Pennsylvania vs. Villanova
April 22, 2002
The Game Story:
Philadelphia - It was senior night for the Red and Blue, and the seven-member senior class of the Penn lacrosse program celebrated in style, accounting for eight of the Quakers' 11 goals. The Red and Blue closed out the 2002 campaign with their most wins and the program's best finish since 1989, as the Quakers topped Villanova, 11-5, at Franklin Field. Penn finished the season 9-4 overall, and 3-3 in the Ivy League.

Peter Scott exploded for a career-high four goals, three of which he hit for in the first half. Alex Kopicki chipped in with a pair of goals and Will Phillips set up three scores as Penn won four of its final five contests to close out the season, and went 5-2 at Franklin Field for the season.

The game was not as close as the score would seem to indicate as Penn built a 4-1 halftime lead, which grew to 7-2 at the end of the third. The Wildcats did throw a collective scare into the Red and Blue contingent, when Villanova netted two goals in 1:38 to start the fourth period.

Penn responded as Joe Roberta, Scott Solow and Sonny Sarker all scored in their Penn farewells in a span of 3:12 to give the Quakers a commanding 10-4 lead with a little over five minutes remaining in the contest. In addition to the above-mentioned seniors, Mike Iannacone also said goodbye to his teammates with a late fourth-period goal, his 18th of the year, scoring on the man-advantage.

However, the classiest exit of his career came courtesy of Scott, who opened the game's scoring 3:02 into the contest, off a sweet feed from Phillps. The duo was at it again six minutes later, combining to give the Red and Blue a 2-0 lead as Scott deposited in his second marker of the game.

The Wildcats were able to get one back, as Scott's counterpart Marc Creegan scored on a feed from Brain Marks 36 seconds later. However, Scott was not finished, as time ticked away in the opening period, Roberta rushed a pass to Scott in front of the cage, who snuck an underhand shot past Villanova netminder Sean Philbin as time expired.

Alex Kopicki increased the Red and Blue lead to 5-1, as he scored 4:11 into the second period, the lone goal of the period, and again at 4:56 of the third. Villanova managed to get one back, as David Cacciabeve scored on the man-adavantage with Roger Egan off for Penn for slashing.

Bob Graustein re-established the Quakers' four-goal lead as he took as pass from Phillips and struck for fourth goal of the year. Scott added his final tally of his career, his 47th in a Red and Blue uniform, off a Solow pass with 4:29 left in the third, on the man advantage.

Mike Holloway and Marc Lucas netted goals 1:30 apart as the Wildcats tried to rally back from a five-goal deficit. With their lead dwindled down to three with 13 minutes to play, Roberta, Solow, Sarker and Iannacone scored the contest's next four goals to put this one away in the books as Penn equaled its best-win total since finishing 1989 with nine victories.

Villanova's Holloway closed out the game's scoring at 1:45 of the fourth, with a man-advantage goal. Ryan Kelly finished with nine saves in the cage for Penn, recording five of them in the third period, and eight in the second half.

Solow finished his Quakers' career with 60 goals and 27 assists. Iannacone finished with 37 goals and 46 points all-time in a Red and Blue uniform, and Sarker scored 18 goals in his Penn career.