Pennsylvania vs. Towson
April 26, 2009
The Game Story:
PHILADELPHIA - To a man, the members of the Penn men's lacrosse team would probably acknowledge that this season has not met their expectations. For 10 seniors, that is a particularly bitter pill to swallow.

On Sunday, playing their final home game, they certainly gave themselves a great memory.

Down, 6-4, with just seconds left in the third quarter, the Quakers scored with just one second left before the end of the stanza; then they went on a five-goal rampage in the fourth quarter that Towson had no answer for, and when the final horn sounded it was celebration time.

In his final home game, senior Craig Andrzejewski scored all three of his goals in the fourth quarter, the first coming just 42 seconds in to tie the game at 6-6 and the last two closing out the deal. Sophomore Morgan Griff also notched three goals, including the critical fifth Penn marker with that second left on the clock.

Towson (6-9) got on the board first when Justin Schneider finished a Matt Lamon feed with a sweet backhanded effort that bested Penn goalie Greg Murray. Griff evened things seven minutes later, but just a minute after that Tim Stratton scored on a Randall Cooper feed and it was 2-1 Towson after one.

The teams needed nearly nine minutes to score in the second quarter, when Griff potted his second unassisted effort of the day. However, Towson scored twice in the final three minutes of the half -- Schneider and Elliott Domanic did the honors -- and it was 4-2 at the break.

It took time, but Penn (4-8) eventually drew level. On a man-up situation, John Conneely scored the Quakers' third goal with a quick stick off a Corey Winkoff feed with 11:16 left, and then nearly three minutes later Casey O'Rourke went unassisted for his only goal of the day.

Towson needed little time to go back ahead, as Peter Mezzanotte finished a Stratton feed with 7:18 to go, and then with 4:48 left Schneider scored his third of the day off a Bill McCutcheon feed.

Penn's fifth goal came off a play from behind. With just four seconds on the clock, Griff took a quick pass from behind, deked a defender, then turned and fired into the far upper corner.

In the fourth, Andrzejewski got things started with a quick stick effort from Winkoff. It took nearly six minutes after that for Penn to finally grab the lead, when Rob McMullen finished a feed from Drew Collins with 8:29 on the clock. With 6:55 left, Collins doubled the Quaker lead when he fired a shot that pinged the near post before settling into the netting on the far side for an 8-6 advantage. From there, it took just 16 seconds for Andrzejewski to score his second, again the feed coming from Winkoff (his third assist of the day).

After that, Penn was able to take the air out of the ball on offense, and Andrzejewski sealed things with just 1:57 left and Towson chasing on defense.

Penn outshot Towson on the day, 31-30, and won 10 of the game's 19 faceoffs. Murray got the start in goal and made four saves. Early in the third quarter, though, he was forced to come out with dehydration, and Joe Hegener stepped in and made four stops in the final 26 minutes to gain the victory.

Penn concludes the 2009 season next Saturday at Army, faceoff is scheduled for noon.