PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Penn men's lacrosse team used a 5-0 runduring the second quarter and then kept No. 20 Brown at bay the rest of the way Saturday afternoon, defeating the Bears, 12-10, at Stevenson Field.
The win gave the Quakers a 6-5 overall record and a 3-3 mark to close out the Ivy League season. It marked the second-straight year and the third time in four seasons Penn has been .500 or better in the always-difficult Ivy League.
Craig Andrzejewski led the way for Penn, scoring three goals and dishing off four assists for seven points. Senior David Cornbrooks also tallied three goals for the Quakers, while Alex Salihi scored twice and J.J. Lian scored once. Penn also got goals from some unusual sources, as Joe Kelly, Brian Weiss and Glenn Goebels all scored their first goals of the season.
Brown (6-5, 1-3 Ivy) took early control of the game, scoring first when David Madeira got a man-down goal five minutes in. Penn matched the score when Cornbrooks notched his first, but Brown got goals from Mike Bernard and Thomas Muldoon and took a 3-1 lead after one.
Penn gained control of the game in the second, however, scoring five unanswered to take a 6-3 lead. Cornbrooks got the run started one minute in, and then Andrzejewski finished a Chris Harms feed with 10:46 left. Lian gave the Quakers a lead they would not relinquish with 8:13 left in the half, and then Weiss scored directly off the face-off to make the score 5-3. Andrzejewski ended the run with his second of the day just 41 seconds after Weiss' score.
Brown got one back before halftime when Muldoon scored his second, but it was 6-4 Penn at the break.
Kelly scored his goal off the opening faceoff to start the third quarter, before Brown's Will Davis scored on a man advantage and then Muldoon netted his third of the day to make the score 7-6. Cornbrooks scored his third of the day soon after Muldoon's goal, pushing Penn's lead back to two, but Kyle Hollingsworth brought the Bears back within one off a Muldoon feed.
However, Penn opened things up again with the last three scores of the third quarter. Salihi got the run started with an unassisted effort, then more than four minutes went by before Goebels finished an Andrzejewski feed. The killer for Brown came with just 18 seconds left in the quarter, when Andrzejewski scored unassisted to make the score 11-7.
Brown stirred briefly, when Muldoon scored his fourth just 31 seconds into the final quarter and then Davis netted an unassisted goal with 10:46 to play to make the score 11-9. However, Salihi quickly answered with his second of the day, and Brown was only able to score one more time before the final horn.
Penn outshot Brown, 37-35, and forced Bears goalie Jordan Burke to make 17 saves. At the other end, freshman Chris Casey collected the win by making 11 saves in the Penn goal.
The Quakers will meet yet another ranked team next weekend, hosting No.7 Maryland at Franklin Field Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.