DENVER - The Penn men's lacrosse completed a weekend sweep at the DU Face-Off Classic, defeating Air Force 8-7 Sunday at the University of Denver's Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Junior Corey Winkoff, who had three assists in the game, capped off the scoring with 2:51 left, finishing a feed from sophomore John Conneely. That goal came just 32 seconds after Air Force's Zack Carroll had tied things with his third goal of the day.
Conneely added two goals and another assist with his winning dish, for four points total. Rob McMullen also scored twice for the Quakers (2-2).
Air Force (0-3) got on the board just 49 seconds into the game on Carroll's first, but Morgan Griff provided the only other goal of the quarter to tie things at 1-1. The Falcons reeled off the only four goals of the second quarter, however, all of them unassisted. Ridge Flick got things started with 11:53 left, and then just 49 seconds later Tristan Newkirk notched his third of the season. Two minutes after that, Carroll netted his second of the day, and then more than seven minutes went by before Vinny Sandtorv scored unassisted.
Penn gradually got back, eventually tying the game early in the fourth quarter. The Quakers used three man-up opportunities in the third to get within one. The first goal came with 11:20 left, when Conneely finished a Winkoff feed, and then four minutes later McMullen was the recipient of a Winkoff pass that he finished. Five minutes after that, Conneely scored his second to make it 5-4 AFA heading into the final quarter. Al Kohart then tied things up 3:13 into the stanza off a Conneely feed.
Newkirk put Air Force back up off a Flick feed with 9:45 left in the game, but Penn grabbed its first lead of the day with McMullen finished a Winkoff feed with 5:36 to play and then Will Amling scored off a Greg Ives feed exactly two minutes later. Carroll scored just 13 seconds after Amling's goal, but that set the stage for Winkoff's winner.
Chris Casey and Joe Hegener again split time in the goal, with Hegener getting credit for the win as he played the second half when the Quakers made their move. The duo combined for seven saves. On the face-off X, Justin Lynch won 14 of his 19 draws and had 12 ground balls.
Penn returns to action twice at home this weekend, hosting Saint Joseph's Wednesday night and Villanova Saturday afternoon.