Defense Helps No. 17 Penn Hand Brown Third Straight Loss

Providence, R.I - Penn goalie Brian Feeney made 15 saves, several from point-blank range, to lead the Quakers to a 10-3 Ivy League win over Brown, sending the Bears to their third straight loss. Brown falls to 5-4 overall, 1-2 in the Ivy League, while Penn advances to 6-3 overall, 2-2 in Ivy play.

Issac Bock opened the scoring for the Quakers with 8:55 left in the first quarter, but Brown sophomore Nick Piroli (Black River, NY) got Brown on the scoreboard just 35 seconds later on a pass from sophomore Nick Weeden (Broad Run, VA) to knot the score, 1-1.

The Bears were held scoreless for the remainder of the half as Penn built a 6-1 lead at intermission. Bock's first half hat-trick led the Quakers.

Penn's 10-1 face-off advantage in the opening 30 minutes stifled any Brown comeback attempt.

Bears' freshman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) scored an unassisted goal in the first 31 seconds of the second half and junior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) scored on a pass from senior George Sherman (Greenwich, CT) with 5:46 left in the quarter to get Brown back in the game, trailing 6-3. But Penn's defense stiffened once again, holding the Bears scoreless for the game's final 20:46, while collecting four unanswered goals.

Freshman Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) opened the game in goal for Brown and made four saves in 40:40, while allowing seven goals. Junior Will Round (Mt. Lebanon, PA) played in relief, playing the last 19:20, making two saves and allowing two goals.

Feeney made eight of his saves in the second half as the Bears tried to make a comeback. His brother, Danny, was dominant in the face-off x, winning 14 of 18 face-offs and picking up eight ground balls.

Brown returns to action on Friday, April 12, traveling to New Haven, Conn., to battle Ivy rival Yale. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - 17th-ranked Penn used an outstanding performance in the goal by Brian Feeney to roll by Brown, 10-3, Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field.

With the win, the Quakers improved to 6-3 on the season and 2-2 in Ivy League play. Brown fell to 5-4 overall, 1-2 in Ivy play. The Penn-Brown series has been one of the Ivy League's tightest in recent memory, but on Saturday the Quakers held the Bears to their lowest goal total in this series since 2001 (a 7-3 Penn win) and won by their largest margin over the Bears since a 16-8 win way back in 1983.

Isaac Bock had three goals to lead the Penn offense, while Zack Losco had four points (2g, 2a) and Drew Belinsky also scored twice while assisting another goal.

Penn never trailed in Saturday's game, although the Bears were quick to answer Bock's opening goal with a tally by Nick Piroli just 35 seconds later. However, Bock scored his second with 4:14 left in the first quarter -- like the first, assisted by senior Tim Schwalje -- and the Quakers never looked back. It was 3-1 by the end of the quarter, 6-1 at the halftime break.

Belinsky netted his first with two minutes left in the opening periode. In the second quarter, Losco scored his first three minutes in, then after an eight-minute drought Bock completed his hat trick off another Schwalje feed. The half ended with senior Anthony Santomo scoring his second goal of the season, off a Losco feed, and that sent a roused-up Quaker squad into the locker room up five.

Brown tried to get back quickly in the third quarter,as Henry Blynn scored just 31 seconds into the period. The Bears then cut the lead to three when Sam Hurster finished a feed from George Sherman with 5:46 left in the quarter.

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2013-04-06



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