PHILADELPHIA--The Penn men's lacrosse team came out firing with six goals in the first quarter and kept Army on its heels throughout the game, winning 13-9 in the regular-season finale forboth squads.
The Quakers snapped a four-game losing streak, finishing the season at 6-7, while the Black Knights settled in at 9-6.
The Quakers were fierce in the first quarter, as freshmanMorgan Griff started things off with two quick goals from the right side. They were his first goals of the season. Next J.J. Lian exploited the same side, ripping a shot toput Pennup three at 8:45. Army responded on a man-up opportunity, but three more Penn goals before the end of the period put theQuakers up6-1.
Army looked rejuvenated in the second, scoring just 1:04 into the period, but Craig Andrzejewski put Penn's lead back to five just a minute later. Alex Weber extended that lead with 9:41 to go in the period, but Army got two back before halftime.
The Quakersmade it clear that they were looking to keep their lead with a goal just 18 seconds after the second half's opening faceoff. Army made a surge with three goals, including two just seven seconds apart, closing the gap to just two goals, but that was as closeasthe Knightsgot. Casey O'Rourke scoredand gave Penn adouble-digittally for the fifth time this season.
In the final period, Penn took advantage of an Army penalty when Andrzejewski connected with Al Kohart for the freshman's 19th goal of the season.
Penn goalkeeper Greg Murray made a big save late in the fourth, but the rebound was loose, rolling in the crease and Army's Justin Bokmeyer picked it up and scored. Murray made nine saves on the day, while Army's Adam Fulleton made 10 at the other end.
The Quakers added two more tallies in the last five minutes of the game. O'Rourke completed a hat trick for the day, while Andrzejewski's with 2:06 left to play gave him four points on the day. It was Penn's 13th goal which tied the team's season high output.
Army tacked on one more with 57 second left on a man-up advantage.