Pennsylvania vs. Lehigh
April 10, 2002
The Game Story:
Philadelphia - Scott Marimow's first career goal and Greg Voigt's first goal in five games polished off a four-goal third period which Penn dominated from start to finish, lifting the Red and Blue to a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Lehigh at Franklin Field. The win ensures the Quakers the program's first winning season since 1989, as they improved to 7-3 overall.

Trailing 5-3 heading into the game's final 15 minutes of play, Penn wasted no time in making up ground on the two-goal deficit as Alex Kopicki set up Peter Scott, who netted his seventh goal of the season just 15 seconds into the fourth period to draw the Red and Blue within one at 5-4.

Penn was then given a golden opportunity to knot things up when Lehigh's Jeff Doran was whistled off for one minute for slashing with 2:02 elapsed in the period. However, after scoring earlier on the man advantage, the Quakers could not muster enough offense to tie the score, as Lehigh came back down field and Andrew Lucas scored his fourth goal of the game 11 seconds after the penalty expired to regain the Mountain Hawks two-goal lead at 6-4.

The Quakers continued to come at Lehigh, who saw its season-long three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 5-6 overall, as Scott notched his second goal of the period to again draw Penn back within one at 6-5, with 11:35 remaining in the contest. The goal came just 12 seconds after Lucas' score and regained the Red and Blue's momentum.

Two minutes and ten seconds later pure bedlam exploded on the field when Marimow stripped Lehigh's Mike Rabinovitz of the ball at the side of the Penn cage and went down the length of the field, ripping a shot past the Mountain Hawks' Tom Ellis, to tie the game at six apiece. For the four-year senior defenseman, it was just his first career goal and second career point.

The Red and Blue completely controlled the play during the entire fourth period, peppering the Lehigh net with 14 saves and winning all six faceoffs. Kopicki almost gave Penn its first lead of the contest about two minutes after Marimow's goal as he knocked one off the post that heard the collective dropping of the Quakers' fan's hearts in the stands.

There was no worrying on the field however as two minutes and three seconds after Kopicki's post shot, Greg Voight made no mistake, connecting on his fifth goal of the season, as he was set up perfectly right in front of the Lehigh net by Scott Solow. Solow, Penn's leading scorer, had been held pointless until that point, but made the pass that mattered most.

After Voigt's goal, the Quakers must have experienced their longest 5:35 of the season, which became even longer when Kopicki was called for pushing with 4:09 to go in the game. Penn's defense came up big again however, as Lehigh was allowed only one shot during the 30-second advantage. Lucas, gunning for his fifth goal of the game, was denied by Ryan Kelly, who recorded 10 saves in the contest. Rabinovitz came up with one more shot late, which was easily handled by Kelly.

During one Lehigh possesion in the Red and Blue end, Will Phillips dogged Lehigh's David Cohen and forced him into a turnover. Cohen had already set up two Lucas goals from behind the net earlier in the contest.

Lehigh built a quick three-goal lead in a five-minute span of the first period as Lucas scored his first of the game and Tony Lowe added two. One of Lowe's goals came on the man-advantage as the Mountain Hawks led 3-0 with 6:31 to play in the opening period.

Penn responded as Sonny Sarker struck for his sixth goal of the season, to draw Penn within two less than a minute later. Mike Iannacone's 13th goal of the season on the man-advantage 4:04 into the second period drew the Quakers within one at 3-2. However, Lehigh got two back as Lucas netted two goals and the Mountain Hawks looked as if they were on cruise control heading into the second half with a three-goal lead.

Iannacone had other plans however as he scored his second goal of the contest with just 40 seconds remaining drawing Penn within two at the half, at 5-3. The third period ended up being a scoreless affair, as both teams stepped up defensively. The Quakers only allowed Lehigh four shots on net in the third, and seven in the second half, after the Mountain Hawks had taken 17 in the first two periods.

Iannacone and Scott both scored two goals to lead Penn. The Red and Blue will close out the 2002 Ivy season with Brown at Franklin Field on April 14, before hosting Syracuse and Villanova on April 29 and 22, respectively.