Around the Ivy League
With the Ivy League season reaching its final stretch, the picture is certainly muddled after you get past first-place Cornell (4-0) as the other six teams all have two losses. That will change on Saturday, as those six teams meet in three Ivy League games that all face off at 1 p.m. (The Big Red has the bye this weekend after facing Syracuse on Tuesday). While Penn (2-2) and Harvard (1-2) are meeting in Cambridge, Brown (1-2) is at Yale (2-2) while Dartmouth (1-2) faces Princeton (1-2) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
The Series with Harvard
The Quakers and the Crimson have met 78 times in men's lacrosse, with Harvard holding a 42-34-2 lead in the series. Penn won last year's game, 12-7, at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, and also won 12-10 in 2008 at home. However, the Quakers have not won in Cambridge since 2003; that includes an 11-4 loss two years ago, and a 7-6 loss in overtime in 2007.
The Crimson (7-4, 1-2 Ivy) are coming off a 14-7 win Tuesday afternoon against Quinnipiac. Like Penn, Harvard is not far from being unbeaten in Ivy play -- both losses have come by a goal (9-8 at Dartmouth, 13-12 last weekend to Cornell). Its win came over Brown, 11-7. Dean Gibbons, a second-team All-Ivy pick on attack a year ago, is the Crimson's leading scorer, with 21 goals and 19 points for 40 points, while Jeff Cohen has 25 goals. Daniel Eipp has 22 points (15g, 7a), and six other players have at least 11 points on the season. The other second-team All-Ivy pick last year was midfielder Terry White, who has 17 points (11g, 6a) in 2011. In goal, Harry Krieger has played almost all the minutes; he boasts a 9.80 goals-against average and a .505 save percentage.
I Know You!
Penn will see a familiar face on the Harvard sideline Saturday. The Crimson's head coach is Chris Wojcik, who spent the last two years as an assistant coach at Penn. Last year, under Mike Murphy, Wojcik was the Quakers' offensive coordinator and their recruiting coordinator.
*With its one-goal loss at unranked Brown last weekend, Penn fell to 15th in this week's USILA coaches poll and 17th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll.
*According to Laxpower.com, Penn enters the weekend fifth nationally in strength of schedule and ninth in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).
*Penn's schedule this season includes teams currently ranked fifth (Cornell), ninth (UNC), 10th (Duke) and 11th (Villanova) in the USILA poll. Still on the horizon is Virginia, the preseason No. 1 that is currently ranked seventh.
*Penn is 5-0 at home this season, and has won six in a row at Franklin Field dating back to last season. That is the fourth-longest home winning streak at the NCAA Division I level. Who's ahead of the Quakers and Crimson? Duke at 15, Hofstra at 14, and Bucknell at 9. (The flip side of this, of course, is that Penn is 0-4 on the road heading into Cambridge this weekend.)
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (team): Penn entered the week ninth in caused turnovers per game (9.67), 10th in man-up offense (40.7 percent success), and 18th in scoring defense (8.22 GAA).
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (individual): junior Will Koshansky entered the week third in caused turnovers per game (2.89) while freshman Maxx Meyer was ninth (2.11); senior Corey Winkoff was sixth in assists per game (1.89); freshman Brian Feeney was 19th in goals-against average (8.03); senior Al Kohart is 38th in goals per game (2.00).
*After being held scoreless in Penn's first two games, Winkoff has 23 points in the last seven contests which leads the Quakers. He also has a team-high 18 assists.
*Winkoff now has 85 assists in his career which is fourth all-time at Penn. He needs one to tie Andy Crofton (1993-96) for third place. Peter Hollis is second, with 94 from 1975-77, while Chris Conforti is the all-time leader with 103 from 1988-91.
*In a survey of the NCAA Division I SIDs, Winkoff's 85 career assists tie him for sixth among active players nationally, with Albany senior Bryan Caufield.
*In the last five games, Winkoff has 14 assists (2.8 apg) and 19 points (3.8 ppg).
*Senior Al Kohart leads Penn with 18 goals -- including 10 in Ivy League play -- and is second on the team with 21 points.
*Kohart has recorded at least a point in eight of Penn's nine games, with two four-point outings and a trio of three-point games.
*Kohart had three goals last weekend at Brown, his team-leading third hat trick this season (also Cornell at UNC). All three of them came on the road.
*Junior Dan Savage, who had a hat trick two weeks ago against Yale, has 10 points (9g, 1a).
*Fitzpatrick is the only Penn player to record a point in every game this season, while Winkoff has scored in six straight games. Conneely had a six-game point-scoring streak snapped against Yale and has not scored in the last two contests.
*Freshman Drew Belinsky -- who scored the OT winner against Yale -- is Penn's top freshman scorer with nine points (6g, 3a). Another freshman, Ryan Parietti, netted his fifth goal of the season at Brown.
*Senior Morgan Griff scored twice last weekend at Brown, his first multi-goal game since he had a hat trick against Towson on April 26, 2009. After going pointless in Penn's first five games, he has five points in the last four contests.
*Penn had nine different goalscorers last weekend at Brown. This season, Penn has had six or more goalscorers in all but two games (4 vs. Lafayette, 4 at UNC).
*Koshansky, a long-stick middie, has four points this season (2g, 2a) and also leads Penn with 26 caused turnovers.
*Meyer -- who scored his second goal this season and added three caused turnovers and eight ground balls at Brown -- is behind Koshansky in CTs (19), as are fellow close defensemen Brett Hughes (13) and Anthony Santomo (11).
*Freshman Danny Feeney has been Penn's primary faceoff man through the first nine games, taking all but 18; he leads the Quakers with 36 ground balls, followed by Meyer (33) and Koshansky (27).
*In goal, Brian Feeney has played every minute. He has an 8.03 goals-against average and a .464 save percentage.