PHILADELPHIA - A frustrating run through the Ivy League is interrupted on Tuesday night for the Penn men's lacrosse team, as the Quakers go out of conference to face Bucknell. The Quakers and the Bison will face off at 7 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pa.
PENN (1-7, 0-4) at #18 BUCKNELL (8-4)
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 * 7 p.m.
The Series with Bucknell
The Quakers lead the series, 11-4, including an 8-6 victory last year at Franklin Field in Philadelphia in the first meeting between the teams since 2007. As it turned out, that was the Bison's only regular-season loss last year.
The Bison had won eight games in a row until Saturday, when they were beaten by Army in double overtime, 6-5. Bucknell started the season with three straight losses before the eight-game win streak. Bucknell's potent offense is averaging 12 goals a game, and has dished off 90 assists. Billy Eisenreich is having a monstrous season for Bucknell, with 25 goals and 29 assists for 54 points. Todd Heritage leads the Bison with 32 goals and has 40 points, while David Dickson has 32 (11g, 21a) and Chase Bailey has 31 (22g, 9a). In goal, Kyle Feeney has started every game; he has an 8.77 goals-against average and a .577 save percentage.
Around the Ivy League
Penn (0-4) returns to Ivy action Saturday at noon, hosting Harvard (2-1) at Franklin Field. In other weekend games, Yale (2-2) will be at Brown (1-2) on Friday night at 7 p.m., and Dartmouth (0-3) is at Princeton (3-0) for a 1 p.m. start on Saturday. Cornell (4-0) has the bye and will not play any games this weekend.
Penn in the Mile High Classic
The Penn men's lacrosse team will participate in the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic presented by Inside Lacrosse on Friday, April 27 in Denver, Colo. The Quakers are slated to meet defending NCAA champion Virginia in the first half of a doubleheader at Sports Authority Field (home of the NFL's Denver Broncos); 2011 NCAA semifinalists Duke and Denver will play in the other game.
*Bucknell is the first of three non-conference teams Penn will play over its last five contests. In addition to Virginia at the Mile High Classic, the Quakers are at Saint Joseph's next week.
*According to laxpower.com, Penn entered the week having played the toughest schedule in the country -- a schedule that remains tough, as Bucknell is ranked 18th this week. In eight games so far this season, the Quakers have played teams that were ranked fifth (Cornell), seventh (Duke), eighth (UNC), 11th (Lehigh), 12th (Villanova), 15th (Princeton), and 20th (Yale) in this week's USILA national coaches poll. (Penn's next opponent after Tuesday, Harvard, is receiving votes in this week's poll.)
*After averaging 6.6 goals per game in its first five contests, Penn has scored 30 goals in the last three games (11 vs. Cornell, 9 at Yale, 10 vs. Brown).
*In the last two games, Penn has given up the winning goal with 12 seconds to lose at Yale and with 11 seconds to lose at home against Brown.
*Schwalje has a team-high seven assists and is tied for the team lead with 18 points.
*Conneely and Schwalje are the only Penn players to have a point in every game this season. (Senior Dan Savage has a point in seven of the Quakers' eight games.)
*Savage had one goal vs. Brown, giving him a team-high 13 for the season. He is tied with Schwalje and Conneely for the team scoring lead, at 18 points.
*Junior Ryan Parietti had two points Saturday against Brown, and has scored two goals in four of the last six games.
*Sophomore Drew Belinsky had a goal and an assist against Brown, the second time in three games he has gone for two points. (He had two points in the first five games combined.)
*Losco leads Penn with 20 ground balls, while McCallion and Meyer have 19 ground apiece. Santomo and Feeney have 14 each.
*McCallion had two assists on Saturday against Brown, his first two points as a collegian.
*Sophomore goalie Brian Feeney -- Danny's twin brother -- has a .430 save percentage and a 10.27 goals-against average so far this season.
*Junior goalie Brendan Engelke saw his first action of 2012 at Yale, starting the game and playing a half. He had two saves and allowed seven goals.
*Penn finished the 2011 regular season at 8-6, its best overall record since 2006 (10-4), and advanced to the NCAAs for the first time since that 2006 season.
*In Ivy League play, Penn's 4-2 record last year was its best since, you guessed it, 2006. However, the Quakers took second in the Ivy standings, behind Cornell. The last time Penn finished second in the Ivies? Try 1989.