RADNOR, Pa. - The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team put together arguably its best offensive performance of the season on Friday night at Radnor High School, and dominated St. John’s 17-10 at Prevost Field.
Eleven different players scored on a night filled with crisp passing and excellent shooting by the Quakers. Nick Doktor was simply magnificent, with three goals and three assists for a career-high six points -- the most by a Penn player this season -- while Zack Losco also scored three times.
So Penn ends the regular season at 9-3, the program's best regular-season finish since the 2006 team went 10-3 en route to the postseason. The Quakers also have a six-game winning streak, the longest since that same 2006 squad started its campaign with six wins.
Doktor needed just 1:09 to get on the board on Friday, Doktor finishing a feed from Losco to get things going. St. John’s (7-7) made it 1-1 when one of the nation’s leading scorers, Kieran McArdle, netted the first of what would be five goals on the night. (He would also add an assist.)
Ryan Fitzgerald briefly halted the run with his first goal, but Losco, Isaac Bock and Puckette made it 7-2 midway through the second quarter. By halftime, it was 10-4.
Fitzgerald made it 10-5 early in the third quarter, but Doktor and Losco quickly answered and it was 12-5. McArdle’s third of the night made the score 12-6, but Will Laco finished a nice feed from Doktor in a man-up situation and then Brown completed a great play by Drew Belinsky that pushed the Quakers into a 14-6 advantage.
McArdle and Fitzgerald briefly gave St. John’s life, but Belinsky roped a goal from distance – his second such goal in the game – which made the score 15-8. McArdle had one more goal in him, but Doktor and Chris Hupfeldt finished off Penn’s scoring before a final Red Storm goal.
Penn dominated all facets of this game; the Quakers won the faceoff battle 23-8, outshot the Red Storm 49-33, and collected 39 grounds balls to 22 by St. John’s. In goal, senior Brian Feeney went the distance for the Quakers and made 11 saves.
Penn will learn its opponent and site for next Friday’s Ivy League Tournament semifinal tomorrow, as Ivy play wraps up among the other six teams.