Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/6/14
From Press Release
The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team had the upper hand most of the way during Saturday’s game against Brown at Franklin Field, but the Quakers needed a late run to ultimately overcome the Bears, 10-8.
Penn scored five straight goals in the first half to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 6-3 lead. The Quakers never trailed again after that, but the Bears used three straight goals to draw level at 7-7 early in the fourth quarter. However, Penn answered with its own three-goal run, two of them in man-up situations, and that put this one to rest.
The first quarter was a wild affair, as the teams combined for eight goals in the opening 15 minutes. Isaac Bock got Penn on the board first, finishing a feed from Nick Doktor. Brown answered two minutes later with Kylor Bellistri’s first goal of the day, and then he scored a second just two minutes after that to make it 2-1 Bears. Tyler Landis made it 3-1 less than a minute later.
Penn roared back with four goals in a 3:19 span late in the period. Long-stick middie Alex Blonsky got the run started, and then Kevin Brown tied the game with an unassisted goal. Blonsky added his second just 10 seconds later off a Chris Hupfeldt (Haverford School) feed to put the Quakers up, 4-3. Pat Berkery closed the quarter’s scoring with his first of the day, again from Hupfeldt.
Penn made it 6-3 early in the second quarter, Doktor scoring unassisted. The only other goal in the period came from Brown’s Stephen Chmil, and it was 6-4 Penn at the break.
A solid defensive play by Matt McMahon to start the third quarter led to a fast-break opportunity at the other end, and once again Blonsky was involved. This time he got the ball behind the Brown goal, fed Zack Losco out front, and Losco in turn fed Danny Feeney who put it away easily.
It took some time – more than a full quarter of action, actually – but Brown scored three times and tied it. Brendan Caputo started the run innocently enough with 10:57 to play in the third, and then neither team scored for more than a quarter of action before Sam Hurster finished a Chmil feed to make it 7-6. A Penn player hit Hurster after the goal for a penalty, and in the ensuing man-up situation Hurster tied the score off a Bailey Tills feed.
The tie lasted less than a minute. The ensuing faceoff could not be controlled by anyone, and when it finally landed in a Penn player’s stick (for about a second, before he lost it) a Brown player was penalized for pushing. The Quakers went man-up, and Berkery netted his second of the day off a Kevin Brown feed.
Nearly five minutes went by before Doktor finished a Losco feed with 4:59 to play, again in a man-up situation. Losco closed out Penn’s scoring shortly after that, taking the ball out of a timeout, motoring past his man near the left sideline, and driving up the middle to beat Brown goalie Jack Kelly.
Princeton 15, Rutgers 11
Tom Schreiber tied his career high with seven points on four goals and three assists and Ryan Ambler (Abington) had five goals to lead Princeton to a much-needed win over Rutgers in front of 1,726 at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium Saturday night.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Tigers, who have another non-league game Tuesday night at home against Lehigh before three straight Saturdays of huge Ivy League games.
With his big performance against the Scarlet Knights, Schreiber had reached two huge milestones. First, his four goals gave him 101 for his career, making him the ninth Princeton player and second midfielder to reach 100. With 101, he is two behind Josh Sims’ record for a Princeton midfielder.
The 100th goal also came after two of his assists, and it made him just the fifth player in Ivy League history – and first midfielder – to have at least 100 career goals and 90 career assists. The other four were all attackmen: Cornell’s Rob Pannell and Mike French and Brown’s Darren Lowe and Tom Gagnon.
Also, goalie Eric Sanschagrin had a career-high 14 saves.
Rutgers led 6-3 on Steve DiGiovanni’s goal with 8:52 left in the first half. By intermission it was 8-6 Tigers. Ambler scored three of his five goals during that run, and Schreiber had all three of his assists, including one to Mike MacDonald with seven seconds left in the second quarter.
WHAT THE BOX SCORE DOESN’T TELL YOU – The winner of the Princeton-Rutgers game gets the Tots Meistrell Cup, named for Harland (Tots) Meistrell, who restarted lacrosse at both schools in the early 1920s after it had been
dropped in the 1880s at both. Princeton has now won the Cup 26 times in the last 27 years.
UP NEXT – Princeton hosts Lehigh Tuesday night at 7:30. The game can be seen on ESPNU and WatchESPN.