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Fourth-Quarter Run Puts Penn Past Men's Lacrosse, 10-9

Dwyer moved to fourth place on Harvard's career assists list in the loss (Elan Kawesch).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Penn scored three goals in the final 8:20 to stun the Harvard men's lacrosse team Saturday afternoon, stealing a 10-9 win at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Penn (5-6, 2-3 Ivy League) pulled to within 8-7 with 10:20 to play but Keegan Michel won the ensuing faceoff for Harvard (6-6, 1-3 Ivy League) and found Deke Burns to regain a two-goal margin just eight seconds later, 9-7. The Quakers scored three straight goals, however, and took a 10-9 lead with 2:32 remaining off the stick of Kevin McGeary.

The Crimson had two chances in the closing moments, but attempts by Ian Ardrey and Joe Lang went wide to give the game to the Quakers.

Devin Dwyer turned in a game-high four points, scoring one goal and dishing out three assists. The four points extended his point-scoring streak to 31 games while his three assists moved him past Norm Forbush '82 for fourth place on Harvard's career assists list.

Burns and Will Walker each found the back of the net twice to go with scores by Sean Coleman, Brian Fischer, Michel and Austin Williams.

Bryan Moore turned in another strong performance in goal, stopping 13 saves and collecting four ground balls in the loss. Dwyer finished with a game-high seven ground balls while Ryan Norton and Matt Ryan caused two turnovers apiece.

Nick Doktor (2g, 2a), Joe McCallion (2g, 2a) and McGeary (3g, 1a) notched four points apiece for Penn. Jimmy Sestilio began the game in goal and made five saves while allowing six goals before giving way at the half to Jon Lopes. The senior allowed just three goals in the second half and made six saves to pick up the victory.

It took a few minutes for the teams to settle in but they finally found their stride midway through the first quarter with Harvard getting on the board first. Michel scored the game's first goal on a blast from mid-range before Walker followed up 22 seconds later on the man advantage.

Penn got on the scoreboard with a man-up goal of its own, but a strike from Fischer off the resulting faceoff made it a 3-1 game. The Quakers tacked on a goal from Pat Berkery before the period was through to close to within 3-2.

Williams won the opening faceoff of the second quarter and took it to the cage himself. Doktor got Penn back to within one goal with his first of the day, 4-3, but Walker and Coleman closed the frame with back-to-back scores for a 6-3 halftime lead.

McCallion potted both of his goals in the third quarter before Dwyer responded for a 7-5 edge. The teams traded two scores apiece to begin the fourth before McGeary began Penn's final push, scoring the first and third goals of the run to steal the victory.

Harvard returns to action Friday, April 17 as it travels to No. 14/18 Princeton. Faceoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. live on ESPNU.

Game Notes: Devin Dwyer registered four points (1g, 3a) to extend his point-scoring streak to 31 games dating back to 2013 … Devin Dwyer's three assists moved him past Norm Forbush '82 for fourth place on Harvard's career assists list (89) … Bryan Moore made 13 saves in goal, marking the seventh straight game he has recorded 10 or more saves and the eighth time he has done it in nine starts … Harvard long sticks have scored 17 points on the year; Matt Ryan (5g, 3a), Walker Kirby (4g), Jack Breit (3g) and Brian Fischer (2g).

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