PHILADELPHIA – If history is any indication, the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team needs to win all three of its remaining Ivy League games if it wants to be a part of this year’s Ivy League Tournament. The first of those three games takes place Saturday in Providence, as the Quakers face off with 10th-ranked Brown at 3 p.m.
GAME 10 – PENN (3-6, 0-3 Ivy League) at #10 BROWN (8-1, 2-0)
Saturday, April 4, 2015 * 3 p.m.
Providence, R.I. (Stevenson Field)
*The Bears lead the series, 31-21, but the Quakers have won the last two meetings, 10-8 last year in Philadelphia and 10-3 two years ago in Providence.
*This is another hotly contested Ivy rivalry; since 2002, eight of the last 13 games have been decided by two goals or less.
The 10th-ranked Bears have defeated Harvard and Princeton in Ivy League play already this season; their only loss came by a goal to Bucknell. Brown entered the week second in the nation in scoring offense and third in scoring margin. Dylan Molloy has been a revelation for Brown; only a sophomore, he leads the nation with 41 goals and is second nationally with 59 points. Henry Blynn has scored 21 goals, while Kylor Bellistri has 20 and Brendan Caputo has 15. At the other end, Jack Kelly has started every game in goal and boasts a .569 save percentage (ninth nationally) as well as a 9.27 goals-against average. On defense, Larken Kemp is second nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.50) and leads a defensive unit that is No. 1 in the nation in that category.
Around the Ivy League
All seven teams are in action on Saturday. In addition to the Quakers and the Bears, Cornell (3-0 Ivy) is at Harvard (0-2) at 1 p.m. and Dartmouth (1-1) is at Yale (1-2) at 3 p.m. Princeton (2-1) has the bye this weekend and is at Stony Brooke for a 3 p.m. faceoff.
McMahon A Candidate For Senior CLASS Award
The Senior CLASS Award has announced its 20 candidates for the 2015 men’s lacrosse season, and Penn senior Matt McMahon is one of them! To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
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).
Penn in the National Rankings
*Junior Nick Doktor entered the week leading the Ivy League and third nationally in assists per game (2.78) as well as 23rd nationally in points per game (4.11).
*Senior defenseman Matt McMahon, an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year, received 2015 preseason All-America Honorable Mention recognition from Inside Lacrosse; he entered the week second among Ivy League players and eighth nationally in caused turnovers per game (1.89).
*Freshman Reilly Hupfeldt, who had six points against Princeton (4g, 2a), is second among Ivy players and 13th nationally with five man-up goals this season; senior Joe McCallion is 25th in that category, with four.
*Brown is the fifth straight ranked team Penn has played this season, and the sixth ranked team the Quakers have seen in their last seven games.
*In Penn’s loss to Yale last Saturday, the Quakers got two goals each from freshmen Kevin McGeary and Connor Keating; for Keating, a long-stick middie, they were his second and third goals this season.
*After going scoreless over a three-game span, McGeary has five points (3g, 2a) in Penn’s last three outings.
*Penn has had a player record at least a hat trick in eight of nine games this season, and perhaps just as impressive they have come from six different players: seniors Joe McCallion (Cornell, Maryland, Saint Joseph’s), Isaac Bock (Villanova), Chris Moriarty (Lafayette), and Chris Hupfeldt (at Penn State); and freshmen Reilly Hupfeldt (Princeton) and Kevin McGeary (UMBC).
*Doktor is the only Penn player to record at least a point in every game this season; in fact, he has a 23-game point-scoring streak that dates back to the second game of last season.
*Doktor continues to lead Penn in points, with 37 (12g, 25a); he has recorded at least two points in every game this season including a seven-point game (Penn State) and two six-point outings (Princeton, Villanova).
*Doktor needs five points to reach 100 for his career (47g, 48a); the last Penn player to reach that milestone was Corey Winkoff, who graduated in 2011 with 135 career points.
*McCallion has 25 points this season (18g, 7a), which is exactly the same number he had in his first three seasons combined (11g, 14).
*McCallion scored four goals at Cornell on March 21, matching a career high he set earlier this season at Maryland.
*Bock had a four-game goal-scoring streak snapped last Saturday against Yale; he has scored in six of nine contests this season (including three against Villanova on March 7).
*Junior Pat Berkery has a six-game point-scoring streak and has scored a goal in five of those six contests.
*Moriarty has four goals this season; he entered the campaign with just two for his career.
*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 against the Hawks including Keating who netted his first as a collegian.
*The Quakers opened the 2015 season with a 10-8 win over UMBC on February 14 at Franklin Field, the earliest start to a season in program history, as McGeary scored three goals in his collegiate debut.
*Junior Rob Savage and freshman Chris Santangelo have taken almost all of Penn’s face-offs this season; Savage has a .477 win percentage in 128 draws, while Santangelo has a .550 win percentage in 80 draws.
*Junior Jimmy Sestilio has started all nine games in goal for Penn, sharing duties with senior John Lopes in six of them.
*Sestilio entered the week with a .465 save percentage and a 12.58 goals-against average, while Lopes has a .448 save percentage and a 9.83 GAA.
*Lopes’ best effort so far this year came at Cornell, when he stepped on at halftime and made nine saves over 39 minutes of action before finally allowing a goal in the third overtime.
*Penn has five players who were UnderArmour All-America selections in high school: juniors Nick Doktor, Pat Berkery and Sam Rohr; sophomore Kevin Gayhardt; and freshman Connor Keating.
*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.
*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.