ITHACA, N.Y. - The Penn men's lacrosse team mounted a furious second-half comeback Saturday at No. 10 Cornell, but the Big Red's Roy Lang scored off a feed from David Lau in overtime to secure a 13-12 Cornell victory at Schoellkopf Field.
The loss dropped Penn to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League. Cornell improved to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in league play.
Penn was down 4-1 after the first period and 7-2 at halftime, but outscored Cornell 6-3 in the third quarter and 4-2 in the fourth to force extra time. However, Cornell won the faceoff to start overtime, and Lang broke to the goal and received a clean feed from Lau to end the contest.
Saturday's second half was particularly wild, as the teams combined for 16 goals on 20 shots on the goal, and 15 goals were scored before either goalie made a save in the final half.
Cornell scored the first four goals of the game, before Will Amling finally got the Quakers on the board with 1:39 left in the first period. Cornell's Mitch McMichael and Rob Pannell put the Big Red up 6-1 late in the second quarter, before Amling netted his second unassisted goal with 3:37 left. However, Lau connected with Lang with just 37 seconds left to put the Big Red lead back at five as the teams went to the locker rooms.
Penn wasted little time getting back into the game in the third. Al Kohart and Corey Winkoff got things rolling, as Winkoff fed Kohart twice within 28 seconds to make the score 7-4. Just 26 seconds after Kohart's second goal, Rob Fitzpatrick finished a feed from John Conneely -- Penn's second in a man-up situation -- and it was 7-5.
Chris Langton scored for Cornell, but just 28 seconds later Winkoff fed Kohart, who again scored to make the score 8-6. Steve Mock finished a Pannell feed with 6:18 left, but Kohart netted his fourth goal of the quarter with 4:40 to play and it was 9-7. Pannell scored an unassisted goal with 3:31 to play, but Penn answered as Morgan Griff scored an unassisted effort to cap the nine-goal quarter. The teams went to the final stanza with Cornell up, 10-8.
Lau scored just 47 seconds into the fourth, but Winkoff scored a minute later and then Amling netted his third off a Drew Belinsky feed with 11:15 to play. Conneely completed the comeback with 7:18 left, scoring an unassisted goal to tie the game at 11-11.
The teams went nearly four minutes without breaking the tie, before Cornell re-took the lead with 3:48 to play when Lau finished a Pannell feed. However, Zack Losco scored his first collegiate goal just 34 seconds later, unassisted, and that set the stage for Lang's overtime heroics.
Kohart finished with a game-high four goals, while Amling had three. Winkoff had a goal and three assists. For Cornell, Lang and Mock scored three times apiece, while Pannell had four points )well below his nation-leading average). Both Brian Feeney and AJ Fiore had seven saves in the Penn and Cornell goals, respectively.
Penn is back in action next Friday, hosting Yale in another Ivy League game on Franklin Field at 4 p.m.