Men's Lacrosse Edged by No. 1 Yale in OT, 11-10

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -With five minutes left in the third quarter of Saturday’s game between the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team and top-ranked Yale at Reese Stadium, the Quakers were up 9-4 and looked like they might be on their way to an historic win.

Instead, Yale turned the table and showed why they hold that No. 1 ranking. Yale scored twice before the third quarter ended, then tacked on three more in the fourth to make it 9-9 with 4:20 left. Penn went back in front when Reilly Hupfeldt finished a feed from Nick Doktor with 3:05 to play, but Yale again drew level when Michael Keasey scored from distance in a man-up situation with just 17 seconds left in regulation.

That set the stage for Ben Reeves. Penn won the overtime faceoff but quickly lost the ball. Yale came down to the other end, and Reeves made sure the Bulldogs would not lose it. He came around the left post from behind, turned and fired a shot into the upper corner, over Reed Junkin’s right shoulder. That gave the Bulldogs an 11-10 win in extra time.

Penn is now 5-4, and fell to 2-1 in Ivy League play. Yale is still unbeaten, at 8-0, and improved to 3-0 in the league.

Simon Mathias scored three goals for Penn, while Doktorhad a massive game with two goals and three assists. At the other end, Keasey scored four times and Reeves had four points (1g, 3a).

The score was 3-3 late in the first quarter, but Pat Berkery scored to put Penn ahead with just seven seconds left. That set the stage for a second quarter that was won by Penn, 3-1, thanks to goals from Doktor, Hupfeldt and Mathias. In the third, Doktor and Mathias scored, capping a 5-1 run that made it 9-4.

Yale’s first two goals in the comeback came 1:01 apart, from Keasey and Tyler Warner, and then in the fourth quarter the Bulldogs drew level on goals from Eric Scott, Keasey, and Jeff Cimbalista.

Penn had a strong showing on the face-off X on Saturday, winning 18 of the 25 draws. Junkin finished the game with eight saves, while Phil Huffard had five stops in the Yale cage.

Penn is back at home for its next two games, but the road gets no easier as the Quakers host the other Ivy team that entered Saturday undefeated overall in No. 3 Brown. The Bears and the Quakers will face off next Saturday at noon on Franklin Field.

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