Saturday's game will be the final home game for 10 outgoing seniors: Will Amling, Morgan Griff, Thomas Hawkins, Brett Hughes, Terry Kennedy, Al Kohart, Julian Maldonado, Kyle Mulligan, Ted Rawlings, and Corey Winkoff.
Around the Ivy League
Although Penn (3-2) is finishing its Ivy League season with the Big Green (1-3), there is still plenty that needs to happen for things to be decided in both the Ivy championship race and the hunt for an Ivy Tournament spot. In the title chase, Cornell (4-0) can clinch the outright crown and No. 1 tournament seed with a win at Brown (1-3); the Big Red and Bears face off Saturday at 3 p.m. In the other Ivy game Saturday, Harvard (1-3) and Princeton (2-2) meet in New Jersey at 1 p.m. Yale (3-2) has the bye this weekend, hosting Georgetown on Saturday.
While Penn finishes up its regular season at Virginia next weekend, the rest of the Ivies will face off with each other. In games that all start at 1 p.m., Harvard is at Yale, Princeton is at Cornell, and Brown is at Dartmouth.
What a Penn Win Saturday Does
It secures an Ivy League Tournament spot for the Quakers, likely as the No. 2 seed because the Quakers hold the head-to-head over the only other teams currently with two losses in the league (Yale, Princeton).
What a Penn Loss Saturday Does
The Quakers are still in good shape for a tournament spot, and in fact clinch one if both Brown and Harvard also lose on Saturday. If one or both of them win, however, the picture gets murkier...and easier to assess after the weekend.
The Series with Dartmouth
The Quakers and the Big Green have met 63 times previously, with Penn holding a 37-26 lead in the series. Last year, Dartmouth gained a 15-11 victory in Hanover. Before that, Penn won 9-6 here at Franklin Field -- the Quakers' fourth straight win over the Big Green at the time. In fact, Penn has won 10 of the last 14 and 21 of the last 28 in the series.
The Big Green (5-7, 1-3) started the year 3-1 but then hit a tailspin, losing six of their next seven. On Tuesday, Dartmouth defeated regional rival Vermont, 9-7. Kip Dooley is the Green's leading scorer, with 29 points (13g, 16a). Drew Tunney has 24 points (14g, 10a), while Nikki Dysenchuk has 22 (15g, 7a). Rhett Miller is Dartmouth's leading goal scorer (17). In goal, Fergus Campbell -- a second-team All-Ivy pick last year -- has seen a majority of the action. He had 12 saves Tuesday vs. Vermont, and boasts a 10.96 GAA and a .529 save percentage.
*With its overtime win on the road at unranked Harvard last weekend, Penn improved to 13th in this week's USILA coaches poll. The Quakers remained 17th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll.
*According to Laxpower.com, Penn entered the weekend seventh nationally in strength of schedule and 10th in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).
*Penn's schedule this season includes teams currently ranked third (Cornell), sixth (Duke), ninth (UNC) and 11th (Villanova) in the USILA poll. Still on the horizon is Virginia, the preseason No. 1 that is currently ranked 10th.
*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? Duke at 16, Hofstra at 14, and Bucknell at 9.
*Before Wednesday night's contest at SJU, Penn had played four straight one-goal games, winning two and losing two. The last time the Quakers played four straight one-goal games? Try 1985.
*Six of Penn's 11 games this season have been decided by a goal (with another one decided by two goals). The Quakers are 3-3 in those games. The last time the Red and Blue had six one-goal games in a single season was 2005; they went 1-5 in those contests.
*Penn has played four overtime games in 2011 (all of them in the last seven outings). That is a school record for a single season.
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (team): Penn entered the week eighth in caused turnovers per game (9.90), 12th in man-up offense (38.7 percent success), and 16th in scoring defense (8.00 GAA).
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (individual): junior Will Koshansky entered the week third in caused turnovers per game (3.20) while freshman Maxx Meyer was eighth (2.10); senior Corey Winkoff was ninth in assists per game (1.80); freshman Brian Feeney was 13th in goals-against average (7.74).
*After being held scoreless in Penn's first two games, Winkoff has 28 points in the last nine contests which leads the Quakers. He also has a team-high 21 assists.
*Winkoff now has 89 assists in his career which is third all-time at Penn. 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 89 career assists tie him for seventh among active players nationally, with Maryland's Ryan Young.
*In the last seven games, Winkoff has 18 assists (2.6 apg) and 24 points (3.4 ppg).
*Senior Al Kohart leads Penn with 21 goals -- including 11 in Ivy League play -- and is second on the team with 24 points.
*Kohart has recorded at least a point in 10 of Penn's 11 games, with two four-point outings and a trio of three-point games.
*Kohart also leads Penn with three hat tricks this season, against UNC, Cornell and Brown. All three of them came on the road.
*Conneely had a goal and an assist on Wednesday night, his first points since March 26 at Cornell.
*Junior Dan Savage, who netted his second hat trick in the last four games on Wednesday, now has 13 points this season (12g, 1a) including eight in that four-game span.
*Freshman Drew Belinsky -- who scored the OT winners against both Yale and Harvard, both times unassisted -- is Penn's top freshman scorer with 11 points (8g, 3a). After scoring at least one point in for straight games, he was held pointless Wednesday at Saint Joseph's.
*Fitzpatrick is the only Penn player to record a point in every game this season, while Winkoff has scored in nine straight games.
*Senior Morgan Griff has scored twice in each of Penn's last two Ivy League games, his first multi-goal outings since he had a hat trick against Towson on April 26, 2009. After going pointless in Penn's first five games, he has seven points in the last six contests.
*Penn's 13 goals at Saint Joseph's came from 10 different goal scorers, a season high. This season, Penn has had six or more goal scorers in all but three games (5 vs. Harvard, 4 vs. Lafayette, 4 at UNC).
*Koshansky, a long-stick middie, has five points this season (3g, 2a) and also leads Penn with 33 caused turnovers. He had six CTs last Saturday at Harvard.
*Freshman Danny Feeney has been Penn's primary faceoff man through the first 11 games, taking all but 24; he had nine ground balls on Wednesday and now leads the team with 46 for the season. Meyer has 41, while Koshansky has 34.
*In goal, Brian Feeney has played all but 15 minutes (he relinquished the last quarter at SJU on Wednesday). He has a 7.57 goals-against average and a .472 save percentage.
*Penn has held two different opponents to three goals this season, Duke and Princeton. The last time the Quakers held two different teams to three or fewer goals in a single season was 2001 (3 to Bucknell, 3 to Brown).
*Prior to this season, the last time Penn held ANY opponent to three goals was the 2006 season opener, a 19-3 win over Siena.
*Penn returns four players who received All-Ivy honors last year -- senior Brett Hughes was a second-team All-Ivy pick, while Winkoff, Kohart and Conneely were honorable mention.
*Overall, Penn returns six of its top seven scorers from last year.