EASTON, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team faced off with Lafayette in absolutely atrocious conditions Tuesday afternoon at the Leopards’ Fisher Stadium.
Penn senior midfielder Chris Moriarty didn’t seem to mind.
Moriarty entered Tuesday’s contest with three goals for his career. He doubled that total in one night, scoring three times -- including two in a row to break a 6-6 tie -- as the Quakers overcame the Leopards, 9-6.
Penn improved to 3-2 with the win, while Lafayette fell to 1-3.
Lafayette opened the scoring as Jason Sands drew first blood for the Leopards, but Moriarty and the Isaac Bock finished for Penn just 1:14 apart -- the latter coming off a feed from Joe McCallion -- to give the Quakers a 2-1 lead after one quarter.
The Leopards tied it midway through the second quarter on a nice play from behind the goal, Eric Joseph quick-sticking a feed from Sands. However, Penn struck twice within a minute to go up 4-2 as Chris Hupfeldt finished a feed from McCallion and then Nick Doktor got onto the scoresheet when he beat his man to the near post from behind and finished unassisted.
McCallion struck in the final minute before halftime, rifling a mid-angle shot from the left side that beat Lafayette goalie Matt Cortese to make the score 5-2 at the break. He then scored in the first minute of the third quarter to push Penn up 6-2.
Lafayette wasn’t finished. Sands ended a long Lafayette drought with an unassisted goal midway through the third period to make it 6-3, and then Morgan Westby, Robert Orazietti and Joseph scored early in the fourth to bring things level at 6-6.
Moriarty put the Quakers back in front with 7:33 left, as Doktor found him through the defense and he hit a shot from distance on the left side. Then, with 2:26 left, he doubled Penn’s lead with an unassisted effort through the Leopards defense.
Pat Berkery finished off the scoring in the game’s final minute, as Doktor led him to an open goal while Lafayette pressed the defense.
Jimmy Sestilio went the distance in goal for Penn, and made 10 saves. At the other end, Cortese finished with 12 stops. Penn outshot Lafayette on the day, 31-29.
Chris Santangelo had a strong day on the face-off X, winning 13 of his 15 draws.
After playing four in a row on the road, Penn is back at home for its next two contests. The first one comes on Saturday, as the Quakers host No. 19 Villanova at 1 p.m. That game can be viewed worldwide on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app.
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