Men's Lax Comes Back to Beat Villanova, 9-6

Penn-Villanova Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team overcame a 4-2 halftime deficit by reeling off five unanswered goals in the second half to beat cross-city rival Villanova, 9-6, Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field.

The Quakers (2-0) got three goals each from brothers D.J. and Craig Andrzejewski. Villanova (1-2) was led by Matt Starker and Tim Langan, Jr., who each had two goals.

The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair. James Riordan got the Quakers on the board first five minutes into the game on a shot from Craig Andrzejewski's feed, but the Wildcats tied the game on Eric Heidenberger's goal. Penn's Patrick Rogers scored to make it 2-1 a minute later, but the 'Cats Matt Starker capitalized on a man-advantage to score with 3:25 remaining in the quarter. Langan then added two goals in the second quarter to give 'Nova the halftime lead.

The second half, though, belonged the Andrzejewski brothers. Craig made it a 4-3 game five minutes into the quarter, and D.J. tied it at four just seconds later. Another goal by D.J. and two more from Craig gave Penn a comfortable 7-4 lead that would be enough for the eventual 9-6 win.

The two teams combined for 12 penalties in a physical game. The Quakers held a 35-33 advantage on shots, but outshot the Wildcats 20-8 in the second half. Gregory Klossner made 13 saves to earn the win. Counterpart Joe Canuso of Villanova also stopped 13 in the loss.

Penn is back in action Tuesday when it travels to North Carolina for a 7 p.m. start.

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