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Stony Brook drops to 0-2 after loss to No. 16 Penn State

Stony Brook head coach Jim Nagle looks on

Stony Brook head coach Jim Nagle looks on against Fairfield in the second half of an NCAA men's lacrosse game at LaValle Stadium on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

As the snow began to fall at University Park, the sticks went cold for the Stony Brook men’s lacrosse team. No. 16 Penn State defeated Stony Brook, 15-8, in non-conference men’s lacrosse action at Panzer Stadium on a snowy Saturday afternoon, dropping the Seawolves fell to 0-2 on the season.

“I thought the team showed competitive spirit that we did not in our first outing,” said coach Jim Nagle, referring to Stony Brook’s home loss in its season opener to Sacred Heart February 10. “We just gave Penn State too many transition opportunities to win.”

Penn State (2-1) wasted little time from the start, scoring three times in the game’s opening 63 seconds, including a goal from Kevin Fox 10 seconds into the match. The Nittany Lions held a 6-3 lead after the first quarter with the Stony Brook goals coming from Chris Pickel Jr., Cory VanGinhoven and Owen Daly. The pace slowed in the second quarter as the snow started and Penn State took an 8-4 lead into halftime.

The Seawolves came out aggressively in the third period, firing 14 shots compared to Penn State’s five, but only cut the Nittany Lions lead by one goal and trailed 9-6 after the frame.

Stony Brook’s comeback efforts continued, as Pickel Jr. scored his third goal of the game with 13:55 remaining in the contest to cut Penn State’s lead to 9-7, but the Nittany Lions scored the next four goals, taking a 13-7 advantage with 8:10 remaining in the game.

Pickel Jr., a sophomore attack from Bayport, led a young Stony Brook offense. Daly added two goals and Tom Haun had two assists in the loss.

Penn State outshot Stony Brook by 35-29 and held a 38-20 advantage on ground balls to control possession.

Kevin Hill led Penn State with four goals. Mac O’Keefe, a sophomore attack from Syosset, added three goals and Gerard Arceri, a Smithtown East graduate, had two goals, an assist and 10 ground balls for the Nittany Lions.

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