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Men’s D1: Princeton rallies to defeat Penn, 11-10, in overtime in Ivy League thriller

Saturday, 20th March 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/20/10
From Press Releases

The Princeton men’s lacrosse team has won 21 in a row over Penn, but the Quakers have sure given the Tigers a scare the last two years.

After falling in overtime a year ago at Franklin Field, Penn once again extended Princeton beyond regulation again today at the Tigers’ Class of 1952 Stadium. However, Princeton’s Jeff Frocarro scored an unassisted goal a little more than three minutes into the first extra session, capping a huge rally and propelling the fifth-ranked team in the nation to an 11-10 victory.

Princeton – coached by former Drexel mentor Chris Bates – is now 5-1 on the season, while Penn fell to 4-4 overall. The game was the Ivy League opener for both squads.

Much like a year ago, Penn dominated the first half. The Quakers’ Al Kohart scored the only goal of the first quarter, and then the Red and Blue outscored the Tigers 5-1 in the second stanza to take a 6-1 lead into halftime.

Corey Winkoff (two goals, two assists) started the run, and then Dan Savage and Chris Harms tallied goals off Tim Schwalje feeds. Princeton’s Mike Chanenchuk briefly stopped the run, but Rob Fitzpatrick and Will Amling scored about a minute apart late in the second quarter.

Winkoff scored his second of the day just 1:38 into the third, but that would be all of Penn’s scoring in the third. At the other end, Jack McBride (three goals) and Mike Grossman tallied for Princeton, and then Chanenchuk (three goals, two assists) notched his second with 18 seconds left in the quarter to make the score 7-4 heading into the fourth.

The fourth quarter was wild. Rob Engelke started the scoring for Princeton with 12:31 left, but Fitzpatrick and then John Conneely scored man-up goals to push Penn to a 9-5 lead with nine minutes left.

Princeton needed all of 1:18 to score four times and tie the game. Chris McBride got things started with 8:29 left, then Frocarro finished a Chanenchuk feed with 7:34 to play. Eleven seconds after that, Jack McBride scored his second of the day, and just 12 seconds after that Jack McBride scored again.

Six minutes would go by before another goal was scored, and it came from the stick of Chanenchuk with 1:11 to play to give Princeton its first lead of the day. Penn’s Rob McMullen drew the Quakers level with just 17 seconds left on an unassisted goal, setting the stage for overtime.

Princeton outshot Penn, 47-25, but Chris Casey (3) and Joe Hegener (6) combined for nine saves in the Quaker cage as they once again split halves. Justin Lynch won 13 of his 25 faceoffs on the day.

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