Navy Men’s Lax Drops 11-9 Decision to #10 Penn on the Road
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The 10th-ranked Penn men’s lacrosse team (3-1) scored the final three goals of the game to earn an 11-9 victory over the Mids (2-4) Tuesday afternoon at Ace Adams Field in Philadelphia. The lead changed hands four times over the course of 60 minutes before the Quakers took the lead for good at the 8:41 mark in the fourth quarter.
“It was a competitve Tuesday afternoon game, but the quality of play was not very good,” said sixth-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell. “The game was there for the taking. They made the plays they needed to and we did not.
“I’m proud of the way we competed. There was a lot to be proud of in terms of our effort and attitude, but we need to find a way to win these close ones because we will more likely than not see another game like this down the road.”
Penn opened the game on a two-goal run, scoring just 20 seconds apart before the Mids mounted a run of their own midway through the first quarter. Ryan Wade (So / Coronado, Calif.) put the Mids on the scoreboard at 8:03 when the Quakers were whistled for being offside and Wade quickly picked up the ball and targeted a shot from 30 yards out after recognizing the goalkeeper was out of position. The Mids trimmed the deficit to one when attackman Chris Hill (Jr / Novato, Calif.) used a Colin Flounlacker (Sr / Stevensville, Md.) pass to punch in his lone goal of the game. Just over a minute later, attackman Drew Smiley (So / Shrewsbury, Mass.) drove toward the goal before finding an open Flounlacker as the trail man and Flounlacker promptly gave Navy its first lead at 3-2 with 4:05 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Quakers scored five of the next six goals, including a pair by long pole Connor Keating, and held a comfortable 7-4 lead with 3:06 remaining in the opening half.
Navy again answered by scoring back-to-back goals, including an unassisted strike by Flounlacker with just 12 seconds left in the half to pull within one (7-6) at the break.
The Mids continued where they left off and scored the first two goals of the second half to take an 8-7 lead. Following an over-and-back call on the Quakers, co-captain John Trainor (Sr / Northport, N.Y.) wisely collected the ball and scored a transition goal from 12 yards out. Less than a minute later, Flounlacker used some fancy footwork to get his hands free and drive in a 10-yard shot from the right elbow.
The two teams would exchange goals over the final five minutes of the third quarter, including a goal by second-year attackman Tyler Dunn from 10 yards out with 54 seconds left to level the match at 9-9.
Penn took the lead for good when sophomore attackman Simon Mathias targeted his 10-yard shot from the right side of the box with 8:41 to go. The Quakers scored an insurance goal on an open net with 27 seconds remaining for the 11-9 victory.
Flounlacker amassed a career-high six points, playing a role in six of the Mids’ nine goals. His four goals were a career high, while it marked just his third collegiate hat trick and second this season.
“Colin certainly brought his ‘A’ game today,” said Sowell. “He did a number of good things out there today and is playing with great confidence right now.”
Senior Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.) and Joe Varello (Jr / Kings Park, N.Y.) combined to win 18 of the 23 draws on the day. Dove won 15 of 19 draws to move into 18th on the Mids’ all-time single-season wins list with 78 on the year. Varello, meanwhile, claimed 3 of the 4 faceoffs he took.
Eight different players accounted for Penn’s 11 goals with Mathias (3) and Keating (2) leading the way.
The Mids return to Patriot League play this weekend when they travel to Easton, Pa. to battle Lafayette on Saturday at 1:00 pm. A free live video stream will be available on PatriotLeague.TV while Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller will have the call on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV beginning at 12:45 pm.
### Go Navy ###