No. 14 Penn Escapes with One-Goal Win over Saint Joseph's

PHILADELPHIA Penn was slowed down considerably on Tuesday night. Just four days after scoring 14 goals against then-No. 14 Duke, the Quakers were held to just six goals by unranked Saint Joseph's. Fortunately, six goals were enough.

Will Laco scored with 3:33 left in regulation. While the game came down to the final seconds, that proved to be the winner, and the Quakers escaped the Hawks in the latest installment of this local rivalry, 6-5, at Franklin Field.

Penn (2-0) got off to a slow start Tuesday night, but outshot SJU 26-7 in the second half. Even so, the Quakers only scored twice in the final 30 minutes but that was one more than Saint Joseph's scored in that span.

Both teams scored twice in both the first and second quarters. Matthew Franchak opened the scoring just 1:27 into the game for Saint Joseph's, but Zack Losco leveled the game just 1:11 later. Less than three minutes after that, Ryan Parietti finished a Joe McCallion pass that put Penn up, 2-1. Saint Joseph's tied the game at 2-2 on Pat Swanick's first goal of the night with 4:42 left.

In the second quarter, SJU (2-2) opened up a two-goal lead in the first half of the stanza off goals by Swanick and Johnny Simanski. Penn fought back to tie it before halftime, though, as Tim Schwalje scored with 1:09 left before halftime and then Chris Hupfeldt leveled the game with just five seconds left.

Penn outshot Saint Joseph's, 15-1, in the third quarter, but the only goal came just 1:29 into the quarter when Drew Belinsky bulled his way through a defender and then fired home a shot from distance.

Saint Joseph's tied the game at 5-5 with 12:09 to play, and then the two teams took turns trying to regain the lead. SJU looked like it might have gained the advantage, but the goal was waved off due to a crease violation.

Laco put Penn on top shortly after that, he reared back and fired from about 15 yards out in front and the shot beat SJU goalie Dustin Keen over his right shoulder. The Quakers scored another goal, Parietti finishing a nice feed, but he was called for being in the crease.

With just 26 seconds left, Schwalje came out of a timeout and tried to score into an open goal but his shot hit the post. SJU got the ground ball and was able to get on offense, but the Hawks' final shot was wide and time ran out before they could get a second shot off.

Brian Feeney had another solid performance in the Penn goal on Tuesday night, making eight saves (including six in the second quarter). Dustin Keen also had eight stops, in the Saint Joseph's cage.

Penn returns to action this weekend, traveling to Denver to take on the 10th-ranked University of Denver. Face-off between the Quakers and Pioneers is set for 2:00 p.m. (4:00 ET).

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PHILADELPHIA - Leading 4-2 late in the second period, the Hawks fell to a 4-1 run as the men's lacrosse team dropped a 6-5 heartbreaker to #14 Penn on Tuesday evening at Franklin Field. With the loss, the Hawks even their record to 2-2 on the season.

Trailing 5-4 early in the fourth period, junior midfielder Johnny Simanski (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) netted his second goal of the game at the 12:09 mark to equalize the score at five apiece.

Both sides would play tremendous defense over the next eight minutes, but Penn's Will Laco found the back of the net with 3:33 remaining in regulation to cap the victory for the Quakers.

Saint Joseph's struck first as sophomore attack Matthew Franchak (Severna Park, Md./Archbishop Spalding) scored the first goal of the game just 1:27 into the first period.

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