April 25, 2014

Penn's Offense Explodes, Buries St. John's

from press release

RADNOR, Pa. - The University of Pennsylvania men's lacrosse team puttogether arguably its best offensive performance of the season on Fridaynight at Radnor High School, and dominated St. John's 17-10 at PrevostField.

Eleven different players scored on a night filled with crisp passing andexcellent shooting by the Quakers. Nick Doktor was simply magnificent, with three goals and three assists for a career-high six points, while Zack Losco also scored three times.

Doktor needed just 1:09 to get on the board on Friday, Doktor finishing afeed from Losco to get things going. St. John's made it 1-1 when one ofthe nation's leading scorers, Kieran McArdle, netted the first of his five on the night. Penn scored the next three goals, and never looked back. Kevin Brown gotthe run started, followed by a Chris Hilburn goal assisted by Jeff Puckette and another unassisted goal, this one by Losco.

Ryan Fitzgerald briefly halted the run with his first goal, but Losco,Isaac Bock and Puckette made it 7-2 midway through the second quarter. Byhalftime, it was 10-4.

Fitzgerald made it 10-5 early in the third quarter, but Doktor and Loscoquickly answered and it was 12-5. McArdle's third of the night made thescore 12-6, but Will Laco finished a nice feed from Doktor in a man-upsituation and then Brown completed a great play by Drew Belinsky that pushed the Quakers into a 14-6 advantage.

McArdle and Fitzgerald briefly gave St. John's life, but Belinsky roped agoal from distance - his second such goal in the game - which made thescore 15-8. McArdle had one more goal in him, but Doktor and Chris Hupfeldt finished off Penn's scoring before a final Red Storm goal.

Penn dominated all facets of this game; the Quakers won the faceoff battle23-8, outshot the Red Storm 49-33, and collected 39 grounds balls to 22 by St. John's. In goal, senior Brian Feeney went the distance for the Quakersand made 11 saves.

Penn will learn its opponent and site for next Friday's Ivy League Tournament semifinal tomorrow, as Ivy play wraps up among the other sixteams.

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