PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team used a five-goal run that bridged the second and third quarters to defeat Saint Joseph's, 9-5, in a midweek game played at the Hawks' Finnesey Field.
The Quakers were up 7-2 early in the fourth quarter, before SJU made a three-goal run to get back within two. However, the Penn defense stiffened after that, and the Red and Blue put two more goals on the board in the final three minutes to earn their second straight win.
Ryan Parietti led Penn (3-8) with three goals, while John Conneely had a goal and three assists. Dan Savage scored twice, and Tim Schwalje had a goal and an assist. At the other end, Brian Feeney -- the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week -- had another standout game with 10 saves while allowing just five goals.
Parietti got things started in a slow-moving first quarter, scoring the game's first goal after almost 12 minutes had passed off an Anthony Adler assist. Saint Joseph's (3-9) tied it up nearly a minute later when Johnny Simanski scored unassisted.
Drew Belinsky gave Penn a lead it would not relinquish just 1:06 into the second quarter, finishing a Conneely feed. It took more than five minutes for the Quakers to double their lead, but Schwalje had the honors as he scored unassisted. The lead expanded to 4-1 at the very end of the half, when Savage scored unassisted with just three seconds left.
After a deliberate half by both offenses, Penn broke out with two goals in the first 27 seconds of the second half. The first came from Danny Feeney directly out of the faceoff, and then 16 seconds after that Parietti scored his own unassisted goal to make the score 6-1. However, the Quaker offense was stifled the rest of the quarter, and Saint Joseph's got one of the goals back when Ryan McGee scored. It was 6-2 after three quarters.
Parietti completed his hat trick in the first minute of the fourth quarter with a man-up goal, finishing a nice feed from Conneely in front. Saint Joseph's did not roll over, however, and scored three times in a 4:29 span as McGee sandwiched goals around an Augustus Quinzani tally. With 5:27 left, Penn's lead was just 7-5.
The Quakers settled things down, however, and gave themselves some breathing room with 2:50 to play when Conneely finished a Schwalje feed. With 1:06 left, Savage closed the door on the scoring by finishing a Conneely feed with Penn in another man-up situation.
Penn will close out the Ivy League portion of its regular season this Saturday, traveling to Dartmouth face the Big Green at 1 p.m. The Quakers are still alive for an Ivy League Tournament bid, but must beat the Big Green to keep those hopes alive going into the final Ivy weekend of April 28 (when the Quakers have the bye and play out of conference).