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Penn holds off Drexel, 9-8, in opener; Wildcats win, Hawks fall

Sunday, 22nd February 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/22/09

    Penn held off a late Drexel rally and opened its men’s lacrosse season Saturday with a 9-8 triumph over the host Dragons.

    Penn’s Joe Kelly gave the Quakers a 9-6 lead with 9:47 to play. Colin Ambler (Abington) scored twice for Drexel (0-2) to pull his team within 9-8, but Penn won the final faceoff and held the ball the rest of the way.

    Al Kohart, Alex Weber and Garve Heiderman led the Quakers with two goals apiece while Casey O’Rourke (Haverford School) and Craig Andrzejewski added one apiece. Greg Murray (West Chester East) made 11 saves in the goal.

    Kyle Bergman and Scott Perri each had two goals and an assist for the Dragons while Jon Van Houten and Kevin Stockel had one each. Mark Manos made 12 stops in the cage.

    Justin Lynch got off to a slow start on the faceoff X, winning just two of nine in the opening half. Things changed in the second stanza, though, as Lynch (12 of 21 overall) won 10 of 12 including all seven in the critical fourth quarter.

Villanova 12, Lafayette 4

    Paul Webber and Tim Driscoll scored four goals each to lead the Wildcats (2-0).

Hobart 12, St. Joseph’s 7

    Tom Dunn (Malvern Prep) scored twice and Sean Evans (Henderson) had a goal and two assists for the losing Hawks (1-2).

Georgetown 13, Maryland 10

    Todd Cochran (Conestoga) scored once for the visiting Hoyas as they opened with an upset over No. 3 Maryland.

Fairfield 10, Delaware 9

    Pat Lombard (La Salle) scored four goals for the visiting Blue Hens (1-2) in a losing effort.

Hofstra 11, Massachusetts 10

    Michael Colleluori (Ridley) scored two goals for the Pride as they opened with a victory.

Division III

Catholic 13, Gwynedd Mercy 1

    Brent Brearley scored the first goal in the history of the program as the Mustangs made their debut in a loss at Washington D.C.  James Leemon (Father Judge) made 13 stops in the goal for Gwynedd Mercy.

Stevenson 7, Widener 6

     Justin Upp scored twice for the losing Pride in their season opener.

Salisbury 18, Lynchburg 6

    Kyle Quist (Central Bucks East) scored once for the defending national champions (2-0). Freshman Dylan Hoff (Downingtown East) led Lynchburg with a goal and two assists.

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