Around the Ivy League
Conference play enters its second weekend this Saturday. In addition to the Quakers and the Big Red meeting in Ithaca, #18 Harvard (1-0) will look to remain unbeaten in conference as the Crimson head to Dartmouth (0-1) for a 2 p.m. start. The other League game features #19 Yale (0-1) and Princeton (0-1) meeting in a critical battle in New Jersey at 1 p.m. Brown has the bye this weekend; the Bears host Vermont Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Series with Cornell
The Quakers and the Big Red have met 84 times, with Cornell winning 58, Penn winning 23, and the teams tying three times. One of the traditional powers nationally, Cornell has won four in a row over Penn, and the last time the Quakers won in Ithaca was 1997. Last year's game, played at Franklin Field, ended as a 12-6 win for the Big Red. That last time these teams met in Ithaca, Cornell gained a 21-11 victory.
The Big Red (5-2) -- NCAA finalists two years ago, and a semifinalist last year -- played Tuesday night, jumping on No. 12 Stony Brook early and rolling to a 17-9 win on Long Island. Last weekend, Cornell opened the Ivy season with a 10-8 win at 19th-ranked Yale. Rob Pannell, an All-America a year ago, entered the week leading the nation in points per game (5.33), and had eight (4g, 4a) against Stony Brook. David Lau scored five goals, while Steve Mock had four and Roy Lang added three. Lang and Lau have 15 points each, while Mock has 10 goals. In goal, AJ Fiore boasts a 7.99 goals-against average and has a .500 save percentage.
*The Quakers improved from 18th to 13th in this week's USILA national coaches poll, and are also 13th in the Inside Lacrosse media poll. Penn's highest rank in the USILA poll this season was ninth, after Week 2. (Cornell is 10th in the USILA poll, seventh in the Inside Lacrosse poll.)
*After playing five games in two weeks to start the season, Penn's schedule has slowed down -- Saturday's game is the only one the Quakers play this week. In fact, Penn will play just one more midweek game the rest of this season (April 20 at Saint Joseph's).
*Penn started 3-0 for the first time since 2007, and is 4-0 at Franklin Field this season with two games left at the venerable venue.
*Penn has held two different opponents to three goals this season, Duke and Princeton. The last time the Quakers held two different teams to three or fewer goals in a single season was 2001 (3 to Bucknell, 3 to Brown).
*Prior to this season, the last time Penn held ANY opponent to three goals was the 2006 season opener, a 19-3 win over Siena.
*Penn had seven different players score its eight goals vs. the Tigers, the second time that has happened this season (also Bucknell). In the season opener, the Quakers had six different players score their seven goals against Duke.
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (team): Penn entered the week sixth in scoring defense (7.2 GAA), seventh in caused turnovers per game (10.0), and 22nd in man-up offense (33.3 success).
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (individual): junior Will Koshansky entered the week third in caused turnovers per game (3.3) while freshman Maxx Meyer was 13th (2.0); freshman Brian Feeney was eighth in goals-against average (6.46) and 31st in save percentage (.530); senior Corey Winkoff was 26th in assists per game (1.5).
*IN THE IVY STATS: Feeney is second in overall goals-against average; Winkoff is fifth in overall assists per game; Danny Feeney is fifth in overall ground balls per game (4.00).
*After being held scoreless in Penn's first two games, Winkoff has 11 points in the last four contests. He has a team-high eight assists and is tied for the team lead with 10 points.
*Winkoff -- who had five assists two weeks ago at Villanova -- now has 77 assists in his career which is tied for fourth all-time at Penn with Jon Cusson (1994-97). Andy Crofton is third on the list; he had 86 from 1993-96.
*In a survey of the NCAA Division I SIDs, Winkoff's 77 career assists stand seventh among active players nationally.
*Senior Al Kohart, who had two goals and an assist last Saturday vs. Princeton, leads Penn with 10 goals and 13 points, while Winkoff has 12 points (3g, 9a).
*Junior John Conneely is third on the team with 11 points (6g, 5a), while sophomore Rob Fitzpatrick has nine points (5g, 4a). Junior Dan Savage has five goals.
*Fitzpatrick is the only Penn player to record a point in every game this season; Conneely has a point in five straight games, while Winkoff has a point in four straight.
*Conneely had Penn's first three-goal game this season, on March 4 against Lafayette; Kohart followed up with a three-goal game four days later at UNC.
*Koshansky, a long-stick middie, has four points this season (2g, 2a) and also leads Penn with 20 caused turnovers; Meyer is behind him in CTs (12), as are fellow close defensemen Brett Hughes (9) and Anthony Santomo (8).
*Meyer was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday, after he scored his first collegiate goal on offense and had two caused turnovers and four ground balls on defense. Meyer led a defensive effort that held Princeton to its lowest goal total in an Ivy League game since 2006 and its fewest in the Penn-Princeton series since 1987.
*Freshman Danny Feeney -- Brian's twin brother -- has been Penn's primary faceoff man through the first six games; he leads the Quakers with 24 ground balls, followed by Meyer (22) and Koshansky (20).
*That said, sophomore Nick Richards took four of Penn's draws last Saturday vs. Princeton, winning three and even scoring directly off one of them for his second collegiate goal.
*In goal, Brian Feeney has played every minute. He had seven saves and allowed just the three goals Saturday, putting him on the Ivy League Honor Roll.
*Penn returns four players who received All-Ivy honors last year -- senior Brett Hughes was a second-team All-Ivy pick, while Winkoff, Kohart and Conneely were honorable mention.
*Overall, Penn returns six of its top seven scorers from last year.