April 23, 2011

No. 13 Penn Shuts Down Dartmouth

from press release

PHILADELPHIA -- The Penn men's lacrosse team entered Saturday's contest with Dartmouth having played four straight one-goal games in Ivy League play. So when the unranked Big Green scored the first goal of the game on the 13th-ranked Quakers with 11:31 left in the first quarter, there was every reason to expect another dogfight at Franklin Field.

In fact, Dartmouth ended up outshooting Penn 9-6 in the opening quarter. However, the visiting Green's second goal did not come until just over 10 minutes were left in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Quakers took advantage of that 45-minute drought to score seven unanswered goals, and in the end they won 9-4.

With the win, Penn concludes the Ivy portion of its season at 4-2, the team's best league record since 2006. The Quakers also guaranteed themselves a spot in the Ivy League Tournament as the No. 2 seed. That event will be hosted by Cornell, with the semifinals taking place Friday, May 6, and the final on Sunday, May 8. Penn is 8-4 overall. Dartmouth fell to 5-8 overall, 1-4 in the Ivy League.

Penn also completes the 2011 season with a 6-0 record on Franklin Field, and extends its home winning streak to seven games dating back to last season. That is the fourth-longest streak in the nation at the NCAA Division I level.

Penn got two goals each from John Conneely and Dan Savage, while Corey Winkoff had four assists and sophomore Ryan Parietti added a goal and two dishes. That complemented an outstanding defensive effort, as the Quakers had 14 caused turnovers on the day. Penn has held three opponents to four or fewer goals this season, and in the last three games the Quakers have allowed just 15 goals.

Dartmouth's Chris Costabile got Dartmouth on the board less than four minutes in, scoring an unassisted goal. However, Brian Feeney was equal to every task after that, and probably kept his team in the game. The freshman goalie had four saves in the opening stanza, and finished the game with nine stops.

Meanwhile, Penn's offense struggled early in the raw weather -- the first half was far from a work of art on either side -- but built up enough of a cushion to secure the victory.

The Quakers got on the board with 6:50 left in the first when Rob Fitzpatrick used a nice individual effort to get in front of the goal. That was quickly followed by Penn's second goal, as the Red and Blue won the faceoff and Winkoff found Will Koshansky in front for the long-stick middie's fourth goal this season.

Penn scored two more times in the second quarter. The first came from Drew Belinsky, who finished a Winkoff feed, and the second was a particularly big goal as it came with just 10 seconds left before the half. Savage netted it, off another Winkoff pass.

Conneely got on the board with 9:12 left in the third quarter, followed two minutes later by Savage's unassisted effort from up top. With 1:42 left in the quarter, Parietti got free and finished yet another Winkoff feed, and Penn was up 7-1 after three.

Dartmouth sprung to life in the fourth. Mike Olentine seemed to surprise the Penn defense with an individual effort that got him in front of the goal, and he converted the shot past Feeney's left side. Just 23 seconds after that, Olentine struck again, this time off a feed from Kip Dooley.

Penn fans may have started to squirm a bit with 8:44 left, when Dartmouth converted a man-up situation and made the score 7-4. Rhett Miller scored the goal, hitting a low-angle shot just under the crossbar off a Dooley pass.

Penn was able to respond. Just more than a minute after Miller's goal, Penn had the ball on offense and Dartmouth's pulled its keeper out to help on defense. Parietti found Conneely - who had the goalie on him defensively - and Conneely was able to catch the pass in front and bounce the ball into the open goal. With 6:06 left, Parietti found Kohart on the right side, and the senior rifled a shot past Fergus Campbell into the goal to close out the scoring.

Koshansky ended up with five caused turnovers and six ground balls to go with his goal.

The Quakers will conclude the regular season next Saturday at No. 10 Virginia, facing off with the Cavaliers at 3 p.m.


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