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Men’s lacrosse: Penn stuns Duke, 14-9, with big 2nd half to open season

Friday, 22nd February 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/22/13
From Staff Report

Penn outscored Duke, 8-2, in the second half and stunned the 14th-ranked Blue Devils, 14-9, tonight in its season opener at Franklin Field.

Penn led, 5-2 in the first quarter before falling behind, 8-6, early in the second half.

Quakers freshman Mark Leonhard (Lawrenceville School) scored unassisted to break a 27-minute scoring drought and spark a ferocious Penn spurt.

Tim Schwalje led the Quakers with three goals and five assists, while Isaac Bock scored four goals and Nick Doktor scored twice. Ryan Parietti and Drew Belinski each had a goal and an assist for Penn.

Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion) had two goals for the Devils (2-3).

Joe McCallion (Haverford School) won 4 of 7 face-offs for Penn and sophomore attackman Chris Hupfeldt (Haverford School) made a start in his first college game and had two groundballs after missing all of last year with an injury.

Brian Feeney made 15 saves in goal for Penn while Dan Wigrizer (Haverford School) had 14 saves for Duke.

The only other time these teams met at Franklin Field was two years ago, when Penn stunned Duke with a 7-3 win. The pace was slightly faster on Friday night; in fact, the Quakers and Blue Devils scored more goals in the first quarter than were scored in that entire game two years ago.

Duke set the tone with Wolf’s first of the night just 52 seconds in. Zack Losco matched that goal to get Penn on the board 2:35 into the game, and 24 seconds later Bock netted his first. Myles Jones scored for Duke to again tie the game, but Penn reeled off the next three goals as Doktor, Belinsky and Schwalje all scored within a span of 1:36. Just six minutes into the game, the score was 5-2.

Duke stormed back with goals from Deemer Class and Josh Dionne 58 seconds apart, but Doktor scored his second of the period off a Parietti feed with 6:03 left in the quarter.

Things slowed down after that, with only Wolf scoring in the final minute of the quarter. Still, when the frenetic period was over the score was 6-5, Penn.

Duke scored the only goals of the second quarter, the first coming from Josh Offit and the second from Jones. The Blue Devils led at the break, 7-6.

Offit got the scoring started in the third quarter, as well, finishing a Christian Walsh feed. However, less than a minute later freshman Leonhard scored an unassisted goal and that seemed to steady the Quakers. Six minutes later, Schwalje finished a Bock feed to tie the game at 8-8, and a little less than three minutes later the duo reversed roles to give the Red and Blue a lead they would not relinquish.

Schwalje scored the first goal of the fourth quarter — the fourth straight Penn goal — before Duke ended a goalless streak of 15:50 when Walsh scored unassisted with 11:04 left in the contest.

The stage was set for a fantastic finish, but Penn had other ideas. Instead, another senior captain, Anthony Santomo, sent the Penn bench into bananas mode when he grabbed a loose ball in the defensive end, raced to the other end and finished the Quakers’ first long-pole goal of the season with 8:46 left.

Two minutes later, Bock finished a Schwalje feed that made the score 12-9, and then three minutes after that Bock did it himself to make the margin four goals. Parietti closed out the scoring with 2:42 left, as Penn took advantage of a pressing Duke defense and Schwalje found his classmate wide open in front.

Both goalies had tough first quarter, but they settled down after that. Penn goalie Feeney, in particular, was simply spectacular at times Friday night. After allowing five goals and making just three saves in the first quarter, he responded with 12 saves and only four goals the rest of the way. In the second quarter alone, he made six stops while giving up just two goals.

Penn returns to action Tuesday night, hosting local rival Saint Joseph’s at Franklin Field at 7 p.m.

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