The Quakers are still hunting for their first Ivy League victory this season.
On Saturday night, the Penn men’s lacrosse team lost their fourth straight Ivy game, 11-10, to Brown at Franklin Field.
The Quakers (1-7, 0-4 Ivy) were particularly fired up after losing a hard-fought game at Yale last weekend. Yale senior Deron Dempster broke a 9-9 tie with just 12 seconds left in the game to put the Bulldogs on top.
But lightning struck again for the Quakers.
With just over three minutes left in the game Saturday and the score tied, 10-10, Brown sophomore Tommy Capone won a crucial faceoff and the Bears (4-6, 1-2) held the ball in preparation for one final shot to win the game.
The ball came to Brown senior Rob Schlesinger with 15 seconds left, and he made a final move towards the net. He came from behind, swung around the left side of the goal and fired a shot past Penn goalie Brian Feeney that found the far post of the net for the game-winning score.
The match was a back-and-forth battle between two teams that have struggled to finish close games this season.
Early in the contest, the Red and Blue looked to be running away with an easy victory after taking 3-1 and 5-2 leads in the first quarter.
But the Bears came roaring back. They shut out Penn in the second quarter and tied the game at five with two goals in the last two minutes of the half.
The Bears’ run continued into the second half, and they led, 9-7, after three quarters.
However, the Red and Blue were not prepared to go down without a fight and Anthony Adler started a Penn run by scoring with 7:26 remaining. His goal was followed up by back-to-back goals from John Conneely.
And just like that, in a two minute period, momentum had completely shifted in Penn’s favor.
Brown’s Parker Brown was able to stop that momentum with a goal off a faceoff win by Capone.
Capone won another key faceoff soon after to set up Schlesinger’s game-winning goal.
The loss eliminated the Red and Blue from contention for the Ivy League postseason.
Before their next Ivy match against Harvard next Saturday, the Quakers will take on Bucknell on Tuesday.
Awin against the Bison may give the Quakers the confidence to end their season on a high note.