PHILADELPHIA --The University of Pennsylvania scored the game's first six goals, opening a cushion wide enough to secure its second Ivy League win of 2016 with a 9-6 defeat of Cornell at Franklin Field.
The Quakers -- who beat the Big Red in the regular season for the first time since 2006 -- are now 5-2 overall and 2-0 in Ivy play for the just the second time since the 1984 season (the other being 2008). Cornell falls to 3-4 overall and is 0-2 in the Ivy League.
FreshmanAlex Roesner had a hat trick for the Quakers, scoring twice in the opening 6-0 run. The Red and Blue built a 4-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to Roesner and classmate Simon Mathias (1 goal), and held a 6-1 lead at halftime.
Cornell scored the first two goals of the third quarter to make it 6-3, but just nine seconds after the Big Red's third goal Roesner netted his third of the day off a James Farrell feed. The quarter ended with the Quakers up, 6-3.
In the fourth quarter, Cornell had recovered a bit to close within three at 7-4 with 11:51 to play, but goals from Tyler Dunn and Chris Hilburn returned Penn's lead to five with 5:35 remaining.
Reed Junkin made 14 saves in the win, including 10 in the second half as he protected the lead his offense had provided. Nick Doktor, who entered the weekend leading the nation in assists per game, had three in the win.
Penn hits the iron of its schedule going forward, as the Quakers face the No. 3, 4, and 7 teams in the latest national coaches poll over their next three games. The first test comes Tuesday, when Penn hosts Maryland at 4 p.m.
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