PHILADELPHIA - For the second-straight weekend, the Penn men's lacrosse team found itself in an overtime game. Last week, the Quakers forced the overtime with a pair of last-minute goals. On Sunday against Yale, in the Ivy League opener for both squads, the Quakers watched as the Bulldogs overcame a two-goal deficit to force extra time.
And like UMBC did to them a week ago, the Quakers were able to shake off that two-goal run and grab the victory. It took nearly eight minutes of overtime to settle things Sunday, but Penn escaped with the win when Garvey Heiderman took a feed from Alex Salihi and fired a shot past Yale goalie George Carafides for his second goal of the game.
Penn improved to 4-2 overall, while 17th-ranked Yale fell to 3-1.
A quick start to the game saw Yale take a 3-1 lead before the contest was five minutes old. However, Penn was able to slow the tempo of the game, as the Quakers scored six goals over the next 22 minutes to take a 7-3 lead. Craig Andrzejewski got the run started with an unassisted goal with 9:33 left in the first quarter, and then more than eight minutes passed before David Cornbrooks fired a rocket that found the goal for a 3-3 tie.
The Quakers scored four times in the second quarter to take control. Heiderman netted his first off an Andrzejewski feed, and then Tim Hlavin finished another nice feed from Andrzejewski. Sophomore J.J. Lian netted an unassisted goal with 5:47 to play, and then Cornbrooks finished a Chris Harms feed with 3:31 left in the half to give Penn the 7-3 lead.
Yale got one back just before the break, when Brendan Gibson netted his second of the day, and then the Bulldogs scored three in a row after Cornbrooks tallied his third on the day to make the score 8-7.Michael Karwoskigot the run started with 3:34 to play in the third quarter, then just 16 seconds later Greg DuBoff scored on a Karwoski feed. Less than two minutes later, Karwoski scored again -- his third of the day -- but Penn regained the two-goal edge heading into the final quarter thanks to Andrzejewski's second goal of the day.
The only goals of the fourth quarter came from Yale, as Karwoski scored with 6:29 to go and then Gibson tied things up with 3:44 to play.
The overtimes certainly had their moments of drama, as the teams combined for seven shots before Heiderman's winner. On the day, Penn outshot Yale, 46-33, including a 20-7 advantage from the fourth quarter on.
In goal, freshmanChris Casey came up with eight saves on the day, a number that was matched by Carafides. Yale also won 12 of the game's 23 faceoffs (although Penn's Justin Lynch was able to win both faceoffs in the overtime sessions).
Penn is next in action next Saturday, traveling to Harvard to take on the Crimson at 1 p.m.