NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team put forth an outstanding defensive effort on Saturday afternoon at Yale’s Reese Stadium, and pulled out a 6-5 victory over the 11th-ranked Bulldogs.
With the win, the 18th-ranked Quakers improved to 4-3 overall, 1-2 in Ivy League play. Yale fell to 4-3, 1-2 in the Ivies.
Penn was down, 4-2, after Yale’s Brandon Mangan scored with 6:41 left in the third quarter. However, the Quakers held the Bulldogs scoreless for more than 20 minutes after that, and scored four times to gain control of the game.
Both teams were on the board less than three minutes into the game, as Eric Scott put Yale up and Drew Belinsky answered. It took nearly eight minutes for anyone to score, before the Bulldogs’ Michael Keasey finished a feed from JW McGovern. Last in the first quarter, Zack Losco scored unassisted to make it 2-2
The second quarter nearly went scoreless, before Conrad Oberbeck finished a feed from Brandon Mangan with just 11 seconds left before halftime. Midway through the third quarter, Mangan finished a feed from Keasey and that made the score 4-2.
Penn clamped down on defense after that. That allowed the offense to get the Quakers back in the game.
Kevin Brown made the score 4-3 with 3:31 left in the third, finishing a feed from Chris Hupfeldt by the right post. Just 26 seconds later, the Quakers drew level when Isaac Bock scored unassisted. That closed out the scoring for the period, and the teams went into the final quarter tied, 4-4.
Bock gave Penn its first lead of the day with 9:24 left in regulation, just as a Yale penalty was ending. In a fast-break situation, a pass came across the front of the goal to Joe McCallion, who quickly fed Bock near the left post. Bock’s shot beat Yale goalie Eric Natale past his left side to put the Quakers up, 5-4.
Penn doubled its lead amid a scramble and a few change of possessions near midfield. The Quakers eventually came up with the ball and got it to Losco, who fed the ball across the box to Doktor who beat a defender before shooting it past Natale’s left leg.
Yale got one of the goals back with 1:16 left when Oberbeck was able to get around the right post and fire a shot past Brian Feeney’s right shoulder. Yale had another chance with the ball and the opportunity to tie the game in the final few seconds, but Oberbeck went back to the well and Feeney was equal to the chance. It was the punctuation on a strong game between the pipes by Feeney, who ended the contest with 13 saves. At the other end, Natale made 11 stops.
Penn is home for Ivy League games each of the next two Saturdays, starting next week when the Quakers host Brown on Franklin Field at 1 p.m. It will be Alumni Day for the lax programs, with the men’s alumni game taking place at 10:30 a.m. on Adams Field (Penn Park).