PHILADELPHIA – Playing a regular-season game on Penn Park’s “Ace” Adams Field for the first time, the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team got out to a fast start on Saturday. After throwing the first punch, though, the Quakers were on their heels almost the entire rest of the game as Cornell ran away with a 17-9 victory.
Penn -- which entered the week ranked 14th in the latest USILA national coaches poll -- fell to 3-3 overall, 0-2 in Ivy League play with the loss. Cornell, which ranked fourth entering the game, remained unbeaten at 8-0 overall and 2-0 in the Ivies.
Penn was up 4-2 after 11 minutes, with four different players finding the net in a span of seven minutes. However, at that point the game was turned in Cornell’s favor for good. The Big Red scored three times before the quarter was over -- including a killer goal off a clear to end the period -- then tallied three more in the second before the Quakers finally got back on the board to end the half.
Any second-half drama was drained from this game when Cornell’s Doug Tesoriero took the opening faceoff, raced down the field and scored after just seven seconds. That was the start of another 6-0 Big Red run that put the score at 14-5. After that, all that was left was to see what the final score would be.
For Penn, Nick Doktor was a highlight on offense as he scored a goal and dished out four assists. Kevin Brown and Zack Losco scored twice for the Quakers, while Drew Belinsky, Pat Berkery, Chris Hupfeldt and Jeff Puckette each scored once.
Penn was outshot on the day, 54-29, and Brian Feeney was busy all game. He finished the day with 16 saves. Cornell also had 42 ground balls to Penn’s 27, and won the faceoff battle 18-12.
Dan Lintner and Connor Buczek scored four goals apiece for Cornell, and both of them had assists as well. Matt Donovan and John Edmonds scored three goals each, and John Hogan had a goal and four assists. In the Big Red goal, Christian Knight came up with eight saves before giving way late to Brennan Donville.
Penn returns to action next Saturday at Yale, facing off with the No. 16 Bulldogs at 1 p.m.