Belinsky's OT Heroics Send Penn Past Harvard
from press release
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Memo to Penn men's lacrosse future opponents: if you get past a first overtime with the Quakers, do not let Quaker freshman Drew Belinsky get the ball.
Two weeks ago, the freshman attack scored in the third overtime to clinch Penn's win over Yale. On Saturday, he was at it again, scoring an unassisted goal with 30 seconds left in the second extra session at Harvard. That gave the 15th-ranked Quakers a 7-6 win over the Crimson at Harvard Stadium.
The win -- Penn's first this season on the road -- pushed the Quakers to 3-2 in the Ivy League, keeping them tied with Yale for second place behind unbeaten Cornell. Overall, Penn is 6-4 on the season. Harvard fell to 7-5 overall, 1-3 in Ivy play.
After both goalies had made saves in the second overtime session, Belinsky got the ball behind the goal on the left side. He ran behind the goal with his defender, then made a move to get out front past the left post. He was met there by another Crimson defender, but pivoted off his right foot which put him one-on-one with Harvard goalie Harry Krieger. Belinsky flipped the shot over Krieger's right shoulder, and that ended it.
It was a good character win for Penn, which held a 6-4 lead with two minutes left in regulation but allowed the host Crimson to tie it. The Quakers never trailed Saturday, three times taking a two-goal lead and three times giving it up.
Al Kohart had the only goal in the first quarter, scoring unassisted with 1:05 left. Midway through the second, Corey Winkoff doubled the Penn lead with his own unassisted effort. Harvard's Alex White got one of those back with 3:32 left before halftime, off a Dean Gibbons assist, and the teams went into the break with the score just 2-1. That low score was due mostly to poor shooting -- Penn put just seven of its 17 first-half efforts on goal, while the Crimson were just four of 10 hitting the target.
Harvard tied it up early in the third quarter, as Kevin Vaughan finished a Gibbons feed just 1:51 in. However, four minutes later Will Koshansky netted his third long-stick score this season, off a feed from Zack Losco, and then nearly four minutes after that Belinsky finished a feed from Rob Fitzpatrick that put Penn up, 4-2.
Harvard answered, this time before the end of the quarter, as Terry White and Peter Schwartz netted unassisted tallies just 51 seconds apart.
Morgan Griff looked like he might wear the hero's crown on this day, as he scored twice in the fourth to put Penn up 6-4. The first came off a feed from Winkoff with 12:16 left, and then almost 10 minutes went by before he doubled the lead with his own bulrush and shot that started behind the goal.
Harvard answered -- again. Kevin Vaughan had a nice unassisted goal with 1:51 left, coming from behind and whipping a shot from the ground as he got knocked down. Then, with 52 seconds left, Ryan Stevens drew a defender up top and sent a pass across the goalmouth to Gibbons. Gibbons brought his stick low, but fooled Penn goalkeeper Brian Feeney as his shot ripped the upper corner.
Both teams had a chance to win it in regulation after that. Harvard won the faceoff, and Ryan Stevens put a shot wide. Penn was closest to the ball when it was out, and the Quakers got it down the field in time for John Conneely to get a shot off that Krieger stopped.
In the first OT, Penn's Danny Feeney won the faceoff and the Quakers held the ball for nearly three minutes before Winkoff's shot was stopped by Krieger. Harvard got the ball down the field, and Terry White had a shot to win but missed the goal.
In the second overtime, Penn again won the faceoff as Koshansky controlled the ground ball. Kohart had an open look from up top, but his effort was stopped by Krieger. Harvard then came down and had two chances, the first by Vaughan going over the goal and the second by Stevens being stopped by Feeney. Penn brought the ball down, and the next thing you knew it was in Belinsky's stick and then the Harvard net.
Penn ended the game with a 32-30 shot advantage. Feeney finished the game with nine saves, while Krieger had 10 including one in each OT session. Defensively, Koshansky had a staggering six caused turnovers and three ground balls to go with his goal, while freshman Maxx Meyer had another standout day with two caused turnovers and six grounders.
Penn is in action twice next week, traveling to Saint Joseph's for a Tuesday night meeting with the Hawks at 7 p.m. Following that, the Quakers play their final home game of 2011 Saturday at Franklin Field, hosting Dartmouth at 1 p.m.
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