PHILADELPHIA – Coming off a standout defensive performance in a win at Brown last weekend, the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team plays its second straight Ivy League road game this Saturday at Harvard. The Quakers and the Crimson will face off inside Harvard Stadium at 1 p.m.
GAME 10 – #14 PENN (6-3, 2-2) at HARVARD (5-6, 1-2)
Saturday, April 13, 2013 * 1 p.m.
Harvard Stadium (Cambridge, Mass.)
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The Series with Harvard
The Quakers and the Crimson have met 81 times previously, with Harvard holding a 43-36 lead in the series (with two ties). Penn has won three of the last four meetings, all of them coming in the regular seasons -- Harvard’s lone win in the run was in the 2011 Ivy League Tournament in Ithaca, N.Y. Last year, Penn’s only Ivy win of the season came over the Crimson, 13-11, at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The last meeting in Cambridge, two years ago, ended in a 7-6, double-overtime victory for Penn as Drew Belinsky scored the winner.
The Crimson (5-6, 1-2 Ivy) are coming off an 18-8 win over Quinnipiac on Tuesday night. That snapped a three-game losing streak, but don’t be deceived -- the most recent of those losses were a one-goal decision to current No. 7 Duke (12-11) and a two-goal loss to No. 2 Cornell (14-12). Devin Dwyer leads Harvard in assists (20) and points (35), while Alex White has a team-high 18 goals. Peter Schwartz had 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points. Carl Zimmerman has 14 points (7g, 7a), while Murphy Vandervelde has 10 goals. Daniel Eipp (6g, 4a) was second-team All-Ivy a year ago in midfield. In goal, Harry Krieger has played all but 22 minutes; he has a 9.78 goals-against average and a .550 save percentage.
I Know You!
Harvard’s head coach is Chris Wojcik, who was an assistant at Penn for two seasons including current Quaker head coach Mike Murphy’s first season at the helm.
Around the Ivy League
Brown (1-2) and Yale (2-2) will start the weekend off with a Friday night game in New Haven, Conn. On Saturday, at the same time that Penn and Harvard are facing off, Princeton (2-1) will be facing off with Dartmouth (0-3) in Hanover, N.H. Cornell (4-0) has the bye this weekend and is off entirely after playing at Syracuse on Wednesday night.
*Penn moved up three spots from last week and is ranked No. 14 in this week’s USILA national coaches poll; the Quakers’ No. 9 ranking on March 17 was its best in that poll since the Quakers were seventh in the April 10, 2006 poll.
*In the initial NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) standings, released Monday, Penn was at No. 3 behind only Notre Dame and Denver.
*RPI of Penn’s opponents so far: Denver (2), Duke (6), Cornell (7), Princeton (12), Yale (14), Lehigh (18), Villanova (21), Brown (25), Saint Joseph’s (48). Looking ahead at the rest of this season’s opponents, Harvard’s RPI is 29; Dartmouth’s is 45; and Bellarmine’s is 23.
*A look at the Laxpower.com computer rankings on Monday showed that Penn was ranked as having the highest strength of schedule among Division I programs. That is a continuing trend in the Mike Murphy era, as the Quakers ended each of the last two seasons with the toughest schedule in the country.
*Six of Penn’s nine opponents to date are in this week’s USILA national coaches’ poll: No. 2 Cornell (L), No. 4 Denver (L), No. 7 Duke (W), No. 10 Princeton (W), No. 15 Yale (L), No. 18 Lehigh (W).
*Penn had at least six goal-scorers in each of its first six games, before having just four players score at Cornell and five vs. Yale. Last weekend, it was back up to six at Brown.
*Three times this season the Quakers have had just six goals in a game; in two of those contests, six different players scored those six goals (Saint Joseph’s and Lehigh), while against Yale five players scored.
*Fourteen different players have scored Penn's 83 goals, and the Quakers have almost an equal mix of unassisted goals (44) vs. assisted (39); in other words, a lot of guys are finding a lot of different ways to score.
*Penn has outscored its opponents in the fourth quarter, 28-15, so far this season.
*Penn has outshot its opponents 192-135 in the second half this season (93-58 in the third quarter, 99-77 in the fourth).
*Penn has been 9-of-10 on man-up situations over the last four games (10-of-12 over the last five), improving to 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) on the season which leads the nation.
*NATIONAL STATS: Junior goalie Brian Feeney is ninth in save percentage (.581), 12th in goals-against average (7.97), and 23rd in saves per game (11.11); senior defenseman Anthony Santomo is 11th in caused turnovers per game (2.11); senior attackman Tim Schwalje is 16th in assists per game (2.0); junior Danny Feeney is 21st in face-off win percentage (.556)
*Schwalje was Penn's leading returning scorer from last year, and he leads the team so far this season in assists (18) and points (30).
