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Men’s lacrosse: Penn caps perfect day by topping Bellarmine at Katie Samson Festival

Saturday, 27th April 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/27/13
From Press Release and Staff Report

The Penn men’s lacrosse team defeated Bellarmine, 10-5, Saturday afternoon in a game played at Radnor (Pa.) High School as part of the 13th annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival.

The win came on the heels of two doses of good news for Penn fans earlier in the day, courtesy of Yale and Cornell. First the Bulldogs beat Harvard, 11-10, and then the Big Red downed Princeton, 17-11.

The first of those wins pushed Penn into the four-team Ivy League Tournament; the second moved the Quakers into the third seed. Penn will face No. 2 seed Yale in the first semifinal on Friday night in Ithaca, N.Y., at 5 p.m. Fans will be able to watch the game live on ESPN3. Host Cornell and No. 4 seed Princeton will match up for the second time in less than a week in the second semifinal, at 8 p.m.; the final will be Sunday at 11 a.m. and will be televised live on ESPNU.

Penn (8-4) went up 3-0 after one quarter and never looked back on Saturday evening in the first college game every played in the festival that raises money and awareness for spinal cord injuries. The 18th-ranked Quakers outshot Bellarmine (7-7) by a 43-27 count and forced the nation’s top goalie by save percentage, Dillon Ward, to make 16 stops. Brian Feeney had another solid game in his cage, making nine stops.

Scoring was slow to come, as Isaac Bock finally dented the netting more than 10 minutes into the contest off a Tim Schwalje feed. Drew Belinsky made it 2-0 with 1:06 left in the quarter, and then the Quakers took advantage of an unsportsmanlike penalty called after the Belinsky goal as Ryan Parietti finished a Schwalje feed in the man-up situation.

Bellarmine finally got on the board 1:15 into the second quarter, Will Cary scoring unassisted, before Chris Hupfeldt (Haverford School) made it 4-1. Luke Acton finished a Karsen Leung feed with 10:12 left to bring the Knights back within 4-2, but Penn again scored twice late in the period to take a 6-2 lead to halftime. Zack Losco scored his first of the game, off a Schwalje feed, and then Belinsky finished a Losco feed with just five seconds left before the break.

“Coming back to Radnor is awesome,” said Hupfeldt, of nearby Haverford. “I got to see a lot of people. It’s a great cause and it’s great coming here and supproting the cause and playing lacrosse.”

Hupfeldt said coach Mike Murphy did not tell the Quakers they had advanced to the tourney until after the game. Penn needed several games to go their way to make the tourney.

“He (Murphy) took our phones earlier so we couldn’t check on the (other) games. It’s great; now we play Yale Friday and we are looking forward to it.”

Last year the Quakers went 3-10 and Hupfeldt missed his entire freshman year whole due to injury.

“It’s so nice after not being able to play and us having the season we had last year,” said Hipfeldt. “We want to win the Ivy League, but have to take one game at a time.”

Losco scored again early in the third, a goal that was answered by Bellarmine’s Cameron Gardner. However, Parietti, Losco and Parietti (again) netted the only other goals in the period — giving both of them hat tricks on the day — and the score was 10-3 after three quarters. Parietti’s goals were assisted by Schwalje (his fourth dish of the game) and Belinsky.

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