PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s James H. Greene, Jr. Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse, Mike Murphy, has announced the Quakers’ 2016 schedule. Penn’s 14-game slate features eight home games and five against teams that participated in last year’s NCAA Championship.
“We are very excited about our 2016 schedule,” said Murphy, who enters his seventh season as Penn’s head coach. “To play top teams from the ACC and the Big Ten, along with the top local programs and our Ivy slate, should again make our schedule one of the toughest around. We are excited to add Michigan to the schedule as our home opener, and our final game -- with local rival Saint Joseph’s at Penn Park on a Tuesday night in April -- should be a great experience."
Ticket information for the 2016 season will be released in early January.
Penn is coming off a 2015 season in which it went 6-7 against a schedule ranked the 17th-toughest in the country. After a slow start in Ivy League play -- with losses to Princeton, Cornell (in 3OT) and Yale -- the Quakers rebounded to defeat Brown, Harvard and Dartmouth. However, the 3-3 conference record was not enough to get the Red and Blue into the four-team Ivy League Tournament field.
MICHIGAN (Saturday, Feb. 20/3 p.m.) – This will be the first meeting between the Quakers and the Wolverines, a fifth-year varsity program, in men’s lacrosse.
at Virginia (Sunday, Feb. 28/1 p.m.) – Second-straight year these two programs have met and the fourth time since 2011; UVA, which was in the NCAA Championship field last year, won last year’s game, 12-6, at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
PENN STATE (Saturday, March 5/noon) – Nittany Lions lead series, 22-12, and won last year’s game in State College, 15-12; it was the first meeting between these programs since 1977.
LAFAYETTE (Tuesday, March 8/4 p.m.) – Penn leads the series 37-3, including a 9-6 win in snowbound Easton last year in the first meeting between these programs since 2011.
at Villanova (Saturday, March 12/4 p.m.) – Penn leads the series, 17-9, but this has become arguably the Quakers’ biggest “rivalry” game outside of Ivy play. Villanova won last year’s tussle at Franklin Field, 17-11; prior to that, four of the last five meetings had been decided by a goal.
at Princeton* (Saturday, March 19/1 p.m.) – Penn is looking for its first win at Princeton since 1988; the Quakers have won two of the last six meetings after going winless from 1990-2010.
CORNELL* (Saturday, March 26/Noon) – The Big Red needed triple overtime to beat the Quakers a year ago, en route to an NCAA bid; two years ago, Penn beat Cornell on Franklin Field, 11-10.
MARYLAND (Tuesday, March 29/4 p.m.) – Penn has never beaten the Terps, losing each of the 13 meetings including an 11-7 decision early last year in College Park; Maryland advanced all the way to the NCAA final last year, losing to Denver at the Linc.
at Yale* (Saturday, April 2/1 p.m.) – Eight of the last 10 meetings between these teams have been decided by two or fewer goals, with four of them going overtime; Yale -- which was in the NCAA Championship field last year -- won last year’s matchup on Franklin Field, 15-7, after Penn eked out a 6-5 win two years ago in New Haven.
BROWN* (Saturday, April 9/noon) – The Quakers have won three in a row over the Bears, including a 14-11 decision last year in Providence; Brown was in the NCAA Championship field last year.
HARVARD* (Saturday, April 16/3 p.m.) – The Quakers have also beaten the Crimson three-straight years, and six of the last eight meetings; last year Penn came back for a 10-9 win in Cambridge.
at UMBC (Tuesday, April 19/7 p.m.) – Penn leads this series, 6-2, and defeated the Retrievers 10-8 last year at Franklin Field; that was the first meeting between the programs since 2007.
at Dartmouth* (Saturday, April 23/1 p.m.) – Penn leads the series, 41-27, and has won three in a row and eight of the last 10; last year, the Quakers defeated the Big Green, 15-12, on Franklin Field.
SAINT JOSEPH’S (Tuesday, April 26/7 p.m.) – This game will be played on Penn Park’s “Ace” Adams Field; Penn has never lost to the Hawks, going 12-0, but needed to overcome a 7-0 deficit to win, 11-10, in overtime a year ago; this will mark the seventh-straight year these intracity rivals have met.
POSTSEASON - Once again this year, the top four teams in the Ivy League standings at the end of the regular season with play in the Ivy League Tournament, which will run May 6 and 8 at the home of the regular-season champion. First-round NCAA Championship play begins May 14 and 15, with quarterfinal games taking place May 21 in Providence, R.I., and May 22 in Columbus, Ohio. For the second-straight year, the annual NCAA Championship Weekend will run Memorial Day weekend, May 28 and 30, at Lincoln Financial Field here in Philadelphia.