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PHILADELPHIA – The final game of the conference season is set for Saturday, April 22 and the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team (5-5, 2-3) will host Dartmouth (2-9, 0-4) for a 1 p.m. matchup at Franklin Field.
The contest will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network and ESPN3 and will also serve as the Quakers HEADstrong Foundation game and Senior Day for the 10 members of the Class of 2017.
GAME 10 – PENN (5-5, 2-3 Ivy) vs. DARTMOUTH (2-9, 0-4 Ivy)
Saturday, April 22, 2017 * 1:00 p.m. | at Penn, 70th meeting (Penn leads 42-27)
Saturday’s contest marks the 70th meeting in series history between the Quakers and Big Green with Penn winning the last four outings dating back to 2013. During that span, the Red and Blue have outscored Dartmouth by a 46-21 margin.
ABOUT THE QUAKERS
• Saturday’s contest marks Senior Day for the 10 members of the Class of 2017: Michael Bicknese, Kevin Brown, Tyler Earley, Garrett Fellows, Kevin Gayhardt, Chris Hilburn, Austin Kreinz, Peter Laco, Kevin McDonough, and Eric Persky.
• The Quakers enter Saturday’s matchup fifth in the Ivy League standings at 2-3 as they look to make the four-team Ivy League Tournament May 5 & 7. Dartmouth is currently seventh in the league at 0-4 in Ancient Eight games.
• The Quakers clock in at No. 26 in the NCAA RPI standings as of April 26.
• Penn enters the final game of the conference season on Saturday, with one non-conference game remaining ahead of the Ivy League Tournament. The Quakers will play an ACC team yet to be determined in Durham, N.C. at Noon on April 29.
• Sophomore Simon Mathias current ranks 21st in the country having scored a point in every game of his career, marking 25 straight games through April 15. During his streak, he’s totaled 47 goals, 28 assists, and 75 points dating back to Feb. 20, 2016.
• Two players had career-high games against Harvard last weekend: junior FOGO Chris Santangelo won 22 draws against the Crimson while Connor Keating had a career-high 11 ground balls in a 14-10 win.
• On offense, sophomore Simon Mathias leads the team with 36 points (19g, 17a) while Kevin McGeary (18g, 7a), Tyler Dunn (15g, 3a), Reilly Hupfeldt (13g, 4a), and Alex Roesner (8g, 3a) are all in double digits for the Red and Blue.
• On the defensive end, sophomore goalkeeper Reed Junkin has posted a 47% save percentage and a 10.97 GAA through 10 games. Junior LSM Connor Keating leads the team with 47 ground balls, respectively.
• The Quakers also lead the Ivy League in fewest penalties per game (2.10/game), fewest penalty minutes per game (1.40/game), and fewest turnovers per game (12.00/game).
• Penn currently ranks second in the NCAA in man-down defense, turning away 85% of their oppositions EMO chances on the season. The Red and Blue have allowed only 3-of-20 EMO chances for 2017.
• The Quakers are also near the top in the country in fewest turnovers per game, limiting themselves to just 12.00 turnovers per game which places them 15th in the NCAA and tops in the Ivy.
• Sophomore attackman Simon Mathias and junior long-stick midfielder Connor Keating were selected to the 2017 Tewaaraton Award Watch List as two of 50 players nominated for the prestigious award. Mathias was a 2016 Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year while Keating returns as a USILA Honorable Mention All-American. The duo are two of eight Ivy Leaguers on the initial watch list.
• A trio of seniors have been tapped to lead the Red and Blue as captains in 2017: Tyler Earley, Austin Kreinz and Kevin Gayhardt.
• The Quakers return four of five All-Ivy honorees from just a year ago: Connor Keating, Kevin Gayhardt, Reed Junkin and Simon Mathias look to lead the Red and Blue this season.
• Four sophomores: Alex Roesner, Simon Mathias, Tyler Dunn, and Noah Lejman, along with Penn Associate Head Coach Pat Myers, all represented Penn and the gold medal-winning USA team at the FIL U19 World Championship held in British Columbia last summer.
ABOUT THE BIG GREEN
• Dartmouth has won just two games in 2017 against Vermont and UMass-Lowell. They’re looking for their first Ivy League win of the year with Penn and Brown still left to play in the Ancient Eight.
• As a team, the Big Green ranks fourth in the NCAA in caused turnovers/game (9.91) while George Christopher is fifth in the nation averaging 12.18 saves per game. Richie Loftus is also third in the nation with a .528 shot percentage.
• Loftus leads the team with 33 points (19g, 14a) while Ben Martin, Jack Korzelius, and Wiley Osborne have all provided at least 20 points on the year. Christopher has been the primary netminder between the pipes, with a 12.31 GAA and .502 save percentage.