Pennsylvania vs. Lafayette
March 4, 2011
The Game Story:
PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team got off to a fast start on Friday night against Lafayette, and while the Leopards were able to claw back in and eventually tie the game, in the end a goal by senior Corey Winkoff proved to be the difference as the Quakers eked out a 7-6 victory at Franklin Field.

Winkoff was Penn's leading scorer a year ago, but had been held scoreless through the Red and Blue's first two games. On Friday, he had a goal and two assists -- and 14th-ranked Penn needed all of them.

Drama did not seem to be in order after one period -- Penn outshot Lafayette 13-7 in the opening 15 minutes and held a 5-1 lead. Ryan Hansen opened the scoring, putting Lafayette on the board just 2:06 into the game. However, the Quakers scored the next five to jump out.

John Conneely was the catalyst -- he scored Penn's first and third goals, sandwiching his efforts around an unassisted goal by Al Kohart. Winkoff assisted Conneely's second goal, and he also assisted Kohart's second which made it 4-1. Rob Fitzpatrick netted a goal off a Conneely feed in the final seconds of the quarter. The second quarter featured only one goal, from Lafayette's Will Heffernan, and at the half it was 5-2, Penn.

Conneely netted his third goal of the night early in the third quarter, but after that Lafayette worked its way back. Mike Galione was the leader, as he assisted four straight goals that brought the Leopards even with the Quakers. Doug Prusoff scored Lafayette's third goal, and just more than a minute later Colin Serling made the score 6-4. Four minutes after that, it was Alex Floeck's turn to score, and Penn's lead was just 6-5 entering the fourth quarter.

It took more than eight minutes in the fourth for either net to be dented, but when it happened it was Lafayette's Tyler Silver who did the deed. That tied the score at 6-6.

However, Winkoff scored on an unassisted goal with 3:58 left, and while the action went right down to the final seconds , Penn was able to escape with the victory.

Penn outshot Lafayette, 45-23, and forced Leopard goalkeeper Andrijko Andrusko to make 15 saves. At the other end, freshman Brian Feeney had six stops to gain the victory.

After starting the season with three home games, Penn is finally on the road this week. The Quakers are at North Carolina Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. start.