Men's Lacrosse Can't Overcome Princeton's Quick Start, Falls 17-8

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team took big punches from Princeton to start both halves, and the result was overwhelming as the Quakers fell to the Tigers, 17-8, Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field.

The teams traded goals at the start of each half, but after a 1-1 start Princeton scored seven-straight goals to make it 8-1. It was 9-4 after the teams matched goals to start the second half, but another five-goal spurt by the Tigers made it 14-4 and Penn could not make that up.

Penn fell to 3-3 overall, while Princeton improved to 5-2. The game was the Ivy opener for both teams.

Princeton opened the scoring early Saturday thanks to Gavin McBride, but Penn forced a Tigers turnover on the ensuing faceoff and Connor Keating finished a feed from Alex Roesner to tie it up less than 90 seconds into the game. Charlie Durbin then scored from distance to put the Tigers back on top, and then McBride shortly after that to make it 3-1.

Freshman Michael Sowers had the next two goals of the game, the first a rocket from the left side and the next the bouncer from the right that put Princeton up 5-1 after one quarter of play. Sowers then found McBride early in the second, and that made it 6-1. McBride netted his fourth later in the quarter, and then Sowers rolled unabated through the Penn defense to make it 8-1.

Tyler Dunn ended Princeton’s seven-goal run with an unassisted effort up top, snapping a Quakers scoring drought that went nearly 23 minutes of game time. Simon Mathias followed that up with a left-handed goal from distance late in the second, and it was 8-3 Princeton at the half.

Riley Thompson opened the second-half scoring for Princeton just 32 seconds in, but Keating got that goal back just over a minute later. However, the Tigers scored the game’s next five goals to go up 14-4 after three quarters, and that pretty much put this game to bed. 

Princeton’s lead expanded to as much as 11 in the fourth quarter, before Penn scored the game’s two final goals to set the final score.

Penn returns to action next Saturday at Cornell, facing off with the Big Red at 1 p.m.