PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team has hit a minor skid, losing to a pair of Big Ten opponents in Maryland and Penn State last week. On Tuesday afternoon, the Quakers will look to right the ship in their final midweek game of the season. The teams have announced a new start time for Tuesday's game, first faceoff will now be at 4:30 p.m.
GAME 5 – PENN (2-2) at LAFAYETTE (1-2)
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 * 4:30 p.m.
Easton, Pa. (Fisher Field)
The Series with Lafayette
The Quakers hold a substantial, 36-3 lead over Leopards; these programs are meeting for the just the third time since 2003, the other two coming in 2010 (a 14-9 Lafayette win) and 2011 (a 7-6 Penn victory).
The Leopards opened the season with a win over Wagner, but since then they have lost Patriot League games to Colgate and Army. Tuesday's game represents Lafayette's home opener. Eric Joseph leads Lafayette with five goals, while Robert Orazietti has four and Sonny Round has three. The top point-getter is Jason Sands, with 10 (2g, 8a). Matt Cortese has started all three games in goal for the Leopards; he has a .577 save percentage and a 10.22 goals-against average.
*After losing a pair of games last week, Penn dropped to 20th in the latest Inside Lacrosse national media poll and is out of the USILA national coaches poll.
*Penn lost at Penn State on Saturday despite a hat trick from senior Chris Hupfeldt, the first of his career.
*Junior Nick Doktor had a massive game on Saturday, with two goals and five assists for a career-high seven points.
*Doktor enters this week third nationally in assists per game (3.00) and 18th in points per game (4.50).
*Senior Joe McCallion scored two more goals on Saturday, giving him nine in the last three games and 10 overall; he is 34th nationally in goals per game (2.50).
*Doktor continues to lead Penn in points, with 18 (6g, 12a), while McCallion has 12 (10g, 2a).
*Peter Laco scored his first collegiate points on Saturday, with a goal and an assist, while Pat Berkery and Chris Moriarty scored their first goals of the season.
*In last Tuesday’s loss at Maryland, McCallion scored a career-high four goals to lead the Penn attack (Doktor assisted on all of those goals).
*Penn’s other goals at Maryland came from senior Isaac Bock and freshmen Reilly Hupfeldt and Kevin McGeary. McGeary is third on the team with five goals overall, while Hupfeldt has four (as does his older brother Chris).
*Penn started the season 2-0 for the third time in Mike Murphy’s six seasons, the other two being 2011 (when Penn started 3-0) and 2013 (2-0).
*On February 17, Penn gave up the first seven goals to Saint Joseph’s and was still down 9-4 to the Hawks entering the final quarter before rallying to win, 11-10, in overtime.
*Doktor had the OT winner to finish off a four-point game (2g, 2a); he was one of two Penn players to record four points in the contest, McCallion being the other one (3g, 1a).
*Overall, eight different players scored Penn’s 11 goals including freshman long-stick middie Connor Keating who netted his first as a collegian. (Keating has missed the last two games due to injury.)
*The Quakers opened the 2015 season with a 10-8 win over UMBC on February 14 at Franklin Field.
*McGeary led the Penn attack against the Retrievers, scoring three goals in his collegiate debut.
*Sophomore Austin Kreinz has three goals this season, two against UMBC and one vs. Saint Joseph’s.
*Junior Rob Savage is seeing his first action on the face-off X this season, and the early returns have been promising as he boasts a .529 win percentage (37/70) which has him 35th nationally entering the week.
*Junior Jimmy Sestilio has started all four games in goal for Penn; after sharing duty in the first three games with senior John Lopes, he went the distance on Saturday at Penn State.
*Sestilio enters the week 24th nationally in save percentage (.557) and 37th in saves per game (9.75).
*After its outstanding season a year ago -- 11 wins, an Ivy League Tournament title, the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Championship -- Penn was ranked in all three preseason polls for 2015. Lacrosse Magazine listed the Quakers at No. 11, while both Inside Lacrosse and the USILA coaches poll placed Penn 13th.
*As has become common under head coach Mike Murphy, Penn’s 2015 schedule boasts five teams ranked in the USILA preseason poll (No. 8 Maryland, No. 10 Cornell, No. 11 Harvard, No. 14 Penn State, No. 15 Yale) and three others that received votes (Princeton, Villanova, Brown).
*Senior defenseman Matt McMahon, an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year, received 2015 preseason All-America Honorable Mention recognition from Inside Lacrosse.
*McMahon and McCallion (midfield) were Major League Lacrosse draft picks in late January. McMahon went to the Ohio Machine in the fifth round (35th pick overall), while McCallion went to the Denver Outlaws in the seventh round (52nd overall).
*Coincidentally, those two players were voted to be this year’s captains by their teammates.
Penn in the ACC Tournament?!?!
That’s right, the Quakers will play one of the ACC’s highly ranked teams as part of the weekend-long event at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Penn’s game is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $25, and we urge Penn fans to purchase them in advance through the Penn Athletics Ticket Office (215-898-6151 or online at www.PennAthletics.com/Tickets).