HANOVER, N.H. - The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team put away any notions that they might be looking past Dartmouth on Saturday, scoring four goals in the first quarter and adding another in the second before the Big Green finally got on the board. The Quakers never looked back in winning, 9-3, on Scully-Fahey Field.
So after an 0-2 start, Penn ends the Ivy League campaign at 4-2, knowing that it will be a part of the Ivy League Tournament in two weeks. The Quakers (7-3) will face Towson and St. John’s next week to close out the regular season.
Penn used a familiar strategy for Saturday’s victory: a balanced attack (six different goalscorers, nobody with more than two); and a solid defense, backstopped by the red-hot Brian Feeney (12 saves).
Penn outshot Dartmouth 9-2 in the opening period and won four of the five face-offs. That dominance was reflected on the scoreboard. Drew Belinsky got the Quakers on the board nearly five minutes into the game, off an Isaac Bock feed, and then Zack Losco scored a pair of goals to make it 3-0 (the second assisted by Bock). Nick Doktor notched his first of the day with 1:28 left in the first period, and the quarter ended with the Quakers in front, 4-0.
Chris Hupfeldt scored five minutes into the second quarter, off a Doktor feed, to make it 5-0. The Big Green finally got on the board with 5:49 left before halftime, as Wiley Osborne scored unassisted. It was 5-1 at the break.
Andrew Staller opened the second-half scoring just 2:12 in, and then more than 11 minutes before anyone else dented the net. That was Dartmouth’s Osborne, but 29 seconds after his goal Hupfeldt was notching his second of the day to end the third quarter with the Quakers up, 7-2.
Jack McCormick made the score 7-3 early in the fourth, but Doktor and Bock closed out the scoring to clinch the win.
Penn outshot Dartmouth, 37-27, and forced Blair Friedensohn to make 14 saves in the Big Green goal. The Quakers’ Danny Feeney also ended up winning 10 of the 16 face-offs on the day.
Penn’s game with Towson will face off Tuesday at 7 p.m.