PHILADELPHIA – After a week off, the unbeatenand 16th-ranked University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team gets back into action Tuesday evening at No. 11 University of Maryland. The Quakers and the Terps will face off at 5 p.m.
GAME 3 – #16 PENN (2-0) at #11 MARYLAND (1-1)
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 * 5 p.m.
Byrd Stadium (College Park, Md.)
The Series with Maryland
Unlike a week ago, when Penn faced a team it had not lost to in 11 meetings, on Tuesday the Quakers will face off with a program they have never beaten. Maryland has won all 12 previous meetings in the series, most recently a 10-7 decision during the 2010 season (ending a seven-year stretch that saw the teams play yearly). That game was played in College Park, one of six that have been on the UM campus.
The Terrapins opened the season with an 8-1 win over Navy, but on Saturday fell to another Ivy League program in Yale, 10-6. This game is Maryland’s home opener. Henry West has a team-high four goals and is tied for the team lead in points (5) with Matt Rambo (3g, 2a). Joe LoCascio, Jay Carlson and Dylan Maltz have all scored twice. In goal, Kyle Bernlohr has played every minute; he has a 5.50 goals-against average and a .686 save percentage.
*Penn enters the week ranked 11th in both the Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine polls, and 16th in the USILA national coaches’ poll.
*Penn is 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).
*Last Tuesday, 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.
*Nick Doktor, who leads Penn in scoring with seven points, had the OT winner to finish off a four-point game (2g, 2a).
*Doktor was one of two Penn players to record four points on the night; the other was senior middie Joe McCallion (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.
*The Quakers opened the 2015 season with a 10-8 win over UMBC on February 14 at Franklin Field.
*Freshman Kevin McGeary led the Penn attack against the Retrievers, scoring three goals in his collegiate debut; he then added a goal at Saint Joseph’s last Tuesday.
*Sophomore Austin Kreinz has three goals this season, two against UMBC and one vs. Saint Joseph’s.
*Junior Jimmy Sestilio has started both games in goal for Penn, he has made 15 saves and allowed 12 goals.
*Senior John Lopes has played after halftime in both games; last Tuesday, he made two saves in OT before Penn gained the victory later in the extra session. Overall, his goals-against average is an outstanding 5.70.
*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.
*Offensively, Penn returns nine of its top 11 scorers from a year ago including last year’s top point-getter in Doktor (23g, 19a, 42 pts). Senior Isaac Bock tied for third on the team in all three categories last year, as well, with 18 goals and nine assists for 27 points. Sophomore Kevin Brown also scored 18 goals and finished the season with 23 points.
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).