PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Penn men's lacrosse team outscored Brown 5-2 in the first quarter of their game on Saturday afternoon, and after spotting the Bears a goal to start the fourth quarter the Quakers ended the game on a four-goal run.
However, it was the middle quarters that proved to be the difference on Saturday.
Brown outscored Penn 10-3 in the second and third quarters, and because of that the Bears had a five-goal lead that the Quakers could not overcome despite their final rally. In the end, Brown's winning score was 13-12.
No. 12 Penn is now 5-4 overall and fell to 2-2 in Ivy League play with the loss. Brown, which entered the game unranked, is now 4-6 overall and 1-2 in Ivy play.
Rob Schlesinger and Al Kohart traded goals in the first six minutes of the game, and then Parker Brown put the Bears up 2-1 with an unassisted goal. Penn then reeled off four straight scores to take control of things. Four different players scored in the run -- Rob Fitzpatrick, Kohart, Corey Winkoff and Dan Savage.
Brown answered with its own-four goal run to start the second quarter, taking a 6-5 lead in the process. Brown scored two in a row -- the second assisted by Schlesinger -- and then Sam Ford and Jeffrey Foote tallied to push the Bears into the lead. Drew Belinsky ended Brown's run with 4:07 left before halftime, but David Hawley and Schlesinger concluded the first-half scoring the Bears went into the break up, 8-6.
Penn tied the game in the first minute of the second half, as Maxx Meyer netted a goal just eight seconds in and then Nick Richards finished a feed from Winkoff at the 31-second mark. That made it 8-8.
Brown scored the next five goals, though, taking a 13-8 lead which proved to be insurmountable. Teddy Daiber started the run with an unassisted goal, then Brown finished a Foote feed before Foote scored a man-up goal unassisted. One minute after that Schlesinger scored off a George Sherman feed, and then two minutes into the fourth quarter Schlesinger netted his game-high fourth goal off a Daiber feed.
It took almost four minutes for Penn to rally, but once the Quakers did they came back furiously. Kohart started things with an unassisted goal with 9:39 left, and then five minutes later Morgan Griff netted another unassisted effort to make the score 13-10. Ryan Parietti scored with 3:03 left off a Savage feed, and then Griff scored his second with just 32 seconds left to make it a one-goal game. Penn then won the faceoff, but the final goal would not come as Brown emerged victorious.
Kohart finished the game with three goals, while Griff had two as nine different players found the net for the Quakers. Savage and Winkoff had a goal and an assist each. In addition to his goal, Meyer had eight ground balls and three caused turnovers. For Brown, Schlesinger led the way with his four goals and two assists, while Brown also scored four times.
Penn returns to action next Saturday with another Ivy League road contest, this time at Harvard. The Quakers and Crimson will face off at 1 p.m. in Cambridge.