PRINCETON, N.J. - The Penn men's lacrosse team was shut down by No. 16 Princeton on Saturday afternoon at the Tigers' Class of 1952 Stadium, losing 11-4.
Princeton improved to 4-2 on the young season, while Penn fell to 1-4. The game was the Ivy League opener for both squads.
The score was 3-3 midway through the second quarter, but the Tigers shut the Quakers down after that as the Quakers went more than 33 minutes without a goal. In the meantime, Princeton built up a 10-3 lead and that proved to be insurmountable.
The first period was defined by patient offense on both sides. It was nearly 10 minutes before anyone scored, as Jeff Froccaro finally broke through for Princeton as he netted an unassisted effort. Penn matched that goal in the final minute of the quarter, as Tim Schwalje finished a feed from John Conneely.
Princeton went back up in the second, as Tom Schreiber and then Froccaro scored in the first five minutes to make it 3-1. However, Ryan Parietti and Dan Savage scored 1:49 apart, both off Schwalje feeds, to make it 3-3 with seven minutes left before halftime.
It stayed that way until the final seconds of the half, when Princeton took advantage of a man-up situation to get ahead for good. Mike MacDonald fed Mike Grossman for the late goal with just 18 seconds left, and the teams went to the locker rooms with the Tigers up 4-3.
Princeton put this game away in the third quarter, scoring three goals without Penn answering. Tucker Shanley scored the Tigers' first two goals, at 13:52 and 11:37, and then Chris White finished a MacDonald feed with 9:43 left to make the score 7-3.
Penn got a man-up situation early in the fourth and it looked like the Quakers had a chance to get back into the game. Unfortunately the Quakers turned the ball over, tripped the Princeton player as he crossed midfield to nullify the man advantage, then saw the Tigers score in the 5-on-5 situation to make the score 8-3 as Schreiber nicely fed MacDonald in front.
Another Penn turnover midway through the period led to an unsettled situation that Princeton took advantage of, as Schreiber fed MacDonald again to make it 9-3. The Tigers officially put this game away with a Penn player in the box with a non-releasable penalty, scoring in the man advantage.
Penn finally got back on the board with 3:32 left in the fourth. The Quakers forced a turnover, and in transition Rob Fitzpatrick got off a shot that rang the post. The rebound came right to Parietti, who picked up the ground ball and stuck the shot from in front past Princeton goalie Tyler Fiorito.
Princeton won the ensuing faceoff, however, and Schreiber once again found MacDonald to make it 11-4. That closed out the scoring.
Brian Feeney had seven saves for the Quakers, while Fiorito had seven stops in the Princeton goal. Princeton outshot Penn, 31-26, and won 11 of the 19 faceoffs.
Penn returns to action next Saturday, hosting Cornell at Franklin Field at noon.