Pennsylvania vs. Yale
April 27, 2003
The Game Story:
Philadelphia - Zandy Reich netted a game-high three goals and Alex Kopicki and Will Phillips each chipped in with a pair as Penn topped Yale, 10-7, in the Red and Blue's season finale at Franklin Field. The Quakers end 2003 with a 6-7 record and finish 2-4 in the Ivy League.

Also scoring goals for Penn were Greg Voigt, who also set up two more goals, John Walsh and Ethan Haire. Phillips, who also extended his team-leading points streak to 18 games, also added an assist, as did James Riordan. Mark Gannon finished with 11 saves.

After trailing 3-1 with 4:21 to play in the opening quarter, the Quakers opened the contest up, netting four-straight goals and seven-of-the-next eight, to take a 9-4 lead with 8:41 to play in the fourth period.

Yale jumped on the board first as Ed Britt scored 2:56 into the contest. Penn quickly answered however, as Haire muscled in his fifth goal of the season 3:04 later. The Bulldogs then opened a two-goal lead with back-to-back scores by Ryan Floyd and Scott Kenworthy, 3:01 apart.

However, that two-goal lead would prove to be short-lived as Kopicki scored both of his two goals over a span of 1:39 to knot the game at 3-3. Voigt set up Kopicki's first goal, while Kopicki's second, which was the Timonium, Md. native's 47th and final career goal, knotted the game with 2:15 to play in the first period.

Reich's goal with 26 seconds remaining in the first gave the Red and Blue their first lead of the contest, a lead they would never relinquish. Phillips made it 5-3 in favor of Penn with 6:30 remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs pulled back within one, 3:55 later, as Marcus Ruopp netted his fifth goal of the year. Reich responded with his second goal of the game 1:10 later to allow the Quakers to jump back out to a two-goal lead, 6-4.

Both teams played through what appeared to be a scoreless third period before Walsh took a pass from Riordan and found the back of the net with 15 seconds remaining in the third period. The goal was Penn's second in the final minute of a period in the game, and gave the Quakers a three-goal lead heading into the fourth, 7-4.

Halfway through the fourth period, Phillips tallied his second goal of the game and what would end up being the eventual game-winner, as Penn took an 8-4 lead into the final 8:41 of the contest. Britt's second goal of the game pulled Yale back within three, 33 seconds later. However, any momentum the Bulldogs received from that score was quickly extinguished as Voigt and Reich scored 26 second apart to put the Red and Blue up, five, 10-5, with 5:05 to play in the game. Seth Goldberg and Kenworthy each scored in the final 1:12, with Kenworthy's goal coming on an extra-man opportunity.

Penn improved to 4-0 in 2003 when scoring 10 or more goals. The Red and Blue also recorded 17 groundballs in the fourth period to finish with a game-high 38. Seven seniors played in their final career games for Penn, as Kopicki, Walsh, Gannon, Bobby Unterstein, Evan Weinberg and Jake Martin all appeared in the contest. Jody Goehring and Jim Tyrell, who did not play against Yale, will also graduate this coming May.

Kopicki finished his career with 47 goals and 21 assists for 68 points. Martin, who was held off the score sheet by the Elis, netted 38 goals and added 18 assists in his Penn career.