Pennsylvania vs. Notre Dame
March 2, 2002
The Game Story:
Philadelphia - The Matt Hogan era began with a resounding boom, as the Red and Blue knocked off last season's NCAA final four participant and current top-20 team, #11 Notre Dame, 7-6, at Franklin Field. Sonny Sarker tallied the game-winning goal with 4:30 left in regulation, about 2:30 after the Irish had knotted things up at six apiece.

Penn opens the season at 1-0 for the first time in two years, when the Quakers also bested Notre Dame at Franklin Field to start the 2000 campaign off with a victory.

The Quakers led 5-3 at the half and 6-5 midway through the final period when Notre Dame's Chris Richez tied the score with 7:00 remaining in the contest. The 6-6 deadlock lasted only two and a half minutes as Sarker notched his second goal of the contest off a feed from Joe Roberta with 4:30 remaining in the fourth period.

Sarker led the Red and Blue offense with a pair of goals and an assist, as the fourth-year midfielder opened the game's scoring in the first period to stake Penn to an early 1-0 lead. Scott Solow also added a pair of goals for the Quakers.

Penn led 4-2 early in the second period after Solow scored his second-straight goal of the contest. Sophomore Will Phillips first goal of the season gave Penn a 2-2 tie heading into the second period of play. Senior Peter Scott's first goal of the new campaign gave the Quakers a 5-3 advantage heading into halftime, as the Red and Blue also got a fourth period tally from freshman Zandy Reich in his collegiate debut.

Ryan Kelly turned aside 15 Irish shots in the net to post the victory for Penn. Notre Dame was led by sophomore attackman Dan Berger, who's four-goal effort was not enough to lift the Fighting Irish to victory. Kyle Frigon added a goal and an assist for Notre Dame.