*Schwalje had hat tricks against Duke and Denver, and has gone for multiple points in each of the last seven games after opening the season with seven points against Duke.
*Schwalje has a point in 21 straight games; he is the only Penn player to have a point in every game so far this season. However, last Saturday marked the first time he did not score a goal in a game this season.
*Junior Zack Losco has 11 goals in Penn’s last five games and 14 in the last seven, including hat tricks against Villanova and Denver.
*Losco leads the Quakers with 16 goals, and has scored at least twice in each of the last five games and six of the last seven (he was held without a goal March 5 at Lehigh).
*Sophomore Isaac Bock scored once last season; this season, he is second on the team with 15 goals. That includes a four-goal game in the season opener against Duke and hat tricks vs. Villanova, Princeton and Brown.
*After a stellar freshman campaign in 2011, Drew Belinsky broke his ankle prior to his sophomore season and never seemed to fully get over it. After a two-goal, one-assist performance last weekend at Brown, he has 18 points so far this season (11g, 7a).
*Belinsky has six multi-point outings this season, including four in the last five games.
*In his collegiate debut, freshman Nick Doktor scored twice; in fact, in his first quarter as a collegian he scored twice. He has 12 points so far this season (9g, 3a), and on March 9 vs. Villanova he recorded his first collegiate hat trick.
*Doktor has at least a point in each of Penn’s last seven games (and eight of nine so far this season).
*Another freshman, Mark Leonhard, scored his third goal of the season last weekend at Brown; he also scored in his first collegiate game, then again on March 5 at Lehigh.
*Sophomores Will Laco and Chris Hupfeldt saw no game action last year (Hupfeldt due to injury); Laco had a three-game goalscoring streak earlier this season and assisted a goal at Brown, while "Hup" has had goals against Saint Joseph's and Denver and recorded assists at Cornell and Brown.
*Santomo has scored twice this year, against Duke and Brown, for the captain's first collegiate goals; he is joined as a captain by Schwalje, fellow classmate Brendan Engelke, a goalie, and junior defenseman Maxx Meyer.
*Santomo leads Penn with 19 caused turnovers, while fellow close defenseman Matt McMahon has 14 and Meyer has 13; Meyer also has 27 ground balls.
*Junior Danny Feeney has taken a majority of Penn's faceoffs this season (142 of 188); he has a .556 win percentage on the X and a team-high 48 ground balls.
*Feeney went 12-of-16 on the X last Saturday at Brown, and has also been over 50 percent against Cornell (9-17), Villanova (16-23), Denver (8-14) and Saint Joseph’s (8-12).
*Sophomore Joe McCallion, who is running on the second midfield -- he has two goals and an assist this season -- has taken the other 46 faceoffs this season and has a .413 win percentage.
*Keep an eye on No. 28, Matt Machucki; after three years as an attackman, the sizable senior has moved into a long-stick middie position. With the long stick, he has scored his first collegiate goals (against Princeton and Cornell).
*Another player who recorded his first career point recently was senior middie Dave Twamley, who had an assist against Princeton; he is one of two seniors who made the move from the Penn football team after that season ended last fall.
*In goal, junior Brian Feeney had 15 saves while allowing just three goals last weekend at Brown; that was a career-high .833 save percentage, just ahead of the .810 he put up against Lehigh on March 5 (17 saves, 4 goals).
*Penn has five players who were UnderArmour All-America selections in high school: juniors Drew Belinsky and Brian Feeney, and freshmen Nick Doktor, Pat Berkery and Sam Rohr (both Berkery and Rohr are expected to miss this season due to injury).
*Sophomores Joe McCallion and Chris Hupfeldt were seniors on the Haverford School (Pa.) boys' lacrosse team that ended the 2011 season ranked as the No. 1 high school program in the country.
*Two other players who have not yet seen time this year, Berkery and freshman Rob Savage, were on the Garden City (N.Y.) team that was ranked No. 1 at the end of last year.
*If the Savage name looks familiar to Penn fans, your intuition is correct -- Rob is indeed the brother of Dan Savage, who graduated last year and played four years on the Quaker lacrosse team.
*Penn lacrosse continues to be a family affair for McCallion, whose sister, Kelly, is a senior and a member of the Quakers' Ivy League champion women's lacrosse team.
*If Saturday's game gets to overtime, beware Drew Belinsky; as a freshman, he scored the OT winner in two different games, against Yale and Harvard.
*Penn welcomed two former Quaker football players to the roster this season, seniors Dave Twamley and C.J. Mooney. Both players were starters on defense for the Ivy League champs this fall -- in fact, they won three rings during their tenure on the gridiron -- and Twamley was a second-team All-Ivy recipient. Twamley has seen regular game action in the midfield.