PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team allowed Villanova to pull away in the third quarter on Saturday at Franklin Field, and the visiting Wildcats took full advantage to gain a 17-11 win.
These local teams have developed one of the fiercest rivalries in all of college lacrosse, and through the first half it looked like the stage was set for another dramatic chapter. Instead, Villanova reeled off six of the seven goals scored in the third period to take a 13-6 lead, and the 19th-ranked Wildcats answered every Penn goal in the fourth for the victory.
Villanova was up 3-1 in the first, before goals by Isaac Bock and long-stick defenseman Greg Caso knotted the game at 3-3. Eric Gartner put the Wildcats up 4-3 early in the second, but that was quickly matched by Pat Berkery. However, Villanova’s Jack Curran rang up three straight goals to give the Wildcats a 7-4 lead; they never looked back. The score was 7-5 at the half.
Villanova ran away with it in the third, scoring the first five goals in the period to go up 12-5. Kevin Brown finally responded for Penn with a man-up goal, but the Wildcats scored again before the end of the period and it was 13-6.
Penn (3-3) had visions of last year’s massive comeback win on its mind when Brown and then Austin Kreinz scored in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. However, Curran scored again, and then after Reilly Hupfeldt netted a man-up goal for the Quakers the Wildcats tallied twice. That ended any Penn momentum.
Penn was once again led by Nick Doktor, who scored once and dished out five assists. Bock scored a hat trick for the Quakers, becoming the fifth different Penn player to record a hat trick this season. Brown scored twice, while Joe McCallion had a goal and two assists.
Villanova (4-1) was led by Jack Curran’s four goals and two assists, while Eric Gartner and Danny Seibel scored three times each. Sean Cerrone had two goals and five assists on the day.
Villanova outshot Penn on the day 41-34, and won 19 of the game’s 32 faceoffs. As they did in the first three games this season, Jimmy Sestilio and John Lopes split goalkeeping duties; they combined for four saves on the day. Villanova goalkeepers Greg Stamatov and Dan Willis combined for 10 stops.
Penn is back at home again next Saturday, hosting Princeton at 1 p.m. That game will be televised for free on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app, as well as on the Ivy League Digital Network for those who have a subscription.
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