PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's lacrosse team scored early and often, and in the process put together an historic win Sunday afternoon at Franklin Field with an 18-4 rout of Robert Morris.
The victory allowed the 10th-ranked Quakers (10-2, 4-2 Ivy League) to earn the program's first 10-win season since the 1988 team went 11-4 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. Robert Morris (1-12) fell for the 12th-straight game since an opening-day win.
The Colonials actually got on the board first, when Andrew Watt scored off a Justin Backstrom feed just 43 seconds into the contest, but it was all Quakers after that as Penn scored five times in the first quarter and six more times in the second to take an 11-1 lead into the halftime break.
Senior D.J. Andrzejewski -- one of 10 Penn seniors playing their final home game for the Red and Blue -- led the way during the first-half onslaught, scoring all four of his goals on the day before the second quarter was five minutes old. He later assisted a goal before the break. Fellow senior Alan Eberstein scored twice in the opening half, while five other players scored once.
Penn scored the first two goals of the third quarter, as well, opening up a 13-1 lead before RMU got back on the board with 5:27 to play in the quarter. It snapped a shutout streak of 39:10 by the Quakers.
Every player who dressed for Penn saw time, and 11 different players scored goals in the win. Sophomore Tim Hlavin (2 goals) and freshmen Casey O'Rourke (2) and Alex Weber (2) joined Andrzejewski and Eberstein as multi-goal scorers, while Craig Andrzejewski, James Riordan, David Cornbrooks, Garrett Blomquist and Dean Nacey scored once apiece.
Penn outshot RMU by a staggering 53-14 count, and all three Quaker goalkeepers -- Gregory Klossner, Greg Murray and Noah Aptekar -- saw time in the cage. They combined for five saves on the day.
Penn hits the road two weekends from now to play its final regular-season game, taking on Maryland Saturday, May 6, in a game that will be televised nationally on College Sports Television (CSTV).