Men's Lacrosse Rebuffed by Lafayette, 14-9

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EASTON, Pa.- The Penn men's lacrosse team had an answer for Lafayette's first punch Wednesday night at the Leopards' Rappolt Field, but the 20th-ranked Leopards dealt a haymaker in the third quarter and the Quakers had no response as Lafayette went on to win, 14-9.

With the victory, Lafayette remains unbeaten through its first three games. Penn (0-2) is still looking for its first win under head coach Mike Murphy.

Lafayette held a substantial advantage in possession and shots through much of the first half, building up a 5-1 lead before the second quarter was two minutes old. The Leopards needed nearly eight minutes to get on the board on a Tom Perini goal, and almost four minutes went by before Will Amling matched him to tie the score. However, Lafayette's Matt Mersky scored unassisted with 1:14 left in the quarter, and then Perini notched his second with just 15 seconds left. The second quarter then began with Mersky and Steve Serling tallying goals to push Lafayette's advantage to four goals.

Midway through the second quarter, Lafayette's advantage on the shot chart was 25-6. That changed when Dan Savage netted a shot off anAl Kohartfeed. Perini netted his third with 5:53 left in the half, but Penn came back with goals from Savage, Rob McMullen and Corey Winkoff to make it a 6-5 game at the break.

The third quarter was the difference. Penn's lack of discipline led to a series of penalties, and Lafayette took advantage to score three man-up goals en route to a 5-1 scoring run in the quarter. Perini netted three in the stanza, while Kevin Dunbar and Tyler Silvey also scored. For Penn, Chris Harms provided the only offensive highlight.

The best Penn could do was match Lafayette in the fourth quarter. Serling got the final-quarter scoring started, but was matched by McMullen. Mersky and Kohart matched each other late in the game, just 10 seconds apart, before Perini put the finishing touches on his seven-goal night with 1:17 left. Kohart closed out the scoring with a shorthanded goal in the final seconds.

In addition to Perini's big night, Mersky finished with three goals while Serling had two. Bauer dished out five assists. Kohart, McMullen and Savage each had two goals, while Winkoff finished the night with a goal and two assists.

Penn returns to action twice this weekend, traveling to the University of Denver's Faceoff Classic in Colorado. The Quakers will play the host Pioneers Saturday, then meet Air Force on Sunday.

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