COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Like its game last Tuesday at Saint Joseph’s, the No. 16 University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team was forced to play catch-up almost all of Tuesday night at Maryland.
Unlike last Tuesday, when the Quakers overcame the Hawks for an overtime win, the Quakers were not able to catch the 11th-ranked Terps and fell at Byrd Stadium, 11-7.
Maryland (2-1) scored the first three goals on Tuesday night, as Bryan Cole and Joe LoCascio sandwiched unassisted goals around a man-up tally by Matt Rambo (off a Cole feed).
Penn (2-1) finally got on the board with 5:19 left in the first, Joe McCallion scoring a man-up goal off a Nick Doktor feed. Two minutes after that, Doktor again fed McCallion for a rocket from distance that made the score 3-2.
Maryland doubled its lead again when Jay Carlson scored off a Henry West feed, but Reilly Hupfeldt made it a one-goal game in the final minute of the quarter.
The teams traded a goal each in the second quarter, as Rambo netted his second for the Terps and Kevin McGeary scored an unassisted goal for the Quakers.
Maryland took control of the scoreboard in the third quarter, scoring the first four goals in the period. Carlson got the run started, off a feed from Rambo, and then West finished a Rambo feed before Rambo himself scored for the hat trick. Dylan Maltz completed the run.
Isaac Bock got one of the goals back, after Kevin McDonough picked up a Maryland turnover and fed the senior in front. Just when it looked like Penn might get back into the game, though, UM had a long possession that ended with Cole finding Maltz open in front. Maltz beat John Lopes with just 6.4 seconds left, and it was 10-5 entering the final quarter.
McCallion opened the fourth-quarter scoring, taking a feed from Doktor and rifling his third goal of the night to make the score 10-6 with 9:23 to play. He then made things interesting with another goal, this time in a man-up situation and again from Doktor, to make it 10-7.
LoCascio righted the ship for the Terps, however, scooting around a defender and firing a shot over Lopes’ head with 3:13 left to restore a four-goal lead.
Penn is back in action on Saturday, again traveling to face a Big Ten opponent. This time it will be Penn State, as the Quakers and the Nittany Lions will face off at noon.
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