Men's Lacrosse Falls to Maryland, 9-2

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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse game with Maryland on Saturday was scheduled for the unusual time of 4:30 p.m., following a track meet that ran on Franklin Field during the morning and early portion of the afternoon.

Maryland's bus then took a wrong turn on the way to Philadelphia, and suddenly a 4:30 start became a 5:15 face off.

In the end, however, it might not have mattered when this game took place. Maryland was big, strong, and aggressive, and for the second year in a row the Penn offense had a hard time fighting that. Saturday's final was 9-2, and although the Quakers took 26 shots (to just 31 by the Terps) they got just 10 on goal all game and few in prime scoring places.

Maryland took a 2-0 lead, scoring just 2:05 into the contest when Nick Ward scored an unassisted goal. It took exactly 10 minutes for the Terps to get their second, which came when Grant Catalino fed Jake Bernhardt.

Penn halved Maryland's lead when Craig Andrzejewski took a nice feed in front from Corey Winkoff and potted it past UM keeper Brian Phipps. However, the Quakers suffered a serious blow when Maryland's Bryn Holmeswon the ensuing faceoff, raced down, and fed Dan Halayko for a goal with just two ticks left on the clock.

Maryland then scored three times in the second quarter, as Rob Morrison notched his first of the season and then Jeremy Sieverts followed with a pair of tallies.

Penn made it 6-2 with 7:09 left in the third quarter, when Andrzejewski fed Garvey Heiderman for a score. However, that was all Penn could muster offensively -- almost literally, as the Quakers did not even take a shot in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Maryland scored once in the third and twice in the fourth to put this one away.

Joe Hegener got the start in goal for Penn and made four saves, while Phipps had eight stops in three quarters before giving way to Jason Carter in the fourth.

Penn plays its final home game next weekend, hosting Towson Sunday at 2 p.m.

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