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PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's lacrosse team defeated Bellarmine, 10-5, Saturday afternoon in a game played at Radnor (Pa.) High School as part of the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival.
The win came on the heels of two doses of good news for Penn fans earlier in the day, courtesy of Yale and Cornell. First the Bulldogs beat Harvard, 11-10, and then the Big Red downed Princeton, 17-11.
The first of those wins pushed Penn into the four-team Ivy League Tournament; the second moved the Quakers into the third seed. Penn will face No. 2 seed Yale in the first semifinal on Friday night in Ithaca, N.Y., at 5 p.m. Fans will be able to watch the game live on ESPN3. Host Cornell and No. 4 seed Princeton will match up for the second time in less than a week in the second semifinal, at 8 p.m.; the final will be Sunday at 11 a.m. and will be televised live on ESPNU.
Penn (8-4) went up 3-0 after one quarter and never looked back on Saturday evening. The 18th-ranked Quakers outshot Bellarmine (7-7) by a 43-27 count and forced the nation's top goalie by save percentage, Dillon Ward, to make 16 stops. Brian Feeney had another solid game in his cage, making nine stops.
Scoring was slow to come, as Isaac Bock finally dented the netting more than 10 minutes into the contest off a Tim Schwalje feed. Drew Belinsky made it 2-0 with 1:06 left in the quarter, and then the Quakers took advantage of an unsportsmanlike penalty called after the Belinsky goal as Ryan Parietti finished a Schwalje feed in the man-up situation.
Bellarmine finally got on the board 1:15 into the second quarter, Will Cary scoring unassisted, before Chris Hupfeldt netted his first of the night to make it 4-1. Luke Acton finished a Karsen Leung feed with 10:12 left to bring the Knights back within 4-2, but Penn again scored twice late in the period to take a 6-2 lead to halftime. Zack Losco scored his first of the game, off a Schwalje feed, and then Belinsky finished a Losco feed with just five seconds left before the break.
Losco scored again early in the third, a goal that was answered by Bellarmine's Cameron Gardner. However, Parietti, Losco and Parietti (again) netted the only other goals in the period -- giving both of them hat tricks on the day -- and the score was 10-3 after three quarters. Parietti's goals were assisted by Schwalje (his fourth dish of the game) and Belinsky.
Acton and Lance Robinson scored the only goals in the fourth quarter.