Men's Lacrosse Can't Catch Yale, 16-14

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Penn men's lacrosse team nearly made a miraculous comeback Saturday at Yale, but fell short and took a 16-14 loss to the Bulldogs at Reese Stadium. With the loss, the Quakers are now 4-6 overall, 0-3 in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs improved to 5-2 overall, 1-2 in the Ivies.

how deep a hole did Penn dig for itself? Try 10-0. That was Yale's advantage with two minutes left in the first half. The Quakers scored the last two goals before halftime, however, setting the stage for a crazy second half that saw Penn outscore Yale, 12-6.

Thanks to Brian Douglass and Matt Gibson -- both of whom had four goalsduring the run-- Yale owned the first part of the game. The Bulldogs scored three times in the first quarter, and could have had more if not for Joe Hegener (six saves in the quarter en route to 11 for the game). The Eli then had three goals in the first two minutes of the second en route to its 10-0 lead.

Al Kohart got Penn's goals in the first half, the first coming off a feed from Corey Winkoff with 1:45 left and the second unassisted with just 17 seconds left before the halftime horn.

In the third quarter, Winkoff finished a John Conneely feed, but he was answered by Douglass. Ryan Bailey and then Winkoff got two of the goals back, just 45 seconds apart, but again Yale answered with goals by Matt Miller and Douglass. However, Winkoff scored his third of the quarter with 1:44 to play, and the score was 13-6 entering the final quarter.

Rob McMullen finished a Conneely feed just 18 seconds into the stanza to make the score 13-7, before Miller netted his second of the game to push Yale back up by eight. However, Will Amling scored his first of the day, and then Winkoff scored two more -- his fourth and fifth of the day -- and the score was 14-10 with six minutes left.

Yale's Douglass punctuated his seven-goal day with 5:21 to go, but Penn's Will Koshansky matched him just 13 seconds later to keep the deficit at four. However, more than a minute went by before another goal was scored, and it came off the stick of the Bulldogs' Brendan Gibson. Penn had one final rally in it, as Dan Savage scored three goals in a two-minute span to set the final score.

Conneely ended the game with three assists to complement Winkoff's seven-point effort (5g, 2a). Penn outshot Yale, 48-38, and won 17 of the game's 33 faceoffs.

Penn is home the next two weekends, hosting Brown next weekend and Harvard in two weekends. Both games will be played at 1 p.m. on Frankin Field.

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