Feb. 8, 2014
Site: State College, Pa. (Holuba Hall)
Score: #8 Penn State 22, Michigan 7
Records: U-M (0-1), PSU (1-0)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 14 -- vs. Mercer (Oosterbaan Field House), 7 p.m. [ Tickets ]
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team began the 2014 season and third year of varsity competition with a 22-7 defeat against future Big Ten opponent and No. 8-ranked Penn State on Saturday (Feb. 8) at Holuba Hall. Three of U-M's scores were of the extra-man variety, while sophomore Riley Kennedy (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) had a career-high three assists in the defeat.
U-M fell in an early hole, trailing 8-0 after the first quarter, and was down 10-0 at the 9:42 mark of the second. It was freshman Ian King (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) who scored the first goal of his Michigan career during a man-up opportunity on a feed from Kennedy to bring the score to 10-1.
The Wolverines struck first in the second stanza, as King and Kennedy connected once again on another man-up opportunity at the 13:18 mark to cut the deficit to 12-2. Following a 3-0 Penn State run, Kennedy notched his third assist of the day on yet another extra-man score, this one from junior David McCormack (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont), to run the score to 15-3.
Sophomore Mike Hernandez (Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont) netted U-M's first even-strength goal of the day at the 2:52 mark of the third, and U-M trailed 18-4 heading into the final quarter of action.
In the fourth quarter, the Nittany Lions extended the lead to as many as 16, but the Wolverines had their best offensive output quarter in the game. U-M's fourth-quarter scores came from freshman Mikie Schlosser (Davis, Calif./Davis) at the 10:10 mark, junior/sophomore David Joseph (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) at the 9:28 portion of the quarter, and graduate student Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) with three seconds remaining in the contest.
Freshman goalie Robbie Zonino (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) made his collegiate debut in goal, playing the first half. He made five saves and allowed 11 goals before giving way to sophomore Mike D'Alessio (Eastchester, N.Y./The Hackley School), who allowed 11 goals.
After being outshot 23-15 in the first half, U-M was even on shots with the Nittany Lions at 20 apiece in the second half.
The three assists for Kennedy were one off of the single-game school record, which was set by teammate Kyle Jackson (Sarnia, Ontario/The Hill Academy)last season against High Point.
Shane Sturgis led the way for Penn State on offense with seven points (six goals, assist), and TJ Sanders went for five goals and one assist.
Michigan opens up its 2014 home slate next Friday (Feb. 14) by entertaining the Mercer Bears at 7 p.m. inside Oosterbaan Field House.
N O T E S
Eight players made their debuts for the Wolverines in Josh Stauffer (sophomore) and freshman Mikie Schlosser, Ian King, Peter Khoury, Will Biagi, Stefan Bergman, Christian Wolter and Robbie Zonino.
Michigan falls to 0-4 in games with Creators Trophy implications. Thomas Paras has now scored seven goals in those four games.
Close defender Chris Walker made the first start of his career, collecting one ground ball.