NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's Deron Dempster scored with just 12 seconds remaining, nullifying an outstanding comeback by the Penn men's lacrosse team as the Bulldogs defeated the Quakers, 10-9, Saturday afternoon.
Penn (1-6, 0-3) never led in Saturday's game, but came back from an 8-5 deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to tie the score at 9-9 when Tim Schwalje scored his fourth goal of the day with 5:39 left.
Yale (3-4, 1-2) got things started on Saturday, as Brandon Mangan and Gregory Mahony scored in the first five minutes. Ryan Parietti and Schwalje knotted things up with goals three minutes apart, but Dempster notched his first of the day late in the period to give Yale a 3-2 lead after one.
Dempster doubled the lead just more than five minutes into the second quarter, followed shortly afterward by Parietti's second of the day. A killer Yale run occured late in the half; Matt Gibson, Dempster and Michael Pratt all scored within the final minute and a half to push the Bulldogs in front, 7-3, at the break.
Penn got back into it in a third quarter defined by few goals. John Conneely had the first, with 10:42 left, followed more than six minutes later by Schwalje. Dempster got one of those back before the quarter ended, finishing a Gibson feed.
In recent weeks Penn has been victimized by fourth-quarter collapses. That was not at all the case on Saturday, as the Quakers outshot the Bulldogs 10-5 and scored four of the first five goals in the period to get level.
Dan Savage got the run started less than two minutes into the period, followed less than two minutes later by Schwalje (his third of the day). Just 1:22 after Schwalje's goal, Savage again scored, and just like that the score was tied, 8-8.
Mahony needed less than a minute to untie the game, finishing a Shane Thornton feed, and then more than four minutes went by before Schwalje knotted things up again.
Penn outshot Yale on the day, 31-26, although the Bulldogs dominated the faceoffs, 17-6. Brendan Engelke and Brian Feeney split the game in goal. In his first minutes of 2012, Engelke allowed seven goals and made two saves in the first half. Feeney replaced him at the break and allowed just two goals while making five stops.
Penn returns to action next Saturday, hosting Brown at 6 p.m.