Pennsylvania vs. Mount Saint Mary's
March 11, 2003
The Game Story:
Philadelphia - The gauntlet had been thrown down by Penn Head Coach Brian Voelker. And senior co-captain Alex Kopicki answered the call scoring three fourth-period goals, two while the Quakers were a man-up, as the Red and Blue scored three times in the final 6:09 to turn a one-goal deficit into an 11-9 victory over visting-Mount St. Mary's at Franklin Field. The win improved Penn's record to 2-2 overall and 2-0 at Franklin Field.

The Mount, who remained winless in 2003 at 0-4, scored three-straight goals in a span of 1:59 to go from two down to leading, 9-8, with just 8:40 remaining in regulation. During a timeout, Voelker could be overheard asking his team who wanted it more. The answer was obviously Kopicki, who tied things up (9-9) off a perfect pass from Jake Martin with 27 seconds remaining in a man-up advantage.

One minute and three seconds later, it was Martin netting the eventual game-winner, his third of the contest, as Penn took a 10-9 lead with 5:06 to play. Kopicki added the insurance goal with just 16 ticks remaining on the clock in the contest.

Kopicki finished with a career-high four goals and five points, netting a second man-up goal to give the Red and Blue a 7-6 lead 52 seconds into the fourth quarter. The contest marked the second in a row that the senior co-captain netted Penn's first goal of the game. The Timonium, Md. native leads the Red and Blue in scoring with eight goals and nine points.

Penn led 4-1 on goals by Kopicki, James Riordan, Zandy Reich and Will Phillips, who all scored after The Mount had taken a brief 1-0 lead off of Ian Cassidy's first goal of the game, 4:29 into the contest.

Mount St. Mary's received goals by John Warfield and Daniel Hatton to start the second period, but those scores were negated as Martin tallied twice to give the Quakers a 6-3 lead heading into intermission.

The Red and Blue found themselves a bit on their heels in the third period as The Mount scored three unanswered goals to send the game tied into the fourth period (6-6). In addition to Kopicki and Martin's career-high efforts, Luke Dixson dished out a career-high three assists. David Delaney also recorded his first two collegiate points, setting up Riordan's and Phillip's first-period goals.

Phillips extended his points' streak to four as well as picking up his third two-goal game of the season. Mark Gannon made 10 saves in net for the Quakers, while Ethan Haire won 15-of-22 draws and led Penn with a game-high nine groundballs.

The Red and Blue will close out their brief two-game homestand when they host Army at Franklin Field on March 15 at 1 p.m.