PHILADELPHIA – After clinching an Ivy League Tournament berth on Saturday with its 14-13 win over Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team goes out of conference for two of its last three games. The first of those comes Tuesday night, when the Quakers make a trip down to Baltimore to renew their series with UMBC at 7 p.m.
GAME 12 – PENN (6-5, 3-2 Ivy League) at UMBC (3-8)
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 * 7 p.m.
UMBC Stadium (Baltimore, Md.)
The Series with UMBC
The Quakers lead the series, 6-2, and took a 10-8 decision last year on Franklin Field in Philadelphia. These teams also met in 2006 and 2007, both games going to overtime with Penn winning it in 2006 and UMBC in 2007. This will mark Penn’s fourth trip to UMBC.
After a slow start this season, UMBC is 2-2 in the last four games. The Retrievers’ wins have come against Marist, Lafayette and Mount St. Mary’s. Nate Lewnes leads the UMBC attack; he has 27 goals and 34 points this season. Max Maxwell has a team-high 20 assists and is second with 32 points, while both Jack Andrews and Jack Gannon have 21 points apiece. Max Haldeman has scored 10 goals and dished off four assists. At the other end, UMBC has started three different goalies this season. Ruston Souder has seen the most action; he has a .500 save percentage and an 11.48 GAA.
*Penn enters the week 10th in man-up offense (.447); 11th in saves per game (12.18); 16th in assists per game (6.73); and 18th in points per game (17.64).
*Senior attackman Nick Doktor enters the week second nationally in assists per game (2.73) and 22nd in points per game (3.82).
*Freshman goalkeeper Reed Junkin enters the week eighth nationally in saves per game (12.00).
*Freshman middie Alex Roesner enters the weekend third nationally in man-up goals (7), while sophomore Reilly Hupfeldt is 11th (6).
*Hupfeldt also is 14th nationally in shot percentage (.444).
*Senior Nick Doktor leads the Quakers with 42 points (12g, 30a) and has recorded at least two points in all but one game so far this season.
*His 30 assists so far this season is sixth on Penn's single-season list; he needs five to catch Jon Cusson (1997) and Chris Conforti (1991) in fourth place.
*Doktor -- a second-team All-Ivy pick last year, and a second-round MLL pick earlier this year – is fourth on Penn’s all-time assists list with 89; he needs five to catch Peter Hollis (1975-77) in third.
*Doktor is seventh on Penn’s all-time points list with 157; he needs seven to catch W. Kelso Morrill (1982-85) in sixth.
*Doktor -- who was on the original Tewaaraton Award Preseason Watch List, released in March -- has a point-scoring streak of 38 games dating back to the 2014 season; the streak is tied for eighth-longest in the nation.
Quaker Notemeal of Note
*According to Laxpower.com, Penn enters this week with the No. 2 Strength of Schedule nationally, behind only UMass.
*Sophomore Chris Santangelo has a .687 win percentage on the face-off X over the last three games, with 46 wins on 67 draws (16/22 at Yale, 11/18 vs. Brown, 19/27 vs. Harvard).
*Six different players have a double-figure goal total this season: Simon Mathias (20 goals), Reilly Hupfeldt (20), Alex Roesner (16), Kevin McGeary (14), Nick Doktor (12) and sophomore long pole Connor Keating (10).
*A seventh player, freshman Tyler Dunn, is up to nine goals after scoring twice in each of the last two games and three of Penn’s last five. Seven of his nine tallies this season have been unassisted.
*Breaking Penn’s 120 goals down by class: Freshmen, 49; sophomores, 45; juniors, 7; seniors, 19.
*Doktor and Mathias are the only Penn players to record a point in every game so far this season.
*In the Inside Lacrosse Early-Season Freshman Rankings, released March 10, Junkin was ranked fourth while defenseman Noah Lejman ranked 16th.