Feb. 18, 2012
Site: State College, Pa. (Penn State Lacrosse Field)
Score: #17 Penn State 16, Michigan 9
Records: U-M (0-2), PSU (1-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 25 -- at Denver (Denver, Colo.),1:30 p.m. MST
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team was beaten by No. 17 Penn State, 16-9, on Saturday (Feb. 18) at Penn State Lacrosse Field. Tied 2-2 midway through the second quarter, PSU scored 11 of the next 12 goals to sew up the win.
The contest was the first leg of the three-segment competition for the Creator's Trophy, which includes U-M, PSU and Ohio State -- the three Big Ten schools that compete in men's lacrosse.
Three Wolverines posted a pair of goals: sophomore midfielder Doug Bryant (Princeton, N.J./Princeton), freshman attackman Will Meter (Beverly Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) and senior midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm). Penn State's Jack Forster had five goals and three assists. Gavin Ahern posted a hat trick.
Scoreless eight minutes into the first quarter, Vasileff opened the scoring at 6:46 on a feed from behind the goal by Willie Steenland (Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School). Following back-to-back Penn State tallies, Vasileff scored once again on a pass from behind the net by Meter at 12:51.
From the 6:03 mark of the second quarter to 8:10 of the third quarter, Penn State scored five straight goals to make it 7-2. Meter broke the streak at 7:57 following tic-tac-toe passing. PSU bounced right back with six goals over the next 5:05 to make it 13-3.
The Maize and Blue fought back with three goals in a row. PSU repeated the feat to reestablish a 10-goal advantage in the fourth quarter. Michigan then scored three in a row to conclude the contest.
Michigan travels west to play in the DU Face-Off Classic next weekend (Sat-Sun., Feb. 25-26). U-M opposes host Denver at 1:30 p.m. MST on Feb. 25. U-M also takes on Air Force in Denver at 11 a.m. MST on Feb. 26.
Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423