Penn State’s Tom LaCrosse barely beat the buzzer to force overtime, but No. 3 Notre Dame’s Matt Kavanagh found the net in extra time to give the Fighting Irish a 10-9 win over the No. 8 Nittany Lions at Holuba Hall on Sunday afternoon.
In front of a capacity crowd of 1,249, Kavanaugh spoiled the day with 1:34 left in extra time.
“You talk about a roller coaster game,” Penn State head coach Jeff Tambroni said. “First and foremost I give Notre Dame a lot of credit, being down two goals with a few minutes to play. I thought we had a good possession that unfortunately ended with a timer-on violation and (Notre Dame) came back and capitalized.
“I give our guys a lot of credit as well. To fight back with 17 seconds left, to win a faceoff, have enough piece of mind to win a faceoff and to have the poise, Tommy LaCrosse had poise knowing the clock is winding down and get a good shot. Not just a shot against a first-team All-American goalie, but a good one. That says a lot about him and that says a lot about our team.”
LaCrosse and Jack Forster each netted three goals while one each came from TJ Sanders, Kyle VanThof and Kyle Zittel as Penn State held a 7-5 lead early in the fourth quarter. Forster, Sanders and Shane Sturgis each gave out an assist.
Conor Doyle had three goals for the Irish, Liam O’Connor had two and one each were scored by Jim Marlatt, Westy Hopkins, Tyler Kimball and Steve Murphy.
Austin Kaut made 10 saves for Penn State (2-1), which hosts Ohio State on Saturday.