Penn Beats Yale to Claim Ivy League Title

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Photo Courtesy of Penn Athletics                                                                                                                      

It almost felt Magical as the Penn Quakers defeated the Yale Bulldogs for the second time this season, and claimed the Ivy League title. The Quakers controlled almost every aspect of the game, including the faceoff dot with Kyle Gallagher going 15-26 against Yale’s TD Ierlan. 

Penn was led by Sean Lulley who tallied 5 points (3G,2A) in the win. Adam Goldner 3 goals for the Quakers as well. In cage, Reid Junkin 16 saves as he stepped up big time in this win. 

Yale was led by Matt Gaudet who finished with two goals on the day. Jackson Morrill also had 3 points (1G,2A) as well. Jack Starr made 9 saves in goal to anchor the Bulldogs defense as well. 

The Quakers got out to a strong start going up 2-0 early on. Midway through the first Yale finally answered with Matt Brandau finding the back of the net for the Bulldogs. Penn finished out the first quarter with a two-goal run, taking a 4-1 lead heading into the second period. 

Right off the bat the Bulldogs got hungry in the second. Coming off a first quarter where they just simply got outplayed, the Bulldogs scored two quick ones to cut the Penn lead to 4-3 with 13:31 in the second. Christian Cropp scored another one moments later to tie things up at 4. 

Penn got back on track with a three-goal run that included an awesome transition sequence to help the Quakers retake the lead. Near the end of the second Yale went to a two-goal run of their, including a man-down goal. With just seconds left in the half, Simon Mathias converted to give Penn the 8-6 lead heading into the half. 

It was a very back-and-forth third quarter as both squads were taking shots at each other. Yale started off the scoring with a Christian Croop goal to bring it within one. Jack Tigh then tied things up a 8 with 11:50 in the third. Penn returned the favor with a two-goal run of their own to take the lead back.

Penn was able to get the 11-9 lead late in the third but Jackson Morrill found the back of the net for Yale with less then a minute on the clock to make it an 11-10 Penn lead heading into the fourth. 

After a lot of play up and down the field to start the fourth, Yale tied things up at 11 midway though the quarter. A few minutes later Yale had a look on the doorstep to take the lead but Reid Junkin was there to deny the shot.

Penn went down that very next possession and Sean Lulley was able to come around the cage, score, and put Penn up 12-11 with 4:52 in the game. The Quakers defense stepped up and was able to hold the Yale offense in the final minutes of the game. With possession under a minute in the game, Penn held on and secured the win. 


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