BALTIMORE -On a night when the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team enjoyed a gigantic advantage over host UMBC in two critical categories -- shots and faceoffs -- it took every last second for the Quakers to overcome the Retrievers and gain an 8-7 win Tuesday at UMBC Stadium.
Penn outshot UMBC 47-20 -- 39-15 after the first quarter -- and held a 14-5 advantage on the X thanks to another strong performance from sophomoreChris Santangelo. However, that almost wasn’t enough. Fortunately, long-stick midfielder Connor Keating was able to score and break a 7-7 tie with 4:15 left, and while the Quakers gave the Retrievers a few chances with the ball after that the hosts could not break through.
Penn improved to 7-5 with the win, while UMBC fell to 3-9.
Keating finished the night with two goals, giving him 12 this season which is more than any other long pole in the country. Simon Mathias recorded five points, with three goals and two assists, while Kevin McGeary, Reilly Hupfeldt and Tyler Dunn all scored once.
This game was tied five different times: at 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, and finally at 7-7.
Dunn and UMBC’s Nate Lewnes traded goals just 1:20 apart to make it 1-1 after less than two minutes, but things slowed down considerably after that. Mathias provided the only other goal of the period to make it 2-1 after one.
Lewnes quickly leveled things in the second, before Mathias struck unassisted midway through the period. However, Max Haldeman scored with just seven seconds left in the half, and the teams went to the locker rooms knotted at 3-3.
Lewnes gave UMBC its only lead of the night six minutes into the third, but Penn responded with the next three goals to go up 6-4 as McGeary and Mathias scored just 18 seconds apart and then Keating followed up Mathias’ goal exactly two minutes later. Once again, though, UMBC scored in the dying seconds of the quarter, Lewnes netting his fourth to make it 6-5 after three.
Hupfeldt finished a Mathias feed to push Penn back up by two, but then Haldeman scored twice within a span of 2:52 to tie the game up with eight minutes to play.
Keating’s winner came off a failed UMBC clear, and the pole scored from in close near the right post, rifling his shot over Retrievers goalie Ruston Souder.
Souder finished the night with 16 saves, while Reed Junkin went the distance in Penn’s goal and had six stops.
Penn is back on the road this Saturday, closing out the Ivy League portion of their season at Dartmouth. The Quakers will face off with the Big Green in Hanover at 1 p.m.