Men's Lacrosse Falls at No. 4 Maryland, 10-7

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - For the second time this season, the Penn men's lacrosse team gave an ACC power a scare Monday afternoon, staying within a goal of Maryland midway through the fourth quarter. Like their season opener against Duke, however, the Quakers were unable to overcome their hosts. On Monday, the final score was 10-7.

The loss snapped a four-game win streak for Penn (4-3), which was the Quakers' longest such run since the 2006 team opened the season with six straight victories. Maryland, which is fourth in the USILA National Coaches' Poll that was released earlier today,remained undefeated at 5-0.

John Conneely had three points in the game, scoring once and assisting two other goals, while reigning Ivy League Player of the Week Rob McMullen had two goals. Corey Winkoff and Rob Fitzpatrick added a goal and an assist apiece.

Maryland has dominated this series over the last several years, and it looked like the Terps were on their way to another easy win after five minutes Monday as Travis Reed and Grant Catalino scored to make it 2-0. Al Kohart got one back for Penn with 9:07 left in the first, but UM's Ryan Young scored twice in a span of 17 seconds to make the score 4-1.

Penn answered, firstwith an unassisted goal by Winkoff to end the first quarter and then another unassisted effort -- this one by Conneely -- to start the second. However, Jake Bernhardt and Brian Farrell scored for Maryland before halftime, and the Terps went into the break with a 6-3 lead.

Penn hung around. Fitzpatrick scored his eighth of the season with 8:59 left in the third, a goal that was answered just 17 seconds later by Reed. However, more than six minutes went by without another goal, before Dan Savage finished a Conneely feed with 2:14 to go. The teams went into the final quarter with UM up, 7-5.

The Quakers within a goal two times in the fourth, the first time when McMullen finished a Winkoff pass just 50 seconds into the stanza, and then when McMullen answered Joe Cummings' goal with 10:42 to play. At that point, the score was 8-7. However, John Haus finished a Ryan Young feed with 9:33 to go, and then Catalino scored just 13 seconds later. That was all she wrote, as Penn could not find the goal after that.

Maryland outshot Penn on the day, 33-20. Chris Casey and Joe Hegener once again split time in goal, with Casey making seven saves in the first half and Hegener making five stops in the second. Justin Lynch won 10 faceoffs on the day and grabbed seven ground balls, while Joe Kelly had five.

Penn has concluded a brutal early-season stretch of seven non-conference games in 17 days. Things slow down from here, as the Quakers look forward to Ivy League games each of the next six Saturdays. The first comes this weekend, when Penn travels to Princeton for a 1 p.m. faceoff with the Tigers' at Class of 1952 Stadium.

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