Philadelphia - Junior Patrick Rogers scored the game-winning goal with 50 seconds remaining in the game to lift the University of Pennsylvania men's lacrosse team over Loyola, 9-8, on a rain-soaked Franklin Field on Saturday afternoon.
Luke Dixson score the Quakers go ahead goal midway through the fourth quarter to give Penn an 8-7 lead, but Loyola's Jordan Rabidou answered with a goal of his own with four minutes left in the game. Alan Eberstein won the next faceoff for the Red and Blue, but a turnover by the Quakers gave Loyola the ball and a chance to take the lead. Pat Shek and Cory Coffman both fired shots at Penn goalie Denis Cole, but both times Cole stopped the ball. After a quick timeout at the 1:30 mark, Rogers found the back of the net to put Penn back on top. In the closing minutes of the game, Loyola's Matt Monfett went in for a shot, but Andrew Blechman knocked the ball out of his stick.
After Loyola scored on their first possession, the Quakers (2-10, 0-6) answered with three goals in a two minute span. Zandy Reich and DJ Andrzejewski each scored unassisted tallies and David Cornbrooks scored on a feed from Andrzejewski. Reich scored his second goal of the game on a pass from James Riordanwith 5:29 remaining in the quarter to give Penn a 4-1 advantage. Before the half was over, Greg Leonard added a tally for the Greyhounds and Riordan put another tally on the board for the Red and Blue with four second remaining on a feed from Reich. The Greyhounds held the Quakers scoreless in the second quarter and pulled within one on goals from Greg Leonard and Dan Bauers.
Greg Voight added to the Quaker's one goal lead with his third goal of the season with 10:22 remaining in the third quarter. After Monfett socred at the 8:27 mark, David Moore scored the equalizer just over a minute later. Andrzejewski gave Penn the lead with 3:27 to go, but Leonard answered for the Greyhounds just 24 second later to even the score.
Penn outshot the Greyhounds, 39-32 and won 13-of-20 facefalls. Loyola took advantage on 1-of-3 extra-man opportunities, while Penn had four chances. Cole made eight saves in the net, while Michael Fretwell had 12 for Loyola.
The Red and Blue return to action on May 7 when they face Maryland at Lincoln Financial Field. Game time is set for 5 p.m. and will air live on CN8.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications.