PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a sizable lead Saturday against Dartmouth, allowed the Big Green to come all the way back to tie it, but then used a three-goal run to start the fourth quarter and won, 15-12, at Franklin Field.
With the win, Penn improved to 6-6 overall and finished the Ivy League campaign at 3-3. The Quakers are still mathematically alive for an Ivy League Tournament spot, but their chances were diminished greatly by Brown’s 15-6 win over Cornell in Providence this afternoon. While Penn has the bye from conference play next Saturday -- instead playing No. 9 Virginia as part of the ACC Championship at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. -- the Red and Blue need Dartmouth to beat Brown and one of the other scenarios to play out in order to secure an ILT berth:*Cornell to beat Princeton
*Princeton to beat Cornell, AND Harvard to beat Yale
Nick Doktor had a monster game on Saturday for Penn; he recorded career highs in goals (5) and points (8) including an unassisted goal early in the fourth quarter that gave the Quakers the lead for good. He then scored five minutes later off an Isaac Bock feed to made it 13-11.
The score was 2-2 late in the first quarter, before Penn bridged a five-goal run into the second period which made the score 7-2. Dartmouth came back with three unanswered before halftime, however, and then scored a man-up goal to start the third period and make the score 7-6.
Austin Kreinz and Doktor scored to put Penn back up by three (9-6), but the Big Green scored four of the next five goals and tied it at 10-10 when Jack Korzelius scored an unassisted goal from the right side. Bock (2g, 1a on the day) made it 11-10 with 1:08 left in the third, but Dartmouth again tied it as Adam Fishman finished a Jake Weil feed with just four seconds left in the period.
After Doktor’s goals gave Penn the two-goal advantage, Will Laco scored unassisted with 7:43 left to make it 14-11. Dartmouth got one back, but with the Big Green defense stretched in the final minute Kevin McGeary scored on an open goal to complete his second straight hat trick.
Penn outshot Dartmouth, 42-33, and Jimmy Sestilio and John Lopes combined for nine saves on the day. Senior Matt McMahon, one of the national leaders in caused turnovers per game, added three more on Saturday.
Penn’s game with Virginia next Saturday will face off at 7:30 p.m.
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