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.@PennMensLax handles @SJUHawks_MLAX, 10-5, in opener

Saturday, 18th February 2017

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  

Phillylacrosse.comn, Posted 2/18/17
From Press Release

The University of Pennsylvania raced out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back as the Quakers defeated Saint Joseph’s (0-2) 10-5 on Saturday afternoon at Sweeney Field in its season opener.

With the win, Penn notched its 13th victory in series history over the Hawks and their third-straight season opener dating back to the 2015 season. With the defeat, SJU fell to 0-2 on the year.

Alex Roesner scored three goals for the Quakers, while Reilly Hupfeldt (Haverford School) and Tyler Dunn each scored twice. Overall, the Red and Blue had six different goal scorers on their first six goals and cruised after building up a 5-0 lead into the second quarter and an 8-1 advantage early in the third.

Penn was impressive on the defensive end, allowing just two extra-man opportunities and denying both attempts by the Hawks in what was an overall clean game on both sides. The Red and Blue also won the ground ball battle, 26-15, and was nearly perfect in their clearing game with 16 out of 17 successful attempts. The Quakers also held a slight advantage in shots, 38-35, and shots on goal, 25-20.

Sophomore goalkeeper Reed Junkin registered 15 stops in the victory while Chris Santangelo was 8-of-17 (.471) from the face-off X. LSM Connor Keating (Haverford School) had a goal and six groundballs for the Quakers.

In a game where the Red and Blue controlled from start to finish, the Quakers used a fast start to build a 5-0 lead by midway through the second quarter courtesy of five different goal scorers.

The Hawks notched their first tally of the contest from Jason Kelly (Salesianum School) with 7:47 to play in the second frame to close the deficit to 5-1, but the Red and Blue countered with another offensive run to bridge the second and third stanzas as the Quakers pushed their lead to 8-1 by the start of the third. Dunn and a pair of goals from Roesner fueled the second offensive attack as the Quakers held a firm grasp on the offensive end.

After holding the Hawks scoreless for just over 10 minutes, Saint Joseph’s tallied a pair of goals from Kevin Reidinger at the 11:32 and 3:21 ticks in the third quarter as the Hawks inched closer, but Hupfeldt responded with his second goal of the contest off an EMO attempt to start the fourth frame, 9-3.

The two sides would go on to trade offensive takes in the final 15, while Dunn registered his second score of the contest and the final Penn tally of the match off a feed from James Farrell with 4:36 to play. SJU would manage the final goal, but it was too late for the Hawk comeback as Penn sealed the win, 10-5, at Sweeney Field.

For the Hawks
Goalie TJ Jones had 15 saves and

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