Men's Lacrosse Dropped by Bryant, 15-11

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. - The Penn men's lacrosse team got off to a fast start Sunday afternoon at Bryant University, jumping out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs scored the next five goals and never trailed again in defeating the Quakers, 15-11.

Penn (1-5) got three goals apiece from seniors Craig Andrzejewski and Drew Collins, while sophomore Corey Winkoff had a goal and three assists. For Andrzejewski, the three goals puts him at 121 career points and moved him past Vern Briggs into ninth on Penn's all-time scoring list.

Andrzejewski spearheaded Penn's quick start, scoring his three goals in the first 10 minutes to push the Quakers out to a 4-1 lead. Terry Kennedy also scored in the run, which was broken up only by a Matt Larson score for Bryant.

However, the Bulldogs' potent offense got within one by the end of the first quarter, then scored three in a row to start the second. Four different players scored in the run, and Travis Harrington punctuated it with a pair of goals to break a 4-4 tie and put Bryant up by two.

Garvey Heiderman halved the lead on a goal with 4:38 left, a goal that was matched just 20 seconds later by Bryant's Bryan Kaufmann. The killer came at the end of the half, though -- after Collins made it a one-goal game with just 45 seconds left, Bryant again answered when Harrington restored the two-goal advantage with just 15 seconds to go.

Alex Weber and Collins sandwiched goals around a Bryant score, and the score was 9-8 Bulldogs with less than four minutes left in the third quarter. However, Harrington scored with 3:46 left, and then Matt Larson notched a goal with just eight ticks left to make it 11-8 heading into the final quarter. When Zack Greer scored a minute into the fourth, the score was 12-8 and this one looked over.

Not so fast. Winkoff scored an unassisted goal, and then 32 seconds later he fed Rob McMullen for another. It was less than a minute before Collins added another goal, and suddenly it was a 12-11 game.

Unfortunately, the Quakers could not sustain it as Bryant scored the last three goals to take the wind of Penn's sails. The first of the three was a particular dagger, as Greer -- last year's national attackman of the year -- scored just 14 seconds after Penn's 11th goal.

Penn outshot Bryant, 45-40, but the Bulldogs' Jameson Love came up with 16 saves to salvage the victory. At the other end, Joe Hegener had six stops for Penn.

The Quakers return to action next Saturdayat No.3 Cornell, facing off with the Big Red in Ithaca at noon.

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