Lafayette vs. Pennsylvania
March 3, 2010
The Game Story:
EASTON, Pa. - The No. 20 Leopards kept things rolling on Wednesday night, capturing a 14-9 win over Ivy League foe Penn.

Lafayette (3-0) is off to its first 3-0 start since 1979, when current assistant coach Bill Lawson was the Leopards' head coach.

Tom Perini stole the show with his seven-goal performance to account for half of the Leopards goals. Stefan Bauer set up the Lafayette offense all night, finishing with a game-high five assists. Lafayette took an eye-popping 54 shots while limiting the Quakers (0-2) to only 33.

Lafayette's defensive play was not to be overlooked, however, as the Leopards forced 16 Penn turnovers and held the Quakers to just one goal in both the first and third quarters. Leopard goalie Vinny DePasquale made 13 saves on the night, his third-straight outing with double digit saves.

Perini netted two of his goals in the first quarter, including the first of the game with 7:11 on the scoreboard. Matt Mersky, who finished with three goals for the Leopards, and Perini closed out the quarter with back-to-back scores.

Penn actually out-scored Lafayette 4-3 in the second quarter, including the final three goals of the period. After leading by as many as four goals, the Leopards suddenly saw their lead cut to just one (6-5) at the midway point of the game.

Whatever head coach Terry Mangan and his staff told the players at halftime worked. Lafayette came out and scored four unanswered goals with three from Perini to take a 10-5 advantage with five minutes still to play in the period.

Tyler Silvey capped off the third quarter scoring with a goal off a Chris Ahern assist to make it 11-6 with just the final 15 minutes to play.

The teams traded goals over those final minutes but that back-and-forth scoring meant Penn was unable to cut the lead to less than six goals and Lafayette held on for the 14-9 win.

The Leopards remain at home on Saturday to host Wagner at 1 p.m.