No. 10 Penn Defeats Towson in Lightning-Delayed Game

TOWSON, Md. After a lengthy lightning delay, No. 10 Penn (8-3) handed Towson lacrosse (8-6) a 15-9 loss on Tuesday evening at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The game was delayed twice for lightning; the second delay lasted for nearly two hours. Freshman Joe Seider led the Tigers with a hat trick. Junior Justin Mabus added four points on two goals and two assists. Nick Doktor posted three goals for Penn, while Isaac Bock and Chris Hilburn each tallied two.

"I thought the first half was hot and cold," noted Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. "Being down two goals, I thought we were in good position but we came out kind of flat. They did a great job ramping up their offense, which they're known to do ... We got caught on our heels. It's hard to swallow. There's no reason for us to do that. "

For the second straight game, Mabus opened the scoring at 14:03 in the first. He closed the quarter with his second of the evening, off an assist from senior Thomas DeNapoli exactly 13 minutes later to put the Tigers up 3-2.

However, Bock's and Doktor's four total goals they book-ended the second quarter, each with a pair of back-to-back goals gave the Quakers a 6-4 lead at the half, just before the first lightning delay. Doktors' two goals at the end of the second quarter kicked off a six-goal Quaker run that extended Penn's lead to 10-4 at 10:58 in the third.

DeNapoli and Mabus teamed up again for DeNapoli's first goal in three games at 10:03 before Mike Powers scored for Penn and the game entered its second lightning delay with 7:18 remaining in the third frame. Both teams had one hour and 53 minutes to wait before resuming play.

The Quakers were quicker off the restart, scoring three of the next five goals to hold a comfortable 14-7 advantage with 9:22 left in the game.

Towson continues to wait for its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament seed. The Tigers' fate depends on the outcome of this weekend's CAA contests.

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TOWSON, Md. - In a game that was delayed nearly two full hours by lightning delays, University of Pennsylvania used dominant performances in the second and third quarters to cruise past Towson Tuesday night at the Tigers' Johnny Unitas Stadium, 15-9.

Penn (8-3) was down after one quarter, 3-2, but outscored the Tigers 4-1 in the second and 6-3 in the third to roll to its fifth straight victory.

Towson (8-6) got on the board first on Tuesday night, Justin Mabus scoring unassisted just 57 seconds into the contest. Joe McCallion opened the scoring for Penn, off a Kevin Brown feed, before Peter Athens scored for the Tigers. Brown scored unassisted to again tie the game, but Mabus scored off a Thomas DeNapoli feed to make it 3-2 after one quarter.

Isaac Bock had the first two goals of the second quarter, the first one seven seconds into the period and the second at the 5:06 mark. Towson tied the game at 4-4 on a Ryan Drenner goal (Mabus assisting), but Nick Doktor scored the final goals of the half to give the Quakers a lead they would not relinquish. Brown assisted the first of Doktor's goals, while Drew Belinsky assisted the second.

Penn blew it open quickly in the third. Belinsky, Zack Losco and Chris Hilburn all scored before the half was two minutes old, and then Andrew Staller scored just four minutes into the period to make the score 10-4. DeNapoli ended the Quakers' run with a goal off a Mabus feed, but Mike Power matched him (Brown assisting). Max Siskind's goal for Towson was matched just six seconds later when Danny Feeney won the face-off and took it all the way to the goal for the score.

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