ITHACA, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team was up against it midway through Saturday’s game at No. 7 Cornell; the Quakers trailed the Big Red, 9-4, as the teams went to their locker rooms at halftime.
Penn came back strong out of the locker room, holding Cornell scoreless the entire second half while coming all the way back to tie the game and send it to overtime. The teams then needed one…two…three extra periods before the Big Red’s Dan Lintner ended the Big Red’s scoreless drought and the game with a goal from directly in front.
Penn had started the third overtime with the ball, but Kevin McGeary’s shot from distance was saved and then scooped up by a Cornell defenseman. The Big Red brought the ball down the field, and after John Lopes saved their initial shot Cornell’s Matt Donovan came up with the big ground ball. Lintner finished shortly after that, taking a pass directly in front of the goal, turning and firing a shot that beat Lopes to his lower left.
Prior to that goal, Penn (3-5, 0-2 Ivy League) had held Cornell (6-2, 2-0 Ivy) scoreless for 39:41.
Joe McCallion opened the scoring for Penn just 2:13 into Saturday’s game, but Cornell reeled off the next three goals before McCallion closed the first period with his second of the day.
The second quarter was all Cornell; the Big Red scored five straight goals to go up 8-2, and then after McGeary and Reilly Hupfeldt got Penn back on the board John Hogan scored with just one second left before the halftime horn to send the teams to the locker room with the Big Red up 9-4.
Penn outscored Cornell 4-0 in the third quarter to get back in the game. McCallion sandwiched his third and fourth goals around an unassisted Nick Doktor tally, and then Isaac Bock finished a Hupfeldt feed to send the teams to the final quarter with Cornell’s lead just 9-8.
Will Laco had the only goal of the fourth quarter, finishing a Doktor feed with 3:14 left. Penn was forced to stave off a one-minute penalty, Lopes making a pair of saves, and got the game to OT.
Penn started the OT in a man-up situation thanks to a Cornell penalty late in regulation, and outshot the Big Red 3-2, but nobody scored. Cornell won the faceoff to start the second OT period and held the ball all four minutes, taking all six shots in the period. Lopes was forced to make just one save, however, while another shot rang the post.
Penn won the faceoff to start the third period, and after a Quakers timeout McGeary worked his way along the right side and took a shot that Cornell keeper Christian Knight stopped. That set the stage for Lintner’s heroics at the other end.
Penn outshot Cornell on the day, 55-49, and forced Knight to make 13 saves. At the other end, Jimmy Sestilio got the start and had two stops in the first half before giving way to Lopes, who had nine saves after halftime.
Penn is back in action next Saturday, hosting Yale at 5:30 p.m. on Franklin Field; that game will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1.
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