Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/23/17
From Press Release
The University of Pennsylvania (6-5, 3-3) gave its seniors a game to remember with a solid 9-4 victory over visiting Dartmouth (2-10, 0-5) on Saturday afternoon in a game also part of the USILA Cancer Awareness Month for the HEADstrong Foundation.
The rainy conditions didn’t stop the Quakers from controlling the game from start to finish as Penn improved to 6-5 overall and 3-3 in Ivy League play. With the win, Penn puts themselves in prime contention for a berth into the Ivy League Tournament set for May 5 and 7.
Players wore HEADstrong laces to honor the month-long drive to bring awareness to the Foundation and its fight against blood cancer.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
*FOGO Chris Santangelo was nearly perfect from the faceoff spot, winning 13-of-15 (.867) draws.
*Simon Mathias continued his career consecutive point streak with a team-high four goals and one assist.
*Penn won the ground-ball battle, 23-18, and outshot their opponents by a 36-28 margin.
*Reed Junkin led the Quaker defense and provided 14 saves on the afternoon.
*Dartmouth was led on offense by Richie Loftus (2g).
HOW IT HAPPENED
A methodical first half saw both teams settle into their 6-on-6 sets, with the Quakers controlling action with plenty of offensive possession. Alex Roesner was the one to get things started for the hosts when he buried a Simon Mathias feed for the 1-0 lead at the 13:52 mark in the early goings, but the score would be the lone tally of the first quarter.
Penn added to the scoreline in the second frame at the 12:09 and 10:46 ticks when Mathias notched his 18th and 19th goals of the season in back-to-back fashion as the Red and Blue held a 3-0 advantage.
It would take 27:38 for Dartmouth to get on the board as Penn’s backline played tenacious defense throughout the half. Richie Loftus, coming into the game as the Big Green’s leading scorer, got on the board with 2:24 left to play and Jack Richardson added one more score to close the half as Penn held a 3-2 advantage heading into intermission.
Despite the close margin, Penn remained in control throughout the contest. Mathias notched a hat trick just over nine minutes into the third frame off a Kevin McGeary assist, while Joe Licciardi struck less than a minute later as the Quakers pulled ahead 5-2. Dartmouth’s Cormac Dugan closed out the quarter off a 30-second warning to make it 5-3 in favor of the hosts entering the final 15 minutes of action.
The Red and Blue scored four of the last five goals in the contest to cruise toward victory. Mathias captured his fourth goal of the game from a Roesner assist to open the fourth frame, but the Big Green answered to make it 6-4 with 10:50 to play. The Quakers went on to register the final three tallies of the match, bookended by Tyler Dunn and one more from McGeary as Penn solidified the 9-4 win.
With the Ivy League regular season wrapped up, the Quakers return to action for their final non-conference game on the year when they travel to Durham, N.C. Penn will take on the 5th-place ACC team at Noon on Saturday, April 29.