PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team has held serve at home, winning each of its first three games at Franklin Field. The Quakers take their act on the road this week, starting with Tuesday night and a matchup against North Carolina. The ninth-ranked Quakers and 15th-ranked Tar Heels will face off at 7 p.m. from Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, where Carolina has not lost a game in the Joe Breschi coaching era (16-0).
The Series with North Carolina
The Quakers and the Tar Heels have met 11 times previously, with UNC holding a 7-4 lead in the series. That said, Penn has won the only meeting since 2000, gaining a 13-4 win on March 7, 2006 in Chapel Hill. (Penn would go on to play in the NCAA Championship first round that year, the last time the Quakers have made the postseason.)
The Tar Heels (3-1) have beaten Navy and UMBC the last two weekends. Marcus Holman had four goals in the win over the Retrievers, while Nicky Galasso had two goals and three assists. At the other end, Chris Madalon tied a career high with 14 saves. Galasso leads UNC in scoring, with 16 points (9g, 7a), while Billy Bitter has 12. Both Holman and Thomas Wood have 10 points. In goal, Madalon has a .523 save percentage and a 10.25 goals-against average.
*After its win over Bucknell and Lafayette last week, Penn is ranked ninth in this week's USILA national coaches poll (up from 14th a week ago).
*Tuesday's game is the fourth of five that Penn will play in a two-week span, a fact tempered by the fact that four of them are in the Philadelphia area. The five-game run ends Saturday, when the Quakers are at Villanova.
*Penn is 3-0 for the first time since 2007; the last time the Quakers were 4-0 was 2006, the last time they made the postseason. Penn started that season 6-0.
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS: Penn is second in scoring defense, allowing 5.0 goals per game which is behind only Rutgers (3.5); the Quakers are also 12th nationally in man-downdefense and 14th in caused turnovers pergame.
*Penn had six different players score its seven goals last Saturday against Duke, and then seven different players scored the Quakers' eight goals last Tuesday against Bucknell. Four different players scored Friday night vs. Lafayette.
*Junior John Conneely had Penn's first three-goal game this season on Friday; he also added an assists. Conneely is tied for the team lead with six points (4g, 2a).
*Junior Al Kohart had two goals on Friday; he leads Penn with five goals, and is tied with Conneely for the scoring lead with six points.
*Rob Fitzpatrick had a goal and an assist Friday night; he is third on the team with five points overall (3g, 2a).
*After he started the season with two scoreless games, it was good to see senior Corey Winkoff get three points Friday against Lafayette. He was Penn's leading scorer a year ago.
*Winkoff had two assists Friday night, giving him 70 for his career which is sixth on the program's all-time list.
*Two other players have scored twice this season -- junior Dan Savage and sophomore Ryan Parietti.
*Junior long-stick middie Will Koshansky leads Penn and is fifth nationally with nine caused turnovers; two behind him, and 12th nationally,is freshman Maxx Meyer.
*Danny Feeney has been Penn's faceoff man the first three games; he leads the Quakers with 14 ground balls, followed by Koshansky (10) and Meyer (9).
*Freshman Brian Feeney -- Danny's twin brother -- has played every minute in goal for Penn. He has a .559 save percentage and a 5.00 goals-against average which is third nationally.
*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.