Tomahawks’ rally falls short, season ends

BLAINE, Minn. — The Johnstown Tomahawks’ historic season came to an end Sunday afternoon as the Fairbanks Ice Dogs edged the Tomahawks, 6-3, at Fogerty Arena.

Fairbanks led, 4-0, after the first period.

The Ice Dogs converted after the Tomahawks turned the puck over when Matt Koethe finished a pass from Luke Ciolli for a 1-0 lead.

Fairbanks increased their lead to 2-0 with a power play goal from Noah Wilson just 48 seconds later. Tanner Edwards made it 3-0 Ice Dogs at the 4:15 mark of the first period, and Edwards notched his second goal of the game at 15:14 to send the Ice Dogs into intermission up 4-0.

Johnstown started their comeback attempt with an early goal from Cam Hebert at the 5:41 mark of the second period. Christian Gorscak cut the Ice Dogs’ lead to 4-2 with his second goal of the playoffs at 17:02, and Johnstown got within one when Andy Nedeljkovic deflected a Chris Trouba shot past Mattias Sholl.

Jonathan Sorenson restored the Fairbanks two-goal lead with a goal at 10:36 of the third period.

Brendan MacLaren added the sixth Fairbanks goal in the empty net for a 6-3 final score, closing the book on the Tomahawks historic season.

No. 1 PSU advances

UNIVERSITY PARK — The No. 1 Penn State men’s lacrosse team took down UMBC, 25-10, on Sunday afternoon at Panzer Stadium to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinal game on Sunday, May 19 at East Hartford, Connecticut.

The Nittany Lions used an impressive performance at the face-off to lead the way to victory.

Penn State went 34-38 on face-offs, just one face-off win shy of the NCAA single game team record of 35.

Gerard Arceri was 25-27 at the face-off X, tying his career high with 25. Arceri won the first 14 face-offs of the game. Penn State was able to find the back of the net nine times during that 14-face-off win span.

UMBC’s first face-off win came at the 13:52 mark of the second quarter.

Arceri set a new career high in ground balls in the first half when he collected his 22nd with 1:03 to play in the second quarter. He finished the game with 24.

His counterpart Jake Glatz finished the game going 9-11 at the ‘x’ with six ground balls.

Penn State saw both Jack Kelly and Mac O’Keefe score six goals to lead the way for the top offense in the nation.

Kelly scored all six of his goals in the first half of action, recording both a career high in goals and points as he finished with seven as he added an assist to his stat line.

The Nittany Lions advance to the NCAA quarterfinal for the first time in program history and will play at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut on Sunday, May 19. The time is either noon or 2:30 p.m.

SFU to Ann Arbor

The Saint Francis softball team will play No. 15 overall seed Michigan in the NCAA Division I softball tournament Friday at 4:30 p.m.

DePaul and James Madison are also in the Ann Arbor regional. Michigan won the Big Ten title.

Morgan impresses

On the final day of action at the Centennial Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Muhlenberg College, the Haverford College men’s track and field team posted a pair of gold medal finishes as seniors Greg Morgan and Graham Peet added to their impressive career conference medal hauls, while the team recorded eight total scoring performances.

Overall, the Fords finished fourth in the team standings, recording 95.5 points.

Morgan paced the crowded field in the 1,500 meters, as he took home the conference gold in the event for a second consecutive season. Morgan’s time of 3:54.41 was more than 6 seconds faster than his title-winning run from a season ago at Ursinus.