Yale vs. Pennsylvania
March 16, 2002
The Game Story:
New Haven, Conn. - Unfortunately it had to happen sometime, as the Red and Blue dropped their first contest of the season, losing an 11-5 decision to host-Yale at Yale Fields. Alex Kopicki recorded his first-multiple goal game of the season but it was not enough to lift Penn, who fell to 4-1 on the season and 0-1 in the Ivy League.

The Elis jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the game's opening six and half minutes and never surrendered it, as the Quakers did manage to draw within one goal twice. Kopicki's first goal of the contest, and third of the season, put the Red and Blue on the scoreboard with less than two minutes to play in the first period and cut into Yale's lead at 2-1.

Marko Luijic and Patrick Moylan answered Kopicki's goal with scores of their own to open up the second period, and also open up the Buldog's lead to 4-1. Trailing by three goals with 4:17 left to play in the opening half, Kopicki connected on his second goal of the game, and Zandy Reich added his fifth goal of the season off a Scott Solow pass to draw the Quakers back within one, 4-3, heading into the half.

Once again however, the Elis answered the Quakers' late goals with some of their own, building an 8-4 lead six minutes into the third period. Bob Graustein's first goal of the season cut the lead to three with 6:57 to go in the third period.

Luijic notched his second goal of the contest for Yale to give the Bulldogs back their four-goal advanatage just 34 seconds into the final period. Kopicki's third goal of the game, off of Solow's third assist, drew the Red and Blue back within three, at 9-6 two and a half minutes later. Unfortunately Kopicki's fifth goal of the season would be Penn's last goal of the contest. Yale went on to add two more scores to close out the game.

The Red and Bllue will have an opportunity to even out their ivy mark when they begin a two-game homestand at Franklin Field with Harvard on March 23 and Cornell on March 30.