WRITTEN BY PATRICK MCCORMACK
The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers fell 1-0 to the #16 Penn State Nittany Lions in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
“First, I’d like to say that Penn State did a first class job in hosting,” said head coach Tom Giovatto. “As for the game, the boys played really well tonight. We turned up the intensity in the second half. We did a great job keeping the ball and creating some chance but unfortunately, tonight, we couldn’t find the back of the net. Penn State is a very good team. I am happy that the guys, especially our seniors, got to experience this and we can head back home with our heads held up high.”
Penn State scored the lone goal when Eli Dennis took a pass, from Drew Klingenberg, which beat Jack Binks, in the 36th minute.
Senior Gabriel Bagot had a oppertunity to score in the first half but was stopped by Penn State goalie Andrew Wolverton.
Bagot enjoyed the experience of playing in the NCAA Tournament.
“It was a great experience to play in a big game like this,” commented senior forward Gabriel Bagot. “We came out more aggressive in the second half but just couldn’t capitalize on some chances. It was a great experience to play in the NCAA’s.”
Kevin Correa took the last shot for the Terriers, but it was stopped just shy of the goal.
Binks finished the game with two saves for the Terriers. He finished the season giving up one goal or less in 15 games.
“This season has been very successful one,” Binks said. “The success brought us closer together as a team. Winning the NEC Championship created a bond that we will always remember and cherish. It was an amazing experience to represent our school, our conference and each other.”
Wolverton, the Big Ten Goalie of the Year, finished the game with four saves.
Penn State heads to UC Santa Barbara in the second round.
The Terriers finish the season as NEC Champions with a record of 12-6-1.
SFBK will build on this year and use it to get better during the off season.
“I’m extremely proud of our team,” junior co-captain . “We now have this experience under our belts and our focus will be to work harder in the offseason and train harder to come back and experience this again next season.”