PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team announced its 2007 schedule, which once again figures to be a challenging one as six teams that played in last year's NCAA Championship will meet the Quakers at some point during the spring.
“I am very happy with the schedule that we have put together,” said head coach Brian Voelker, who enters his fifth season with the Quakers. “The Ivies are always going to be tough, as was proven last year when four conference teams made the NCAAs. Outside of the league, we start with four in-state opponents. And we have a lot of young guys who will be thrown to the fire this year, so ending the regular season with a pair of nationally recognized programs at Franklin Field will be a great way to test them and see how far they've come during the course of the season.”
After scrimmages at Towson (Feb. 10) and at home vs. Rutgers (Feb. 17), the regular season gets underway Friday, Feb. 23 when the Quakers head to the Main Line for their annual meeting with city rival Villanova. The home opener comes five days later, when Lehigh visits Franklin Field for a3 p.m. faceoff.
Penn hits the road for three consecutive games during spring break -- at Robert Morris (March 3), Bucknell (March 6), and 2006 America East champion and NCAA first-rounder UMBC (March 10) -- before the Ivy League opener against Yale at Franklin Field (March 17). That kicks off a stretch of six-straight games that all come within the conference.
The second half of Penn’s 13-game schedule is where things get interesting; five of the Quakers’ seven opponents played in last year’s NCAA Championship, with the other two games being Ivy League matchups. The fun begins at Harvard (March 24), followed by a trip to Cornell one week later (March 31).
Penn’s first two games in the month of April are Ivy League home matchups, with Dartmouth (April 6) and Princeton (April 10), followed quickly by the Ivy League finale at Brown (April 14). The regular season ends with non-conference matchups against Maryland (April 21), an NCAA semifinalist last year, and Denver (May 5), the Great Western Lacrosse League champion and an NCAA first-round team in 2006.
Penn, of course, was also in the 16-team NCAA field last year, the second time in three years the Quakers have been part of the national championship tournament. Penn went 10-4 last year, garnering its most wins since 1988, and put together a 4-2 Ivy League mark which was the program's best since 1989.
University of Pennsylvania Men’s Lacrosse
Dates and times subject to change
Home games in ALL CAPS played at Franklin Field
*Ivy League game
(N) 2006 NCAA Championship participant
Day, Date -- Opponent, Time
Saturday, Feb. 10 -- at Towson (scrimmage)
Saturday, Feb. 17 --RUTGERS (scrimmage)
Friday, Feb. 23 -- at Villanova, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 28 -- LEHIGH,3 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 -- at Robert Morris, TBA
Tuesday, March 6 -- at Bucknell, 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 10 -- at UMBC,1 p.m.(N)
Saturday, March 17 -- YALE*, noon
Saturday, March 24 -- at Harvard*, TBA (N)
Saturday, March 31 -- at Cornell*,3 p.m.(N)
Friday, April 6 -- DARTMOUTH*, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10 -- PRINCETON*, 7 p.m. (N)
Saturday, April 14 -- at Brown*, TBA
Saturday, April 21 -- MARYLAND,1 p.m.(N)
Saturday, May 5 -- DENVER, 1 p.m.(N)