MLax Falters in Second Half at Denver

Denver, Colo. - The Penn men's lacrosse team will head home with a 1-1 record in the state of Colorado after falling to Denver, 7-6, on March 13. Down one goal heading into the fourth quarter, junior tri-captain DJ Andrzejewski scored out of the gate to knot the game at six, but the Quakers couldn't get on the scoreboard again and Scott Davidson scored the winning goal with 3:50 left in the game to hand Penn its second loss of the season.

"Again, we are obviously disappointed in the outcome of the game," Head Coach Brian Voelker said. "We had several chances to push the game into overtime in the final thirty seconds, but we just couldn't connect with the back of the net. We have a couple of people who are playing new roles and some inexperience out there, and although our defense is improving, our offense has to cut down on the mistakes if we are going to put games away. Denver is a tough team that will probably be vying for a spot in the NCAAs, so this was good competition for us as we head back home and into our Ivy League season."

Denver got on the scoreboard first with a goal at the 4:23 mark of the first quarter, which would be the only score of that stanza. Penn was on fire in the second quarter, scoring three straight goals in the final three and a half minutes to take a 3-1 lead into halftime. James Riordan scored two goals within a minute of each other off assists from Luke Wilson and Andrzejewski, and Wilson came back with his own goal with just one second left in the half, unassisted.

Unfortunately, the Quakers did not come out of the locker room with the same intensity as they went in with. Denver got on the board just 1:30 into the third quarter and scored three goals before the 10:00 mark to go ahead, 4-3. Penn woke up from its slumber whentri-captain Zandy Reich scored unassisted to knot the game at four and David Cornbrooks netted the go-ahead goal with 3:21 remaining in the third to give Penn the 5-4 lead. Denver pushed the tempo up a bit and scored two goals in the last minute of the quarter to retake the lead, 6-5, before Andrzejewski's game-tying goal to open the fourth and Davidson's game-winner at the 3:50 mark.

Riordan led the scoring for Penn with two goals, while Andrzejewski had a goal and an assist. Goalkeeper Greg Klossner made five saves in the game, asthe Quakers outshot Denver, 33-27.

Penn will now headback East to continue its four-game road trip with a March 16 meeting at Lehigh. Game time is 4 p.m.

Written by Carla Zighelboim