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May 2, 2014

Losco-Led Penn Tops Cornell in Men's Lacrosse Tournament Semifinal

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Senior Zack Losco scored five goals, four of them in the fourth quarter, to rally third-seeded Penn to a thrilling 11-10 win over second-seeded Cornell in the Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Tournament semifinals Friday night at Harvard Stadium.

Losco, who finished with a career-high six points, scored with 50 seconds left to culminate his personal 4-0 fourth quarter run. He was the only player to score for the Quakers (10-3) over the final 31 minutes of the game.

Cornell (11-4) had scored six straight goals, holding Penn scoreless for more than 17 minutes, to take a 10-7 lead midway through the third quarter.

But Dan Lintner's tally with 6:39 left in the third was Cornell's last tally of the night. And Losco took over, scoring three of his four fourth quarter goals unassisted.

Lintner finished with three goals and an assist and Matt Donovan had a six-point night with three goals and three assists.

Making its third League tournament appearance, Penn earned its first-ever Ivy League Tournament win. The Quakers will face the winner of Harvard and Yale on Sunday at 1 pm. The game will be televised by ESPNU. 

The Quakers converted a pair of extra-man chances in the first quarter to forge a 4-2 lead after one quarter. Pat Berkery scored the two even-up goals for the Quakers, while Losco and Kevin Brown recorded man-up tallies.

Cornell went more than 10 minutes without a goal in the second quarter. Joe Paoletta scored to end the drought, but Penn's Dan Feeney raced down after ensuing faceoff and scored to give Penn a 7-4 lead with 1:37 left before half 

But Cornell scored three goals in a span of 2:47 to tie the game and start a 6-0 explosion for the Big Red. Lintner's behind-the-back goal with just 11 ticks before the intermission got things started. The Big Red scored twice early in the second half on tallies by Connor Buczek and Paoletta. Buczek's tally was the 100th point of his career and the score was knotted at 7-7.

Donovan gave the Big Red their first lead since 1-0 with his tally with 9:18 left in the third and then scored again 63 seconds later to make it 9-7. Lintner went behind his back again and Cornell had a 10-7 lead.

The Quaker drought finally ended at 17 minutes, 40 seconds when Losco scored unassisted with 13:57 left in regulation time. He scored again – his 20th of the season and third of the night – with 11 minutes to play and the Cornell lead was down to 10-9.

But Losco was not done yet. He scored his fourth of the night – again unassisted – to tie the game with 8:11 to play 

The score remained that way until the final minute when Losco did it one more time, scoring with 50 seconds left to give the Quakers the lead.

Cornell won the ensuing faceoff, but turned the ball over with an errant pass out of bounds with 21 seconds left. Penn called a timeout to set strategy and was able to run the clock out from there.

Penn finished with a 35-29 advantage in shots for the game. Cornell had a 13-4 advantage in shots in the third quarter, while Penn had an 11-3 advantage in the fourth.

Brian Feeney had nine saves for Penn, while Christian Knight had seven saves for Cornell. 

The winner of the Ivy League Tournament receives the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The tournament field of 18 will be announced on Sunday night. Cornell will await to see its fate for an at-large bid.