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Men’s lacrosse: Penn stifles Brown, 10-3, in Ivy League

Saturday, 6th April 2013

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Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/6/13
From Press Release

The visiting Penn lacrosse team used an outstanding performance in the goal by Brian Feeney to roll by Brown, 10-3, Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field.

With the win, the 17th-ranked Quakers improved to 6-3 on the season and 2-2 in Ivy League play. Brown fell to 5-4 overall, 1-2 in Ivy play. The Penn-Brown series has been one of the Ivy League’s tightest in recent memory, but on Saturday the Quakers held the Bears to their lowest goal total in this series since 2001 (a 7-3 Penn win) and won by their largest margin over the Bears since a 16-8 win way back in 1983.

Isaac Bock had three goals to lead the Penn offense, while Zack Losco had four points (2g, 2a) and Drew Belinsky also scored twice while assisting another goal.

Penn never trailed in Saturday’s game, although the Bears were quick to answer Bock’s opening goal with a tally by Nick Piroli just 35 seconds later. However, Bock scored his second with 4:14 left in the first quarter — like the first, assisted by senior Tim Schwalje — and the Quakers never looked back. It was 3-1 by the end of the quarter, 6-1 at the halftime break.

Belinsky netted his first with two minutes left in the opening period. In the second quarter, Losco scored his first three minutes in, then after an eight-minute drought Bock completed his hat trick off another Schwalje feed. The half ended with senior Anthony Santomo scoring his second goal of the season, off a Losco feed, and that sent a roused-up Quaker squad into the locker room up five.

Brown tried to get back quickly in the third quarter, as Henry Blynn (Haverford School) scored just 31 seconds into the period. The Bears then cut the lead to three when Sam Hurster finished a feed from George Sherman with 5:46 left in the quarter.

Penn woke up. Mark Leonhard (Lawrenceville School) scored off a Chris Hupfeldt (Haverford School) pass just a minute after Hurster’s man-up goal. No one would score for nearly 17 minutes after that, and when scoring finally came it was all Penn — Nick Doktor (off a Losco feed), Belinsky (from Will Laco) and Losco all netting goals in the game’s final 2:26. The last two were in a man-up situation, as Penn was again successful in the man-up (3 of 4).

As for Feeney, he had five saves without allowing a goal in the second quarter, and had eight of his stops after the break (and after Blynn’s early third-quarter tally). Feeney’s save total was two shy of his career high, set earlier this season at Lehigh.

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