PRINCETON, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team had not beaten Princeton on the Tigers’ home field since 1988, but ended that drought in emphatic fashion on Saturday as the Quakers rolled to a 20-10 victory at Class of 1952 Stadium.
Penn’s 20 goals marked a high-water mark for the Quakers in their series with Princeton, and were the most against an Ivy League team since that same 1988 season when Penn beat Dartmouth 23-2. Overall, the last time Penn hit the 20-goal mark in a game was April 17, 2001, a 25-6 victory over Saint Joseph’s.
Penn improved to 4-2 overall, while Princeton fell to 2-4; Saturday’s game was the Ivy League opener for both squads.
It was a balanced attack for Penn. Two different players, senior Nick Doktor and sophomore Kevin McGeary, had seven points each. McGeary and freshman Simon Mathias scored five times apiece, while senior Patric Berkery and freshman Alex Roesner both had three tallies. Overall, eight different players scored for the Quakers.
Penn never let Princeton into this one; the Quakers scored the game’s first two goals, and were up 5-1 after one quarter. That lead was extended to 9-1 during the second quarter, before a pair of Tigers goals -- the first one ending a Princeton scoring drought of 21 minutes, 13 seconds -- made it 9-3 at halftime.
It was a five-goal game on three different occasions in the third quarter, the final time at 11-6. At that point, Penn turned on the afterburners -- the Quakers scored the game’s next six goals over a 10-minute span to make the score 17-6, then answered the Tigers’ seventh with two more to make it 19-7 with more than nine minutes still to play in the fourth.
Penn was a perfect 4-of-4 on man-up situations Saturday
Penn is home for four of its next five contests, starting next Saturday when the Quakers host Ivy rival Cornell at Franklin Field. That game will face off at noon.
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