Providence, R.I. – Penn needed a win to stay in the mix for the Ivy League Lacrosse Playoffs and came away with a 14-11 win over #10 Brown Saturday afternoon at windy Stevenson Field. The win lifted the Quakers to 4-6 overall, 1-3 in the Ivy League, while Brown had its first Ivy loss of the season, falling to 8-2 overall, 2-1 in Ivy play.
Sophomore attackman Dylan Molloy’s (Setauket, NY) third goal of the game tied the score 10-10, with 9:07 remaining in the third quarter.
Penn held the high scoring Bears scoreless for the next 22 minutes, taking the lead for good, 11-10, on a goal by Brian Coleman with 5:12 left in the quarter, and capped a 4-0 run on Pat Berkery’s goal with 3:36 left in the game to give Penn a 14-10 advantage.
Molloy, the nation’s leading scorer, led all scorers with three goals and two assists. Bears’ junior attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) netted three goals, while junior attackman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) added two goals.
Brown junior goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) made 15 saves, while Quakers goalie Jimmy Sestillo had 17 saves, including six in the fourth quarter.
The Quakers were paced by four players with two goals each – Nick Doktor, Reilly Hupfeldt, Kevin McGeary and Berkery.
The Bears out-shot the Quakers by a 51-47 margin, but lost the battle of the face-off x by a narrow 15-14 margin. Brown also turned the ball over 18 times to the Quakers’ 13 turnovers.
Brown looked like it would have an easy time in the early going, opening up a 4-1 lead on goals by Molloy, junior Matt Graham (Amityville, NY), Blynn and Bellistri. The Quakers fought back with three consecutive goals to tie the game, 4-4, on a man-up tally by Hupfeldt.
The Bears went up by two goals, 8-6, on a goal by Blynn, but Penn answered with 32 seconds left in the opening half on a goal by McGeary to trail, 9-8, at intermission.
Brown’s Ivy League schedule continues next Saturday, April 11 when the Bears travel to New Haven, Conn., to face #11Yale in battle of Ivy League heavyweights, starting at 1pm at Reese Stadium.