PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team went toe to toe with No. 11 Princeton through the early part of the third quarter on Saturday at Franklin Field, but the Tigers scored five consecutive goals bridging the third and fourth periods to gain a 17-11 victory.
The game was the Ivy League opener for both Penn (3-4 overall) and Princeton (4-1).
Both junior Nick Doktor and freshman Reilly Hupfeldt had six points for Penn, Doktor with two goals and four assists and Hupfeldt with four goals and two assists. Hupfeldt became the sixth different Quakers player to record at least a hat trick this season. Isaac Bock had a goal and an assist.
Princeton took advantage of a number of Penn penalties in the opening quarter, scoring four man-up goals to take a 6-2 lead by the end of the period. The trend continued in the first minute of the second quarter, as another Quakers penalty led to another Tigers man-up goal.
Penn got two of those goals back, Doktor and Bock scoring, before Kip Orban made it 8-4 for Princeton. Pat Berkery and then Doktor scored, making it 8-6, but Orban scored two more (he would have five in the first half en route to seven for the game). Penn made it 10-8 just before the half, though, as Hupfeldt got on the board twice, both times assists going to Doktor.
Chris Hupfeldt then made it 10-9 with a goal just 1:47 into the third quarter, and it looked like the stage was set for a fantastic finish. Even though Orban and Mike MacDonald scored the only other goals in the period (nearly nine minutes apart), the game was still in the balance entering the fourth as Princeton’s lead was just 12-9.
Princeton scored the first three goals in the final stanza, though, to take the drama out of this one. MacDonald started the run just 2:15 into the period, and then Orban scored less than two minutes later. It would be nearly six minutes before another goal was scored, and again it was the Tigers as Sean Connors finished unassisted. At that point the score was 15-9, Princeton, and just 5:26 remained in the game.
Princeton outshot Penn, 30-25, and won the faceoff battle 18-14. Jimmy Sestilio played a majority of the game in goal for the Quakers and had nine stops.
Penn is back in action next Saturday at Cornell; the Quakers and the Big Red will face off at 3 p.m.
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