Three Philly Division I teams went to the NCAA Lacrosse Tournaments playing on the road against seeded teams. Each of the squads were defeated ending the season. The Penn Women were eliminated by Duke, the Penn Men lost to Notre Dame, and the Villanova Men went west of the Mississippi falling to Denver.
Duke 12 Penn 9
Penn scored a 13 – 10 win over Duke in their regular season finale in a game played at Drexel. In Durham Duke got their revenge posting a 12 – 9 win. Duke took a 7 – 4 lead at halftime as the Blue Devils out-shot Penn 18 – 7. Duke had better offense as they won 9 Draw Controls to 3 for the Quakers. Penn Goal Keeper Emily Leitner made 8 saves in the half. In the second half Duke scored 3 of the first 4 goals to take a 10 – 5 lead.
Penn could not take advantage of 7 Free Position Shots as the Red and Blue converted only 2.
Penn Attack Meredith Cain led the Quakers with 4 goals and an assist. Cain was credited with 8 shots, 7 of which were on goal. Midfielder Erin Brennan scored twice and had 2 assists.
Duke was led by Kat Thomas with 4 goals and won 3 Draw Controls. Sarah Bullard scored 3 goals. Christie Kaestner was credited with 3 assists. Emma Hamm had a goal and 2 assists, and won 5 Draw Controls.
Penn finishes with an 11 – 6 record.
Notre Dame 13 Penn 6
Penn would score only 1 goal in the second half, none in the 3rd quarter, as the Quakers fall 13 – 6. It was difficult for Penn to get any sustained offense as it rained, and Notre Dame won 7 of 8 second half faceoffs. Penn did not win a 4th quarter faceoff.
Notre Dame out-shot Penn 41 – 24. In the first half Notre Dame had a 21 – 10 edge, but Penn Goal Keeper Brian Feeney made 10 saves.
The Irish were led in scoring by Colin Igoe with 3 goals and an assist. Zach Brenneman had 2 goals and an assist. Westy Hopkins, Nicholas Beattie, and Pat Cotter had 2 goals each. Jake Marmul won 16 of 20 Faceoffs.
Dan Savage, Al Kohart, Rob Fitzpatrick, WIll Amling, John Conneely, and Morgan Griff each scored a goal for Penn.
Denver 13 Villanova 10
Villanova held an 8 – 5 lead early in the 3rd quarter, but Denver scored 5 of the next 6 goals to take a 10 – 9 lead. The teams were tied at 10 entering the 4th quarter. The Pioneers scored the only 3 goals of the final quarter and earned a 13 – 10 win. Denver out-shot Villanova 30 – 17 in the second half.
Will Casertano and Jack Rice scored 2 goals apiece, and Kevin Cunningham contributed 3 assists. Cunningham attempted 9 shots.
Jeremy Noble scored 4 goals and had an assist for Denver. Mark Matthews added 3 goals, while Alex Demopolous scored 2 goals and an assist leading Denver in advancing.
Villanova completes their season with an 11 – 5 record.
Written By: Glenn Papazian
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