PHILADELPHIA – Coming off a sterling defensive performance at Yale last weekend, there should be no letdown for the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team in its game this Saturday. The Quakers host Brown, itself a big winner in Ivy play last weekend. The teams will face off at 1 p.m.
GAME 8 – #15 PENN (4-3, 1-2 Ivy League) vs. BROWN (6-3, 1-1)
Saturday, April 5, 2014 * 1 p.m.
Franklin Field (Philadelphia)
TV: Ivy League Digital Network (there is a fee for this service)
This weekend is the annual Alumni Weekend for both the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. The men’s alums will hold their annual Alumni Game on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. on “Ace” Adams Field in Penn Park. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
The Penn-Brown Series
The Quakers and the Bears are meeting for the 52nd time in men’s lacrosse; Brown holds a 31-20 lead in the series. The Bears had won three in a row, including two in Philadelphia, before Penn went up to Providence last year and walked away with a 10-3 victory. Isaac Bock had three goals in the win, while Zack Losco had four points (2g, 2a) and Drew Belinsky had three (2g, 1a). Brian Feeney made 15 saves while allowing just the three goals, a staggering .833 save percentage. Last year’s result went against the recent grain of this rivalry. In the eight matchups before last year -- five won by Brown, three by Penn -- four games were decided by one goal, two were by two goals, and two were by three goals.
The Bears served notice that they intend to be a part of the Ivy League championship hunt last Saturday, as they hosted Princeton and defeated the Tigers, 11-10. Brown comes to Franklin Field on a three-game winning streak, after losing its Ivy opener to Harvard, 16-10, on March 15. Sam Hurster (19g, 5a) and Dylan Molloy (17g, 7a) lead Brown in scoring, with 24 points each, while Kylor Bellistri has 23 points (13g, 10a) and Brendan Cputo has 20 (11g, 9a). Bailey Tills has scored nine goals, Tim Jacob has scored eight, and Tyler Landis has dished off 11 assists. At the other end, Jack Kelly -- who had 16 saves in last weekend’s win over Princeton -- has an 11.05 goals-against average and a .549 save percentage for the season.
After starting the season with four non-conference games, Penn is in the fourth week of a stretch that sees the Quakers playing Ivy League games for six straight Saturdays. They will then finish the season with non-conference games against Towson and St. John’s.
Around the League
All eyes will be on Ithaca, N.Y., where the two remaining unbeatens in Ivy play meet Saturday at 3 p.m. as Cornell (3-0) hosts Harvard (2-0). At the same time that Penn and Brown face off Saturday, Yale (1-2) will be facing off at Dartmouth (0-2). Princeton (1-2) has the bye this weekend; the Tigers host Rutgers Saturday at 7 p.m.
*Penn is ranked 15th in this week’s USILA national coaches poll; the Quakers started the season ranked 18th, and were 12th three weeks ago (their highest ranking this season). The other Ivy League teams currently ranked are Cornell (2), Yale (14) and Princeton (17).
*Penn also is ranked 13th in the Lacrosse Magazine weekly poll, and 13th in the Warrior Inside Lacrosse media poll. Brown is receiving votes in the Warrior/IL poll.
*Looking at Penn’s schedule, five of the Quakers’ seven opponents so far this season are ranked in this week’s USILA poll: Cornell (2), Duke (3), Denver (6), Yale (14) and Princeton (17). Two other future opponents—Towson and St. John’s—are receiving votes this week, as is a team Penn already beat this season (Villanova).
*Overall, Penn’s strength of schedule is ranked second in the LaxPower.com computer rankings, behind only Syracuse.
*This is nothing new for Penn under Head Coach Mike Murphy; last year, the Quakers’ Strength of Schedule was ranked second at the end of the season (behind only Princeton), while in 2011 it ranked first.
National Stats (team)
*Penn is 15th in man-down defense (.704) and 21st in shot percentage (.296).
National Stats (individual)
*Senior goalie Brian Feeney is 14th in saves per game (11.14) and 29th in save percentage (.523).
*Freshman attackman Kevin Brown is 16th in shot percentage (.455).
*The Quakers have six players with at least 10 points, 10 players with at least two goals, and six others who have scored once.
*Penn has had at least seven different goalscorers in all but two games this season; in those other two, at Duke and at Yale, the Quakers had five different players score the team’s six goals in the game.
*Junior Isaac Bock—who was Penn’s only multi-goal scorer last Saturday at then-No. 11 Yale—leads the Quakers in goals (12) and points (17), while sophomore Nick Doktor tops the team in assists (8). After being shut out in Penn’s season opener, Doktor has his 16 points in the last six games (2.7 ppg).
*Freshman Kevin Brown is the only other player with a double-figure goal total (10).
*After recording a goal and an assist last Saturday at Yale, Losco has a point in 16 straight games dating back to last season; the other Penn players who have at least a point in every game this season are Bock, McCallion, and Brown.
*Doktor set career highs on March 22 against Cornell in assists (4) and points (5); he is one of two players to have a five-point game this season, along with Bock (4g/1a at Princeton).
*Brown scored twice against the Big Red, his second multi-goal game this season and third multi-point outing.
*Junior Chris Hupfeldt has tallied at least one point in each of the last four games.
*Senior goalie Brian Feeney had 13 saves against Yale last Saturday while allowing just five goals; on Monday, he was named co-Ivy League Player of the Week along with today’s other goalie, Brown’s Jack Kelly.
Penn is at home again next Saturday, hosting Harvard in another Ivy League contest. The Quakers and Crimson will face off at 1 p.m.