ITHACA, N.Y. - The University of Pennsylvania men's lacrosse team fell to No. 2 Cornell, 10-5, Saturday afternoon at the Big Red's Schoellkopf Field.
The ninth-ranked Quakers did a good job of keeping one of the nation's most powerful offenses at bay, but the offense could not get untracked until the Big Red had opened up a decent margin between the teams.
The game was scoreless for nearly 10 minutes on Saturday, before Rob Pannell opened the scoring with an unassisted effort for the host Big Red. Matt Machucki almost immediately leveled it, scoring a long-stick goal off a Schwalje feed just eight seconds after Pannell's tally.
Cornell took a lead it would not relinquish late in the quarter, scoring twice in 17 seconds. The first goal came from Max Van Bourgondien with 2:58 left, then Steve Mock scored to make the score 3-1. Zack Losco got one of those goals back less than a minute later, but with 43 seconds left in the quarter Matt Donovan netted his first of the day for the Big Red to make the score 4-2 after one period.
Only one goal was scored in the second quarter, and the same thing happened in the third quarter. Unfortunately for Penn fans, it was Cornell that had both of them. Donovan scored the only goal of the second period with 2:11 left, and Connor Buczek scored the lone third-period tally off a Van Bourgondien feed. Mock then opened the fourth-quarter scoring off a Pannell feed, at which point Cornell's lead was 7-2.
Losco ended a Penn scoring drought of exactly 35 minutes with his second tally of the game, an unassisted goal, but more than four minutes passed before Mock netted his third of the day to make the score 8-3. Schwalje scored with 5:52 left, but Pannell answered for Cornell just 42 seconds later. Mock scored his fourth of the day off a Buczek feed with 3:20 to play, before Nick Doktor closed out the game's scoring off a Drew Belinsky feed.
Brian Feeney had 11 saves in the Penn goal on Saturday, while AJ Fiore had nine saves in the Cornell goal as the Big Red outshot the Quakers, 44-30.
Penn returns to action next Saturday, hosting Yale at 1 p.m.