PHILADELPHIA - After five matches at home to start the 2012 season, Penn headed to No. 12 Georgetown on Sunday still looking for its first win of the season. While the nation's capital is as good a place as any to turn around a struggling campaign, the Quakers were outdone in the second half by the Hoyas to the tune of a 3-1 defeat.
Andy Riemer was the opponent with the vicious attack on Sunday, recording a hat trick for the Hoyas, scoring twice in the second half to break a halftime tie. He entered the match with two goals on the season, and scored in three different ways to deny Penn its first win of the season.
Duke Lacroix had the goal for Penn, his second in two matches and fifth point in his last two outings. Goalkeeper Max Kurtzman was again extremely busy for the Red and Blue, making eight saves despite the three goals allowed. Stephen Baker returned to the lineup for the Quakers after missing Friday's match and took six shots to lead all players.
Twice in 2012, Penn scored a key goal only to see it nullified by a quick answer from its opponent. On Sunday, it was Penn's turn to spoil a celebratory moment as Duke Lacroix needed just 2:27 to negate Georgetown's opening goal.
The Hoyas connected in the 36th minute via an Andy Riemer goal from Steve Neumann and Joey Dillon whose through ball to Neumann was crossed in for Riemer. In the 39th minute, Lacroix cemented the fact that he is certifiably on track for 2012 with his second goal in as many games. As he did on Friday, Lacroix went top right corner, launching his look from 30 yards out.
After a busy stretch to start the second half, the Hoyas broke the tie via Riemer's second goal of the match in the 76th minute. Riemer again was set up by Neumann, sliding into a header at the 6y line.
Riemer completed his hat trick in the 86th minute, reaching a pass from Tyler Rudy and finishing to the left corner to give Georgetown a 3-1 lead.
The Quakers head to familiar territory - Princeton, N.J. - for the Princeton Tournament next weekend, taking on Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday (5 p.m.) before a noon game with Rider on Sunday. A win will prevent Penn from setting a new mark for most consecutive losses to start a season as the Red and Blue's 0-6-0 beginning to 2012 matches a similar start by the 1992 club.