Men's Lacrosse Falls to Denver, 12-6

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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team was in good shape midway through the second quarter Friday afternoon at Franklin Field, holding a 4-2 lead over the University of Denver in the Quakers' 2009 home opener.

Unfortunately, the Pioneers rattled off eight straight goals -- two before halftime, then six in the third quarter -- and that was more than enough as Denver gained a 12-6 win. With the loss, Penn falls to 1-2 on the young season.

Each team scored once in the first quarter. For Penn, Casey O'Rourke finished a feed from Craig Andrzejewski at the midway point of the quarter, but Denver's Alex Demopoulos equalized off a feed from Joey Murray with 4:16 left.

In the second, Andrzejewski scored off a Corey Winkoff feed, and then Al Kohart scored unassisted to give Penn a 3-1 lead before the quarter was two minutes old. Andrew Lay got one of the goals back a minute after Kohart's score, but Andrzejewski matched with his second goal and third point of the day with 6:35 left before the break.

However, Murray scored an unassisted goal with exactly four minutes before halftime, and then Charley Dickenson fed his brother John for the tying goal that sent the teams into the half tied, 4-4. In the third, Denver outshot Penn 13-3 and it showed on the scoreboard as the Pioneers scored six goals that were not answered by the Quakers. Jamie Lincoln in particular damaged Penn, scoring three times in the run (two in man-up situations).

Alex Weber finally ended a 25:01 scoring drought when he netted an unassisted goal with 11:34 left in the fourth quarter, but Denver scored two more times before Garvey Heiderman ended the scoring off a feed from Winkoff.

Greg Murray was in goal for Penn and had six saves; at the other end, Peter Lowell went most of the way and made 12 stops while allowing just five of the six goals.

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