To say freshman Austin Kaut has exceeded expectations is a clear understatement.
The goalie made 25 saves, the most by any player in the NCAA this season, and the Penn State men's lacrosse team upset No. 5 University of Massachusetts, 8-7, on Saturday in Amherst, Mass.
The game was the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams, and moved the Nittany Lions to 3-3 on the season. UMass dropped to 5-2.
Penn State was again led by underclassmen, accounting for seven of the Lions' eight goals. Sophomore midfielder Kyle VanThof paced the team netting four goals, with freshman attack Tom LaCrosse scoring twice and freshman Shane Sturgis scoring his team-leading ninth on the year. Senior Colton Vosburgh netted the final goal for the Lions.
The Minutemen defense forced 22 Penn State turnovers, but Kaut was up to the task, holding on to the slimmest of leads.
Penn State will return home to prepare for its next game as it takes on St. Joseph's next Saturday.
Check Monday's Collegian for more coverage.