Men's Lacrosse Holds Off Drexel, 9-8

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PHILADELPHIA - A year ago at Franklin Field, the Penn men's lacrosse team had a three-goal lead on Drexel in the fourth quarter but could not hold on and lost, 9-8.

On Saturday, at the Dragons' Vidas Field, the Quakers were again up by three in the final stanza. This time, though, they held their ground and won by the exact same score.

Penn's Joe Kelly answered a Drexel goal at the 9:47 mark of the fourth, gaining the ground ball on the faceoff and taking it all the way to the goal to make the score 9-6. That proved to be the winner, as Drexel got goals with 8:07 and 2:57 left but could not come up with the ball after that. Penn won the final faceoff and held the ball the rest of the way, despite the Dragons' best efforts to get it back.

Penn held a 4-0 lead early in the second, thanks to unassisted goals by Casey O'Rourke, Garvey Heiderman, Al Kohart and Alex Weber. Drexel (0-2) was able to get three of them back before halftime, including a pair of goals just eight seconds apart by Jon Van Houten and Scott Perri with a little more than two minutes left before the break.

Kohart and Craig Andrzejewski scored unassisted efforts early in the third, putting Penn up 6-3. Kyle Bergman got one of them back on a Van Houten pass, but just before the end of the third Weber rocketed his second home and the Quakers were up, 7-4, entering the fourth.

Bergman made it 7-5 early in the fourth, but Drexel was called for a penalty on the ensuing faceoff and Penn made the Dragons pay as Heiderman finished a feed from Kohart. Perri made it 8-6 on a Perri goal with 10:01 left, but just 14 seconds later Kelly was netting just the second goal of his career to put the Quakers back up by three.

Colin Ambler made it 9-7 with 8:07 left, but Penn kept gaining possession and holding Drexel off the board. The Quakers killed one 1-minute penalty, but got another and this time the Dragons converted, Ambler finishing a feed from Perri.

That was it for Drexel, though, in a frenetic final two minutes.

Greg Murray got the start in goal and came up with 12 saves; at the other end, Drexel keeper Mark Manos had 12 stops.

Justin Lynch got off to a slow start on the faceoff X, winning just two of nine in the opening half. Things changed in the second stanza, though, as Penn won 10 of 12 including all seven in the critical fourth quarter.

Penn returns to action next Saturday, taking on another city foe -- Villanova -- at 1 p.m. That game will be played at the Wildcats' Villanova Stadium.

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