CHESTER, Pa. - The University of Pennsylvania men's lacrosse team used a dominant performance in the second half to defeat Villanova, 13-9, Saturday afternoon at PPL Park as part of the Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic presented by Inside Lacrosse.
Penn improved to 4-1 on the young season, while Villanova fell to 1-4.
The goals came quickly throughout the first half, which ended tied at 7-7, but Penn outscored Villanova 6-2 in the second half to pull away for the victory.
Max Hart scored the game's opening goal on Villanova's first possession, but Losco beat his man and fired a shot from range to tie the game for Penn. The Quakers then won the ensuing faceoff, got the ball to Schwalje in a fast break situation and he fed Nick Doktor in front to put the Quakers up, 2-1.
Villanova tied the game at 2-2 when Chris Piccirilli, a long-stick middie, scored on a counterattack, then went up 3-2 when Jack Rice scored a few minutes later off a nice feed from Nick Doherty. Shortly after that, Hart reprised his opening goal, and it was 4-2 Wildcats.
Feeney quickly got one of the goals back, winning the faceoff and firing home a shot in transition. However, Hart again scored after beating his defender on the right side to put Villanova up, 5-3. That is how the first quarter ended.
Penn needed 45 seconds in the second quarter to draw level. Belinsky beat a pair of defenders to the left side and fired a shot past Villanova goalkeeper Greg Stamatov, and mere seconds after that Losco essentally carbon-copied his classmate and linemate in the midfield. However, Villanova got a man-up situation and took advantage quickly, Tim Mulrenan feeding Rice in front to make it 6-5. Hart then netted his fourth of the game bursting from the right side behind the goal and back out on the left side where he turned and beat Feeney over the left shoulder.
Penn again got within a goal when Schwalje found Doktor and fed him left side to right side for the score. Losco then made the score 7-7, starting behind the goal and racing out on the right side where he fired a left-handed shot past Stamatov. Chris Hupfeldt looked like he might give Penn the lead, but his shot hit the crossbar.
Villanova scored the first goal of the second half, Rice completing his hat trick in another man-up situation, but Bock knotted the game at 8-8 with a swim dodge that led to a right-handed shot from distance. Bock then gave Penn its first lead since 1-0 with a man-up goal from a low angle on the left side.
Penn doubled its lead when Chris Moriarty found Doktor in transition and the freshman netted his second of the day. However, Villanova cut the deficit back in half with a man-up goal from up top by Eric Gartner.
Bock made it 11-9 early in the fourth quarter, beating his man on the left side and firing a left-handed shot past Bill Hurley. Drew Belinsky then beat Hurley with a lefty shot, and Schwalje salted it away with an empty-net goal in the final minutes.
After starting the season with five games in 15 days, the Penn season slows down as the Quakers enter Ivy League play next weekend with No. 5 Princeton. The Quakers and Tigers will meet at Franklin Field Saturday at 3 p.m.