After leading for almost the entiregame, the Red Storm (3-5) fell to previouslywinless Penn State 13-11 last Saturday atCollege Park, Penn.
Penn State (1-6) rallied inthe fourth quarter by scoring sixgoals to take the lead for good.The underclassmen were refreshingfor the Red Storm. Freshman AlexLagodich scored a team-high fourgoals, including two in the third quarter.
Lagodich’s performance marks thehighest goal mark of the season for anySt. John’s player.
Sophomore Charlie Holenstein,redshirt sophomore Ryan Herits, andfreshman Tyler Novotny each scoredone goal.
Once the Nittanny Lions tied thegame at nine apiece in the fourth quarter,Red Storm midfi elder Garrett Mitchellran down the left sideline and fi red ashot. The ball barely escaped PennState’s goalkeeper. The goal extendedMitchell’s goal-scoring streak to eightgames and gave St. John’s a 10-9 leadwith 12:34 remaining.
For the rest of the quarter, however,Penn State was able to take advantageof numerous face-offs and penalties.
At one point, the Nittany Lionsscored three goals while having anextra man in only three minutes. Theyclinched the game with just overthan two minutes remaining, capitalizingon an empty net.
The Red Storm will begin the BigEast regular season when they travelto Rutgers this Saturday at 3 p.m.