
After being shut out 3-0in the first period, St. John’sgot on the board five minutesinto the second after juniorJustin ODonnell scored onan assist by fellow juniorTom Michaelsen.
Michaelsen would later earnhis second of three assists inthe game when TrevorMichaelsen, the twin brotherof Tom, scored with fiveminutes remaining in thefirst half.
Penn State respondedwith two quick goals pastgoalie Dave Saccente, butsophomore Matt Viscusiended the second period witha goal at the buzzer, onceagain putting the Red Stormback by two goals.
Junior Graeme Gillsepiebegan the third by scoring onthe Nittany Lions’ goalieDrew Adams to bring thegame to within one. Thatwas as close as St. John’swould get after Penn State’sGil Pearsall scored an unassistedgoal with under fiveminutes remaining in theperiod. Gillsepie scoredagain in the closing minuteoff his second assist fromsophomore Tom Maines, butMax Van Arsdales last secondgoal for Penn State leftthe Red Storm trailing 7-5.
St. John’s seemed to sputterin the forth, being held to justfour shots in the period as PennState cushioned their lead withgoals from Pat Heim and ScottBubba while holding the RedStorm scoreless. St. John’shave their last home game ofthe season this Saturday againstHobart, after which they willtravel to Fairfield to wrap upthe season.