NCAA Preview: Nittany Lions @ Fighting Irish

The Penn State men’s lacrosse team will travel to South Bend, Indiana to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The last time the two met was in mid-March of 2013. Notre Dame came out with the W in a close 10-9 game that resulted in overtime.

Last week, the Nittany Lions faced a tough, overtime loss, to Loyola. Erik Myers and Kyle VanThof both had a great game. VanThof earned a career-high four points with two goals and two assists, and Myers scored two crucial goals.

The Nittany Lions are hoping to improve their scoring next week against Notre Dame, and coach Tambroni says they will not stop working hard to achieve a superior level of team-centered play. The team’s overall performance has been improving since they started the preseason matches, and even though they lost to Loyola, they certainly put up a fight. If PSU is able to bring their A game, they will have no problems against Notre Dame this weekend.

The Fighting Irish are ready to have another win over the Nittany Lions this weekend. They breezed past opponent Jacksonville last week with a 19-7 victory.

Notre Dame’s head coach Kevin Corrigan likes the diversity of the team and attributes the team’s success to it. He stated that he enjoys the way the team’s skill level doesn’t cause them to rely on one specific player to step up and contribute.

The skill level of his teammates certainly does not stand in the way of sophomore Matt Kavanagh. This will definitely be a standout season for him, and he scored three goals and had three assists last weekend against Jacksonville. He is hoping to keep that same pace and intensity against Penn State on Saturday.

ND and PSU are said to be “out of conference rivals” so the intensity of the game will definitely be higher than usual, especially since the last time the two teams faced, it was a close match.  Saturday’s game will be a very competitive game, and I’m excited to see which team comes out with a win. The faceoff begins in Indiana at 3 pm on Saturday.