PHILADELPHIA The season-opener for Penn’s men’s lacrosse team took place on Saturday on a Franklin Field that was encircled by the remnants of a late-week snow and ice storm. Unfortunately for the Quakers, the cold surrounding the field equaled the cold streak suffered by Penn’s offense at the most inopportune time.
Holding on to an 8-5 lead with 11:15 remaining in the game, Penn could not add to the lead and saw the neighboring Drexel Dragons score the final four goals of the game for a 9-5 win.
After Al Kohart’s second goal of the game and of his collegiate career with 11:15 to go, the Quakers only attempted four more shots. When that number is compared to the 39 the Red and Blue managed in the first 49 minutes of the game, it is clear that Penn chose the wrong time to start racking up empty possessions. In fact, over that span, the Quakers had seven possessions and turned the ball over on five of them. This was after only turning the ball over ten times in the previous three quarters.
The Quakers had a chance to tie the game with :32 left in the game, but Craig Andrzejewski’s shot was stopped by Drexel’s Bruce Bickford. The Dragons cleared the ball up field and ran out the clock.
Drexel started the scoring with a goal by L.C. Moerschel halfway through the first period. The Quakers came right back thirteen seconds later with Corey Winkoff’s first goal of his college career. The freshman took a pass from Justin Lynch to knot the score at 1-1.
Alex Weber and Al Kohart scored 1:04 apart in the second period to extend Penn’s lead to 3-1. Andrzejewski added the first of his three assists on the day on Weber’s goal. Adam Dennis brought Drexel back within one when he found the back of the net with 11:03 left in the first half. Drew Collins reestablished Penn’s two-goal lead with an unassisted goal with 5:58 remaining in the half, resulting the halftime score of 4-2.
J.J. Lian scored his first goal of the game 3:04 into the second half to give Penn the first of four three-goal leads in the game at 5-2. Dennis potted his second score of the game on a Chris O’Connor feed just over four minutes later to bring Drexel back within two.
Winkoff’s second goal of the game came with Penn on the man advantage with under five minutes left in the third period. Drexel’s Brian Neary shortened the lead with a goal coming with 3:08 left in the third. Lian countered with his second goal this one coming with 12 seconds remaining in the period.
O’Connor needed 52 seconds of the fourth period to bring Drexel back to within two goals. Kohart scored the Red and Blue’s final goal with 11:15 to go in the game for the 8-5 lead that ultimately fell to the wayside.
Neary (his second of the game), Colin Ambler, Kevin Stockel and Dan Layfield then put together a string of four goals in 4:10 for the win. Dennis added assists on the final two goals to go with his pair of scores in the game.
The Quakers are 0-1 on the season while Drexel improves its record to 1-1. Penn is back in action next Saturday, March 1, when they host Villanova at 1 p.m. at Franklin Field.
Download: Penn vs Drexel Lax Box Score.pdf