PHILADELPHIA - A large part of the Penn men's lacrosse team's success last year came in the Quakers' 6-0 home record. After a season-opening loss to Duke on Saturday in Durham, the Red and Blue came back home looking to re-establish its dominance on Franklin Field Tuesday night.
Lehigh had other ideas. The unranked Mountain Hawks took it right to the No. 19 Quakers from the start, and Penn never found an answer. The final score was 10-4, and it would have been worse if Penn hadn't scored twice in the game's final minute.
David DiMaria led the Lehigh charge, scoring twice and assisting on three other goals. Dan Taylor, Roman Lao-Gosney and Patrick Corbett also scored twice, with Cameron Lao-Gosney and Taylor assisting goals.
Corbett opened the scoring with the only goal of a quiet first quarter, finishing a Taylor feed with four minutes left. The Mountain Hawks doubled their lead early in the second on an unassisted Taylor goals, and then less than three minutes after that Corbett finished a feed from DiMaria to make it 3-0.
Penn got one of those goals back when John Conneely circled from behind and fired home an unassisted goal, but less than two minutes after that Taylor made it a three-goal game again, finishing another DiMaria feed. It was 4-1 at the half.
Lehigh went up 5-1 early in the third on a DiMaria goal. Penn responded with a goal from Will Koshansky, but once again the Hawks' Lao-Gosney brothers had the answer as Roman finished a Cameron feed.
Lehigh put this one away in the fourth quarter, scoring three times to build its lead up to 10-2. Penn finally got on the board twice in the final minute, the first goal coming from Jeff Sestilio and the second from Tim Schwalje. Anthony Adler assisted on both scores.
Lehigh won 12 of the game's 17 faceoffs and outshot Penn, 33-20, forcing Quaker goalie Brian Feeney to come up with eight saves. At the other end, Matthew Poillon had seven stops to gain the win.
Penn has a week to regroup, before hosting No. 4 North Carolina next Tuesday at Franklin Field. The Quakers and Tar Heels will face off at 7 p.m.