PHILADELPHIA – After clinching an Ivy League Tournament berth last Saturday with a win over Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team makes the long trip to Hanover to take on a scuffling Dartmouth squad. The Quakers can clinch a No. 3 seed in the Ivy Tournament with a win, before taking a bye from league play on the final weekend. Penn and Dartmouth face off at 1 p.m.
GAME 13 – PENN (7-5, 3-2 Ivy League) at DARTMOUTH (1-11, 0-4)
Saturday, April 23, 2016 * 1 p.m.
Scully-Fahey Field (Hanover, N.H.)
Around the Ivy League
All seven teams are in action on Saturday. In league play, Princeton (1-3) and Harvard (2-2) get things started at noon in Cambridge. At 1 p.m., in addition to the Penn-Dartmouth game in Hanover, Brown (4-0) is at Cornell (1-3). Yale (4-1) has the bye this weekend, and hosts Albany at noon.
The Series with Dartmouth
The Quakers hold a 41-27 advantage in this matchup and have won three in a row, four of the last five, and eight of the last 10. Last year’s 15-12 win in Philadelphia went against the grain of the previous two years, when Penn held the Big Green to just five goals combined (2 in 2013, 3 in 2014).
Like Penn, the Big Green played midweek, falling 11-10 to UMass Lowell. Dartmouth’s lone win this year came against Michigan, 13-12. Wiley Osborne leads the Big Green attack, as he tops the team in goals (20), assists (13) and points (33). Jack Korzelius has 15 goals and 21 points, while Richie Loftus has 13 goals and 16 points. Evan Key has 14 points (8g, 6a). At the other end, Blair Friedensohn has six starts with a .473 save percentage, while Joe Balaban has five starts and a .467 save percentage.
*Penn entered 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 entered the week second nationally in assists per game (2.73) and 22nd in points per game (3.82).
*Freshman goalkeeper Reed Junkin entered the week eighth nationally in saves per game (12.00).
*Freshman middie Alex Roesner entered the weekend third nationally in man-up goals (7), while sophomore Reilly Hupfeldt was 11th (6).
*Hupfeldt also was 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 two games so far this season.
*Doktor’s 30 assists puts him sixth on Penn’s single-season list; he needs five to catch Jon Cusson (1997) and Chris Conforti (1991) in fourth.
*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 -- had a point-scoring streak of 38 games end on Tuesday at UMBC; the streak was tied for eighth-longest in the nation.
Quaker Notemeal of Note
*According to Laxpower.com, Penn entered this week with the No. 2 Strength of Schedule nationally, behind only UMass.
*Sophomore Chris Santangelo has a .698 win percentage on the face-off X over the last four games, with 60 wins on 86 draws (16/22 at Yale, 11/18 vs. Brown, 19/27 vs. Harvard, 14/19 at UMBC).
*Sophomore different players have a double-figure goal total this season: Simon Mathias (23 goals), Reilly Hupfeldt (21), Alex Roesner (16), Kevin McGeary (15), Nick Doktor (12), sophomore long pole Connor Keating (12), and freshman Tyler Dunn (10).
*Dunn scored twice in each of the last two games and three of Penn’s last five before going for just one Tuesday at UMBC. Eight of Dunn’s 10 goals this season have been unassisted.
*Breaking Penn’s 128 goals down by class: Freshmen, 53; sophomores, 49; juniors, 7; seniors, 19.
*Mathias, a freshman, is the only Penn player 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.