Cambridge, Mass. - The Penn men's lacrosse team fell to 0-2 in the Ivy League this season with an 8-7 loss to Harvard on March 26.Junior tri-captain DJ Andrzejewski's shot was blocked by the Harvard goalkeeper with seven seconds left in the contest,after the the Crimson hit what would be the game-winner with 21 seconds left.
"I thought we played pretty well defensively;Denis (Cole)played pretty well in goal for us," Head Coach Brian Voelker said."We gave a good effort, but still made a lot of mistakes. Wehad some crucial turnovers in the fourth quarter. Harvard is pretty athletic and has some talent, especially offensively.
"Alan (Eberstein)won a lot of faceoffs (11-of-18) and helped us control the ball well, but it came down to the fourth quarter again. Each team had a bunch of possessions in the fourth; we had an open shot that got deflected at the end of the game and they took the ball back and scored the winner."
Harvard threatened early and often, taking a 3-1 lead in the first quarter and outshooting the Quakers, 15-3. The Red and Blue stepped it up in the second quarter, scoring three-straight goals and taking a 4-3 lead into halftime. Freshman Garrett Blomquist opened the scoring for the Quakers with an unassisted goal at 9:20 in the first to tie the game at one. Blomquist scored again in the second, finding the back of the net at 13:31 to bring Penn within one, 3-2. Andrzejewski tied the score at three with his 11th goal of the season at 6:15, before fellow tri-captain Zandy Reich scooted one past Harvard's netminder with 19 seconds left to take a one-goal lead into the locker room.
The Crimson tied the game and went up by a goal, 5-4, with scores exactly one minute apart in the third, before senior tri-captain Brian Amen scored at 6:15 to tie thegame for the fourth time in the contest. Penn went ahead again when Luke Wilson found James Riordan for a goal just eight seconds later to give the Quakers a 6-5 lead.
Every goal was sacred in Massachusetts today, as Harvard scored two-straight, including one to end the third and one to open the fourth, to take a 7-6 lead with 11:27 left. Riordan then found Andrzejewski in front of the net at 10:07 to record the fifth tie of the afternoon, but as stellar as senior goalie Cole was between the pipes, and as fluid as both defensive units made themselves out to be in the final 10 minutes of the game, the only goal that seemed to count was the last one, as Harvard's Sean Kane sailed the game-winner into the net with 21 ticks left in the game.
With the loss, the Quakers fell to 1-6 this season and have lost their last five contests, which includes the last two by the same score, 8-7. Penn will now head to Cornell next weekend for a noon contest.
Written by Carla Zighelboim