Pennsylvania vs. Lafayette
March 4, 2003
The Game Story:
Philadelphia, Pa. - Three goals from Alex Kopicki and James Riordan sparked Penn past visiting-Lafayette, 9-4, as Brian Voelker recorded his first Red and Blue head-coaching victory in his Franklin Field debut. The Quakers, who also received a two-goal performance from Will Phillips, improved to 1-1 on the season.

A senior co-captain for Penn, Kopicki was on fire early, scoring twice in the first period, and adding a third goal in the second on a man-up advantage, which the Quakers' converted three-of-four attempts on. Phillips also added a pair of goals, his third and fourth of the season, in the first as the Red and Blue built a 4-1 lead after the game's first 15 minutes.

Kopicki opened the contest's scoring just :40 in as he deposited a pass from Zandy Reich for a 1-0 Quakers' lead. Lafayette answered back right away, knotting the game at 1-1 as Pat Lennon netted the first of two goals 2:06 later. Lennon's goal would be the last time the Leopards, who fell to 0-2 on the season, would be close as the Red and Blue scored the next seven goals to take an 8-1 lead early in the third quarter.

Phillips' third goal of the season, off a Luke Dixson pass, put Penn up 2-1, 4:29 into the first period. Kopicki and Phillips then scored again, 8:34 apart, and pushed the Red and Blue lead to three (4-1), after one.

The second period was all Penn, as Kopicki added his third goal of the game, off another Dixson feed, this time on with the Red and Blue a man-up 3:41 into the second period. Riordan followed scoring the contest's next three goals, book ending his effort with man-up goals. He scored twice to close out the first half, and then kicked off the third period with his team-leading fifth goal of the season, off a Jake Martin pass.

The field may have appeared to be tilted in the first half in the Red and Blue's favor as Penn outshot Lafayette, 26-3, in the opening 15 minutes, and basically dominated every aspect of the game. The Quakers' lone flaw was Lennon's goal.

After Riordan's third goal of the contest, Lafayette did go on to score three of the next four goals, to close within five, but Andrew Forbes' goal with 4:01 to play in the fourth period was too little too late as Penn had captured its first win under Voelker, and more importantly its first win of the season.

Lennon added his second goal of the contest at 5:43 of the third to pull the Leopards back within six at 8-2, but Ethan Haire, who won 11-of-14 faceoffs, scored off a draw just :10 later to give Penn back its seven-goal advantage (9-2). Lafayette's Mike Fiorillo scored with 3:52 remaining in the third, but the Leopards would not break through for another goal for another 15 minutes, while on their fourth-straight man-up advantage.

Mark Gannon started his second-straight game for the Red and Blue, giving up one goal while turning aside three shots for the win. Loren Flaum and Denis Cole also saw action in the nets in relief, with both players recording two saves. Lafayette's Kevin DeVito played the first 53 minutes, recording 16 saves while allowing nine goals.

Penn has now won five-straight games over Lafayette, including three-straight at Franklin Field. The Quakers return to the road as they visit #1 Johns Hopkins (2-0), who defeated Albany, 16-7, on March 8 at 2 p.m.