Friday Recap: Penn, Brown Earn Dominate Wins in Season Debuts

(Photo Courtesy of Penn Athletics)

411 days after walking off the field with a win over Saint Joseph’s in the 2020 Philly 4 Classic, the Penn Quakers took the field for the first time in 2021 against the defending DIII champion (2019) Cabrini and secured a blowout 23-9 victory.

Adam Goldnder led the Quakers with a program record nine goals and an assist for a career-high 10 points. Additionally, Dylan Gergar had nine points on seven goals and two assists while Jack Schultz and Sean Lulley each had four assists.

Jamie Zusi went 22-for-29 (75%) at the faceoff dot and Patrick Burkinshaw 12 saves with a 60% save percentage in the victory.

The Quakers came out of the gates firing with Adam Goldner and Dylan Gergar getting on the board first within the first two minutes of the contest. Mike Gerzabek, who led the Cavaliers with four goals, got Cabrini on the board with 6:33 left in the first to make it a 2-1 game.

After a close first quarter that ended with Penn ahead 3-2, the Quakers stepped on the gas and kicked it into high gear. Penn ended the first half on a five-goal run to pull ahead 11-5. They extended that run to nine goals with four straight to start the third quarter, pushing the Quakers’ lead to 15-5.

A five-goal run to end the third and a 3-2 fourth quarter sealed the deal for the commanding Quakers win.

Penn outshot Cabrini 48-37 and won the ground ball battle 43-25. However, the Quakers did commit 26 turnovers (15 in the second half) and only converted on one of four extra man opportunities. Cabrini caused 15 of those Quaker turnovers and went 85% (17-20) in the clearing game as opposed to Penn’s 76% (19-25).

Brown Dominates Boston U.

In their first game since upsetting the defending national champion Virginia Cavaliers 411 days ago, the Brown Bears defeated the Boston U. Terriers 12-5 in the first contest between an Ivy League and another DI opponent this season.

Luke McCaleb tallied five points (2G/3A) to lead the Brown’s offense while Darian Cook and George Grell and Nolen Rockerfeller each had two goals. Matt McShea (8-10) and Matt Gunty (7-11) combined to go 15-for-21 at the faceoff dot.

Phil Goss made 11 saves in cage to anchor the Brown defense, which held the Boston U. offense to just two goals in the first half and scoreless in the third quarter.

Matt Baugher led the Terriers with two goals, both of which came in the second half. Louis Perfetto dished out two assists. Alex Gainey made 15 saves in cage and Patrick Morris caused four turnovers and scooped up five ground balls to lead the Terriers’ defense.

Brown ended both the first and second quarters on a four-goal run. They extended their run to eight goals with four in the third quarter to pull away even more and take a 12-2 lead heading into the final stanza. Boston U. blanked the Bears and put up three of their own in the final period of play.

Other Scores

  • Canisius outscored Monmouth 3-2 in the final quarter to seal a season-ending 8-7 win over the Hawks. Matt Vavonese made 13 saves in win for the Griffins.

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