March 1, 2014

No. 19 Penn Rallys for 12-10 Win over No. 5 Denver (MD1)

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The host and No. 19 Penn Quakers rallied for a huge win on Saturday, taking home a 12-10 victory over visiting No. 5 Denver.

Corey McLaughlin is at post-game now and will be providing a full recap later today, but for now, check out the replay of his in-game blog.

Penn has one of the nation's better defenses, allowing only 7.38 goals per game last season and featuring takeaway threat Maxx Meyer and first-team All-Ivy goalie Brian Feeney. They'll face one of the country's signature offenses in fourth-ranked Denver.

Designed by Pioneers assistant Matt Brown and exectued by a bevy of talented players like Wesley Berg, Jeremy Noble, Hartford-transfer Jack Bobzien and super freshman Zach Miller, Denver can hurt you in a variety of ways.

The Penn offense will likely have to get humming and look for the Quakers to try to create some transition goals with trademark two-way midfielders like Drew Belinksy and Zack Losco.

The goalie game will be a fun one to watch, with Feeney on one end and two starting-caliber goalies on the other. The saying is "If you have two goalies, you have none," but Denver's situation is a little bit different. Both Jamie Faus and Ryan LaPlante are clearly starting caliber goalies and the Pioneers want to play both of them. It's just how and when that are the questions. Faus started the first two games of the year with LaPlante coming in in relief, but since the Pioneers lost to Duke 14-10 in their second game, LaPlante has started the last two games and Faus entered for halftime.

The Quakers lost to a common opponent, Duke, by just three goals, 9-6 in their opener. The top-ranked Blue Devils beat Denver 14-10 and since then the Pioneers have ripped off two wins against Marist and Canisius.

Denver won't make another trek east until March 29, so if you want to see the Pioneers in person and live within driving distance of Philadelphia, go check out Franklin Field at 1 p.m. Saturday.

LM's Corey McLaughlin has in-game coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET, and check back to for post-game reaction.

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