PRINCETON, N.J. - On Tuesday night at Princeton's Class of 52 Stadium, in front of more than 2,000 fans on a perfect night for lacrosse, the No. 7-ranked University of Pennsylvania men's lacrosse team was able to come up with an answer when 11th-ranked Princeton scored three goals in a row during the first quarter of play. The Quakers -- who had started the game with a goal by David Cornbrooks -- scored just 15 seconds into the second quarter thanks to James Riordan, then tied it five minutes later when P.J. Gilbert finished a feed from D.J. Andrzejewski.
Princeton responded with the next five goals, though, started by a three-goal spree that covered all of 32 seconds. Penn was unable to recover from that knockout punch, and ultimately took a 16-7 defeat that severely dented the Quakers chances at winning a piece of the Ivy League title.
Penn (8-2, 3-2 Ivy) closes out Ivy League play Saturday with Brown; the Quakers went into Tuesday nightknowing that wins over the Tigers and theBears would have clinched a share of the title as well as the Ancient Eight's NCAAChampionship bid. Following Tuesday night's loss, Penn's NCAA chances will likelyhinge on an at-large bid into the 16-team field.
Princeton (6-3, 2-0) went full throttle after the Quakers tied the game at 3-3. Just 92 seconds after Gilbert's game-tying goal, the Tigers' Peter Trombino scored off a feed from Alex Haynie, and 13 seconds after that Haynie doubled the lead off a feed from Zach Goldberg. Just 19 seconds later, Goldberg again found Haynie, and just like that it was 6-3.
Three minutes went by before Bob Schneider found the net for Princeton, and then Michael Wenzel pushed another one home for the Tigers just 23 seconds after Schneider's goal to make it 8-3.
The Quakersseemed to get over the stunning run, and scoredthe last two goals of the half to show that they still had somefight left. Freshmen Drew Collins and Casey O'Rourke both scored unassisted goals to send the teams into the locker rooms with Princeton up, 8-5.
The teams traded goals in the first three minutes of the third quarter -- Penn's came from Gilbert, off a feed from Alex Salihi -- but Princeton settled things down and effectively ended the game with a four-goal run that bridged the third and fourth quarters. Three of the goals came off the stick of Scott Sowanick.
Penn's final gasp came from Andrzejewski with 11:43 left, but Princeton shut the Quakers down the rest of the way and scored the game's final three goals.
In a game that was wide open, Princeton outshot Penn 42-37 and the teams combined for 12 penalties. Penn goalkeeper Gregory Klossner had six saves on the night and was pulled late in favor of Greg Murray. At the other end, Alex Hewit had a big night for the Tigers with 12 saves, and gave way to Dave Law for the final five minutes.
Penn and Brown will face off at Franklin Field Saturday at 1 p.m.