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Penn routs Princeton in Ivy League opener; St. Joe’s wins

Saturday, 16th March 2019

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/16/19
From Press Release

Now that is how you start an Ivy League season.

The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team (3-3, 1-0 Ivy) dominated the second half against Princeton (2-4, 0-1 Ivy) to the tune of a 13-5 edge in the final two quarters as the Quakers thrilled a raucous Alumni Day crowd at Franklin Field.

The Quakers found themselves down, 7-6, just 1:24 into the third quarter but rattled off the game’s next six goals to take a 12-7 lead. Eventually, the run became 12-1 as the Quakers put the hammer down on their rivals.

Notes To Know …
The 19 goals scored were the most by a Penn team since putting up 20 at Princeton in a 20-10 win in 2016. The last time Penn scored 19 at Franklin Field was in 2006 when the Quakers defeated Siena, 19-3.

Eight different players scored at least one goal for the Quakers and seven had two or more.
Adam Goldner (Malvern Prep) led the Quakers with five goals – the second game in a row he tied his career high.

Sophomore Sean Lulley had two goals and three assists for the second game in a row to tie his career high in points in a game.

Mitch Bartolo recorded his first career hat trick.

Tyler Dunn picked up a career-high six ground balls.

After recording 20 saves last year at Princeton, Reed Junkin made 18 stops this year against the Tigers.

Freshman LSM BJ Farrare recorded his first multi-goal game, finishing with two goals and an assist.

Kyle Gallagher was 20-for-30 on faceoffs, finishing with a season-high 16 ground balls. He added two assists off won faceoffs.

For Princeton …

Michael Sowers (Upper Dublin) had a goal and two assists and defenseman George Baughan (Springfield-Montco) had two groundballs and three caused turnovers. Robertson scored twice.

How It Happened …

Despite the 19 goals scored, the Red and Blue needed time to warm up on offense. The Quakers did not score until the game was 9:32 old, finally finding the back of the net thanks to a Simon Mathias tally. The good news for Penn was that Princeton had managed just one goal of its own over that span – a Phillip Robertson (Duke’s LC) goal 3:15 in. Penn held a 10-5 shot advantage, but had trouble solving Princeton’s keeper.

Finally, Mathias cashed in on the man-up, followed 0:33 later by Sam Handley who also scored on the same EMO. Goldner would then connect on his first of the day with 3:00 remaining in the opening period.

Robertson’s second of the game for Princeton cut into Penn’s lead with 1:56 remaining in the first quarter, but Penn would answer with a buzzer beater off the stick of Mitch Bartolo who took a Handley dish and scored just before time ran out in the opening frame. The sequence was set up by a Junkin save followed by a Tyler Dunn ground ball and clear.

Farrare opened the second quarter with a long-pole goal off the clear 2:02 in. The Tigers would answer with five of the game’s next six goals to take a 7-6 lead 1:24 into the third quarter.

From there, it was all Quakers.

After Jake Stevens scored for Princeton, the Quakers rattled off six in a row over a span of 7:04 to take a 12-7 lead. Sean Lulley had a quick response, needing just 0:08 to finish a Gallagher pass and tie the game, 7-7. He was the first of six different goal scorers in that 6-0 run.

A Connor McCarthy goal for Princeton with 2:06 left in the third quarter made the score 12-8 in favor of the Quakers. There would be no comeback, though, as Penn potted the next six in a span of 6:52 in the fourth quarter to pull away. Again, there was a balanced attack as five different players had a goal in that run for the Red and Blue, including Mathias, Goldner (two goals), Bartolo, Lulley and Joe Licciardi.

Penn put a bow on the win with a pretty finish with 1:11 remaining. As time ran down in the shot clock, Simon Mathias was falling to the ground. He went behind his back to Alex Roesner who then went underhand on his backhand to beat the Princeton keeper in highlight fashion.

Up next for Penn is a trip to Ithaca to take on No. 4 Cornell at 1 p.m.

St. Joe’s 15, NJIT 11

Sophomore face-off specialist Billy Jardeleza won 71 percent of his battles from the X and sophomore midfielder Evan Campbell broke through with four goals to lead the Hawks to a win over NJIT on Sweeney Field. With the victory, the Hawks close the non-conference schedule at .500 (4-4) while the Highlanders fall to 1-7.

“It’s great,” said head coach Taylor Wray on finishing the non-conference schedule with a win. “Would we like to be better than 4-4? Absolutely. But we are where we are, and I’m happy to be .500 heading into the conference season.”

Jardeleza got the nod at the X and made the most of his opportunity, going 20-of-28 with a game-high 14 ground balls to dominate the possession game for the Crimson and Gray.

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