PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team still has plenty of young players in major roles this year, so a first half like they put together on Wednesday night could be expected.
Facing a Saint Joseph's team still looking for its first win this season, the Quakers looked like they might blow the Hawks out early but then allowed their hosts to draw within 6-4 by the halftime break.
Head Coach Mike Murphy must have gotten the players' attention during the break. Six goals were scored in the third quarter, and all of them came out of Quaker sticks. The fourth quarter was a chance for the bench to be cleared as the Red and Blue cruised to a 13-5 victory at SJU's Finnesey Field.
Penn is now 7-4 on the season, thanks to its second-straight road victory. Saint Joseph's is now 0-11.
Dan Savage led Penn's offense with three goals, while Al Kohart had two. Overall, the Quakers had a season-high 10 different players score. Corey Winkoff did not find the net, but dished off three assists. Penn outshot the Hawks, 40-19.
Savage got the scoring started on Wednesday night, with an unassisted effort just 1:52 into the game. Saint Joseph's answered just under six minutes later, off an unassisted goal by Ian Correia, but four minutes later long-stick defender Maxx Meyer gave Penn a lead it would not relinquish as he drained an unassisted goal.
Just 32 seconds later, Winkoff found John Conneely for a goal, and then with 1:53 left in the quarter Winkoff found Kohart for his first tally of the night. That put the Quakers up, 4-1, at the end of one. Early in the second, Will Amling made it 5-1 when he finished a Conneely feed.
The Hawks worked their way back. Kyle Mahoney had an unassisted goal with 10:59 left in the half, and then after Savage scored to make it 6-2 Saint Joseph's came right back as Bobby Hurley scored less than a minute later. A big goal came with just nine seconds left, when Kyle Williams netted an unassisted effort that drew the Hawks within two.
It did not take long for Penn to establish its dominance in the third. Zack Losco scored an unassisted goal just 2:49 into the quarter, and then 1:08 after that Greg Ives rifled a shot home off a Winkoff feed. Fifty-five seconds after that, Kohart netted an unassisted goal from distance, and then just 10 seconds later Rob Fitzpatrick scored an unassisted goal after Penn won the faceoff. Ryan Parietti added his only goal of the night, another unassisted goal, and the Quakers were up 11-4. The five-goal run covered 3:53.
Savage capped his hat trick with 2:21 left in the third, unassisted. In the fourth quarter, Correia scored with just 2:06 to play, and then Penn closed out the scoring as Losco found Kyle Mulligan with 28 seconds left.
Brian Feeney played the first three quarters in goal, making two saves. In the fourth quarter, Brendan Engelke started and made two stops without allowing a goal in 8:33 of action before Ted Rawlings closed it out and made two saves of his own while allowing one goal.
Danny Feeney had a solid game on the face-off X, winning 11 of 18 decisions and grabbing nine ground balls.
Penn returns to action on Saturday, closing out the Ivy League portion of its 2011 schedule with the final home game of the regular season. The Quakers host Dartmouth at 1 p.m.