VILLANOVA, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team fell behind Villanova in the first half on Saturday, made up the difference, but then let the Wildcats get back up on them in the second half and couldn’t make it up in falling, 16-8.
Playing its third game in a week, the Quakers fell to 3-2 on the season. The 13th-ranked Wildcats improved to 4-1 with the win.
Villanova led 2-0 midway through the first quarter and 4-1 early in the second, but Penn was able to come all the way back and knot things up before halftime as Connor Keating, Alex Roesner and Simon Mathias scored in the final 10 minutes of the half.
Villanova broke it open in the third quarter, however, and Penn could not overcome it. The Wildcats outscored the Quakers in the period, 6-1, led by the Froccaro brothers -- Jake and Joey -- who had two goals each in the run.
It was Jake who scored a pair of goals just 19 seconds apart to make the score 7-4, and then after Roesner scored for Penn to make it a two-goal game Joey sandwiched his goals around a John Kluh tally to make it 10-5 heading into the final quarter.
Joey scored again to open the fourth quarter, a goal Penn quickly got back when Nick Doktor finished a Keating feed off the faceoff. However, Villanova notched the next two goals to put any comeback hopes to rest. Penn got no closer than six goals in the final period.
Doktor finished the game with five points to lead the Quakers, scoring once and assisting four goals. Reilly Hupfeldt scored three times. At the other end, Reed Junkin had 13 saves in goal.
For Villanova, Jake Froccaro -- who entered the game leading the nation in goals per game -- scored seven times while his brother added three.
Penn will open Ivy League play in its next game, as the Quakers make the short trip up to Princeton to meet the Tigers next Saturday at 1 p.m.
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