By Eric Brod
The men’s lacrosse team split a pair of tough games against two ranked Philadelphia opponents this week, falling to No. 14 Penn 8-6 on Tuesday after defeating No. 20 Villanova 10-8 on Saturday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Bison’s record now stands at 2-1.
On Tuesday against Penn, the team got off to a quick start, scoring twice in the first 1:58 to stun the Quakers for an early 2-0 lead. The Bison were able to maintain their two-goal lead and headed into the locker room at halftime with a 4-2 advantage. But the Quakers used a six-goal second half to overtake the Bison.
Ryan Klipstein ’11 led the offensive attack with a hat trick. Nick Gantsoudes ’12, Mike Danylyshyn ’11 and Chase Bailey ’13 also contributed goals. Overall, the Bison were outshot 28-19.
Last Saturday, the Orange and Blue took control early and were able to hold on. The Bison were able to jump out to a 6-3 halftime lead and maintained their three-goal lead at 8-5 going into the third quarter. The Wildcats rallied before the Orange and Blue were able to lock up their second victory of the season.
The offense was once again led by Klipstein, who registered four goals in the contest to pace the offensive attack. Billy Eisenreich ’12 tallied two goals, while Todd Heritage ’14 had a goal and two assists.
The Bison were outshot 35-23, but goalie Kyle Feeney ’13 was solid in goal once again, making 13 saves in the contest. On defense, Alex Lyons ’11 forced three turnovers.
The Bison return to action on Monday when they open Patriot League play against rival Navy at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium