Comeback Falls Short for MLax Against Bucknell

Philadelphia - Despite a three-goal fourth quarter, the Penn men's lacrosse team could not finish it's comeback and fell to Bucknell, 8-7, at Franklin Field on March 22. Freshman Garrett Blomquist and junior Alan Eberstein each had two goals for the Red and Blue, which fell to 1-5 this season.

"I thought we played better than we have in the last two weeks," Head Coach Brian Voelker said. "Bucknell is a really good team; they beat Navy and almost defeated Maryland. Chris Cara is as good as anyplayer in the nation, and(Andrew) Blechmandid a great job running him up and down the field tonight. Wewere in it the whole time."

Penn got on the scoreboard early as Blomquist scored the first goal of his collegiate career just 1:10 into the game. Bucknell evened the score less than two minutes later and went ahead at the 9:07 mark, 2-1. The teams ran each other up and down the field for the remaining nine minutes, before headinginto the second quarter. Bucknell jumped out to a 4-1 lead at 8:38 of the second and buckled down even harder defensively, keeping the ball in their half of the field for most of the quarter. It was Blomquist again at the 1:47 mark to bookendhis first and second goals of the season in the first half, which cut the lead to two, but Bucknell was knocking on the door again in the final minute and score with just 41 seconds left to take a 5-2 lead into the locker room.

After being held scoreless in the first half, Bucknell's leading scorer Chris Cara opened the third quarter with a goal just 45 seconds into the half. Eberstein recorded his first goal of the season at the 13:41 mark off a feed from DJ Andrzejewski to cut the lead to three (6-3), and Andrzejewski scored a man-up goal six minutes later to bring Penn within two (6-4). Cara then bookended the third quarter with a goalwith just two seconds left on the clock.

The fourth was all Penn.Bucknell scoredits eighth and final goal of the game at 14:25. Blomquist then found tri-captain Zandy Reich for a score at the 12:00 mark. LukeDixson then got into the scoring act, finding the back of the net at 11:21 to bring Penn within two, before helping on the Quakers' next goal by feeding Eberstein at 9:39.The Quakers turned up the heat and held Bucknell without a clear for six-straight possessions, but the Red and Blue could not connect on several scoring opportunities and fell one goal shy of tying the game.

Senior Denis Cole made the first start of his career between the pipes and recorded 11 saves, including a heart-stopper with 6:40 left in the game.

The Quakers will travel to Harvard for a contest on March 26 in Cambridge.

Written by Carla Zighelboim