PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team is coming off a pair of nice comeback wins the last two weekends, against Denver and Villanova. On Saturday, the Quakers open Ivy League play against their regional rival, Princeton. Penn and Princeton face off at 3 p.m. from the Tigers’ Class of 1952, with Penn looking to win on Princeton’s campus for the first time since 1988.
GAME 5 – #12 PENN (3-1) at #16 PRINCETON (2-2)
Saturday, March 15, 2014 * 3 p.m.
Class of 1952 Stadium (Princeton, N.J.)
TV: Ivy League Digital Network (there is a fee for this service)
The Penn-Princeton Series
The Quakers and the Tigers have met 82 times in men’s lacrosse, with Princeton holding a 64-18 lead in the series. That said, Penn has won two of the last three years, 11-10 last year and 8-3 three years ago. Both of those took place in Philadelphia. Last year’s game was played amid wintry conditions, and was delayed 75 minutes at halftime due to lightning. Isaac Bock led the Penn attack with three goals and an assist, while Drew Belinsky and Zack Losco scored two times apiece. Ryan Parietti had three assists as Penn went 4-4 in man-up offense. Prior to this three-year stretch, Princeton won every game in the series from 1990-2010. In fact, Penn’s last win at Princeton came all the way back in 1988.
The Tigers are led by Tom Schreiber, one of Princeton’s two Tewaaraton Award Watch List nominees; he has 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points. Kip Orban has scored eight goals, Ryan Ambler leads the Tigers with 10 assists, and Mike McDonald -- the other Tewaaraton Watch List member -- has 15 points (7g, 8a). Both Schreiber and McDonald were first-team All-Ivy last year, while Jake Froccaro was the 2013 Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Orban and defenseman Derick Raabe were second-team All-Ivy last season.
After starting the season with four non-conference games, Penn begins a stretch today 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.
Penn is ranked 12th in this week’s USILA national coaches poll; the Quakers started the season ranked 18th, and were 14th last week. The other Ivy League teams currently ranked are Cornell (8), Princeton (16) and Yale (17), while Harvard is among six teams also receiving votes.
*Penn also is ranked 12th in the Lacrosse Magazine weekly poll, and 11th in the Warrior Inside Lacrosse media poll.
*Looking at Penn’s 12-game schedule, four other teams besides No. 16 Princeton are ranked this week in the USILA poll: Duke (6), Cornell (8), Denver (9) and Yale (17). Two other future opponents -- Harvard and St. John’s -- are receiving votes this week.
*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 13th in man-down defense (.765), and 16th in man-up offense (.471).
*Penn is 11th in shot percentage (.335).
*Penn is 13th in scoring defense (8.50).
National Stats (individual)
*Senior goalkeeper Brian Feeney is 16th in goals-against average (8.50), 21st in saves per game (10.50), and 22nd in save percentage (.553).
*Freshman attackman Kevin Brown is 16th in shot percentage (.500).
*Bock (6g, 3a), sophomore Nick Doktor (5g, 4a) and senior Zack Losco (4g, 5a) lead the Quakers with nine points each; Doktor has his nine points in the last three games, after being shut out in the season opener.
*Losco has a point in 13 straight games dating back to last season.
*In Penn’s win at Villanova last Saturday, the Quakers were down 11-7 with just over eight minutes to play but scored five goals in a six-minute span to gain the victory.
*It marked the fourth time in five years that the Penn-Villanova game has been decided by one goal.
Penn is home for the first time in three weeks on Saturday, March 22, hosting No. 9 Cornell at 1 p.m.