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Men’s lacrosse: @PennsMensLax topples St. John’s, 17-10, to open 14th Katie Samson Festival

Saturday, 26th April 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/26/14
From Press Release

The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team put together arguably its best offensive performance of the season on Friday night at Radnor High School, and dominated St. John’s 17-10 at Prevost Field in the opening event for the 14th annual Katie Samson Festival.

Eleven different players scored on a night filled with crisp passing and excellent shooting by the 10th-ranked Quakers *9-3). Nick Doktor was simply magnificent, with three goals and three assists for a career-high six points, while Zack Losco also scored three times.

Doktor needed just 1:09 to get on the board on Friday, Doktor finishing a feed from Losco to get things going. St. John’s made it 1-1 when one of the nation’s leading scorers, Kieran McArdle, netted the first of his five on the night.

Penn scored the next three goals, and never looked back. Kevin Brown got the run started, followed by a Chris Hilburn (Malvern Prep) goal assisted by Jeff Puckette (Radnor) and another unassisted goal, this one by Losco.

Ryan Fitzgerald briefly halted the run with his first goal, but Losco, Isaac Bock and Puckette made it 7-2 midway through the second quarter. By halftime, it was 10-4.

Fitzgerald made it 10-5 early in the third quarter, but Doktor and Losco quickly answered and it was 12-5. McArdle’s third of the night made the score 12-6, but Will Laco finished a nice feed from Doktor in a man-up situation and then Brown completed a great play by Drew Belinsky that pushed the Quakers into a 14-6 advantage.

McArdle and Fitzgerald briefly gave St. John’s life, but Belinsky roped a goal from distance – his second such goal in the game – which made the score 15-8. McArdle had one more goal in him, but Doktor and Chris Hupfeldt (Haverford School) finished off Penn’s scoring before a final Red Storm goal. Hupfeldt added two assists.

Penn dominated all facets of this game; the Quakers won the faceoff battle 23-8, outshot the Red Storm 49-33, and collected 39 grounds balls to 22 by St. John’s. In goal, senior Brian Feeney went the distance for the Quakers and made 11 saves.

For St. John’s (7-7), Mark DiFrangia (La Salle) had five groundballs and four caused turnovers on defense. Connor Mullen (Downingtown West) scored once.

Penn will learn its opponent and site for next Friday’s Ivy League Tournament semifinal tomorrow, as Ivy play wraps up among the other six teams.

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