Providence, R.I. - The Penn men's lacrosse team fell to No. 19 Brown, 10-8, on April 16. As has been the case in the last few contests, the Quakers again came within one goal, 9-8, with 19 seconds left in the game, but Brown scored with one tick left on the clock to cement the victory. With the loss, Penn finished the 2005 Ivy League season at 0-6.
"We took a lot of shots in the fourth from some pretty good spots on the field and we just couldn't get them in," Head Coach Brian Voelker said. "Brown was verytalented offensively and we had to play a lot of defense, especially in the first quarter. When you are down 4-0 in the first quarter, that's a really big deficit for our team to come back from.
"There were times when we played sloppy today and we have to play really well for 60 minutes to win games. When we don't play well in the first, and then turn around and pretty much outplay them the rest of the game, we have to be able to finish and we just didn't pull it out again. Andy Blechman did a really good job on (Chazz) Woodson - he usually covers the best guy on the opposing team - but they had other weapons that we couldn't stop.
"Obviously, it's been a really tough season," Voelker concluded. "The guys are playing really hard and putting in 100 percent.It's been a frustrating year, but all we can do is keep plugging away."
The Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter. The Quakers then put together a run of its own asPenn got on the scoreboard on a goal from Alan Eberstein off a pass from DJ Andrzejewski at 9:36, Mark Becker found an open Greg Voigt for a goal at 7:16 and Andrzejewski found James Riordan at 4:36 to bring the game within one, 4-3, heading into the second half.
Brown outscored Penn, 2-1, in the third quarter as Eberstein found Riordan for his second goal of the game at 5:10. Luke Dixson opened the eight-goal fourth quarter with his first score of the game at 11:53 to bring the Quakers within one again, 6-5, but the Bears answered right back, pushing the lead back up to three with two goals. Zandy Reich found David Cornbrooks for Penn's sixth goal of the game at 5:54 and after Brown scored again at 3:18 to make the score 9-6, the Quakers made their regular scoring run. Reich found an open Alex Salihi with 1:01 to go and Eberstein netted his second goal of the contest with just 19 ticks left on theclock to bring Penn within one, 9-8, but the Bears found the back of the net for the10th time with just one second remaining to sealBrown's victory.
Eberstein ended the afternoon with three points on two goals and an assist, while Riordan, Reich and Andrzejewski each had two points for the Red and Blue. Penn goalie DenisCole made five saves for the Quakers and the Red and Blue were 0-for-4 on extra man opportunities on theafternoon.
The Quakers will host the final two games of the season. Penn will welcome Loyola to Franklin Field on Saturday, April 23, before finishing the 2005 season at Lincoln Financial Field against Maryland on May 7.
Written by Carla Zighelboim