TOWSON, Md. - In a game that was delayed nearly two full hours by lightning delays, the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team used dominant performances in the second and third quarters to cruise past Towson Tuesday night at the Tigers’ Johnny Unitas Stadium, 15-9.
Penn (8-3) was down after one quarter, 3-2, but outscored the Tigers 4-1 in the second and 6-3 in the third to roll to its fifth straight victory.
Towson (8-6) got on the board first on Tuesday night, Justin Mabus scoring unassisted just 57 seconds into the contest. Joe McCallion opened the scoring for Penn, off a Kevin Brown feed, before Peter Athens scored for the Tigers. Brown scored unassisted to again tie the game, but Mabus scored off a Thomas DeNapoli feed to make it 3-2 after one quarter.
Isaac Bock had the first two goals of the second quarter, the first one seven seconds into the period and the second at the 5:06 mark. Towson tied the game at 4-4 on a Ryan Drenner goal (Mabus assisting), but Nick Doktor scored the final goals of the half to give the Quakers a lead they would not relinquish. Brown assisted the first of Doktor’s goals, while Drew Belinsky assisted the second.
Penn blew it open quickly in the third. Belinsky, Zack Losco and Chris Hilburn all scored before the half was two minutes old, and then Andrew Staller scored just four minutes into the period to make the score 10-4. DeNapoli ended the Quakers’ run with a goal off a Mabus feed, but Mike Power matched him (Brown assisting). Max Siskind’s goal for Towson was matched just six seconds later when Danny Feeney won the face-off and took it all the way to the goal for the score.
Hilburn, Reid Tudor and Doktor all scored for Penn in the fourth quarter. For the defenseman Tudor, it was his first career goal.
Penn outshot Towson, 46-33, and won the face-off battle, 17-11 (Danny Feeney going 12-of-21 at the X). Brian Feeney had another standout performance in the Quakers goal, with 13 saves, before John Lopes replaced him for the final minute and made one stop. At the other end, Tyler White made seven stops before being relieved in the final three minutes by Matt Hoy.
Penn will close out the regular season on Friday night, playing St. John’s at Radnor (Pa.) High School as part of the annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival. The Quakers and the Red Storm will face off at 7 p.m.