Men's Lacrosse Pulls Away to Beat Dartmouth, 11-4

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HANOVER, N.H. –The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team used an incredible performance from freshman goalie Reed Junkin and a solid second-half offensive performance to down Dartmouth, 11-4, Saturday at the Big Green’s Scully-Fahey Field.

The win was Penn’s third in a row, and the Quakers improved to 8-5 overall. They also finished the Ivy League portion of their season 4-2, the third time that has happened in the last six years (after it happened just once from 1990 to 2010, in 2006).

Junkin was a standout all day long, making 17 saves while allowing just four goals for an .810 save percentage. That was the difference on a day when Penn and Dartmouth tied in shots, 36-36.

Four different Penn players scored two goals each on Saturday: Simon Mathias, Pat Berkery, Reilly Hupfeldt and long-stick defenseman Kevin Gayhardt. Mathias also had two assists while Berkery added one. Senior Nick Doktor, who saw his 38-game point-scoring streak end on Tuesday at UMBC, had a goal and an assist on Saturday.

Penn led 2-0 just four minutes into the contest thanks to goals from Berkery (off an Alex Roesner feed) and sophomore long pole Connor Keating (off a Kevin McGeary feed). Dartmouth got those back, as Jack Korzelius and Harrison Lane scored just 1:20 apart, but Berkery’s second goal of the day came only 13 seconds after Lane’s tally.

That started a five-goal run by the Quakers, though the goals were spread out over more than 33 minutes -- Mathias had the only score in the second quarter, and then Doktor, Hupfeldt and Gayhardt scored during the second half of the third period. Dartmouth finally scored after being shut out for more than 34 minutes, Richie Loftus finishing an Evan Key feed, but it was 7-3 Penn after three.

Tyler Dunn quickly opened the scoring in the fourth quarter, just 10 seconds in, and after Loftus matched that goal the Quakers were able to close things out with the game’s last three tallies (Mathias, Gayhardt, Hupfeldt).

Penn will close out the regular-season portion of the campaign on Tuesday, as the Quakers host city rival Saint Joseph’s. Tuesday’s game will start at 7 p.m., and it will take place on Rhodes Field (Penn’s soccer field) as Franklin Field will be offline for Penn Relays.

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