Men's Lacrosse Closes Regular Season at Dartmouth

PHILADELPHIA - With one game left in the regular season, the Penn men's lacrosse team is looking to keep itself in the hunt for the fourth and final postseason berth for the inaugural Ivy League Tournament May 7 and 9. It's a long shot, but the Quakers can do their part by winning their season finale this Saturday at Dartmouth. The Quakers and Big Green will face off at 1 p.m.

A hard-luck team to this point, Penn finally got its first Ivy win under head coach Mike Murphy last Saturday with a 12-7 decision over Harvard. The Quakers are in a unique position this weekend, closing out the conference portion while everyone else still has another weekend left.

The Series
Penn has won fourin a rowagainst Dartmouth, including a 12-9 decision last year at Franklin Field. However, the four games before that were all decided by a goal -- the Quakers needed overtime to win 10-9 in 2008, took an 8-7 decision in 2007, and won 10-9 in Hanover in 2006. Dartmouth was victorious, 8-7, in 2005.

Around the Ivy League
Although Penn finishes its regular season this weekend, everyone else except Yale (3-2) has two conference games left which leaves the Ivy League tournament chase wide open. Things figure to be more cut and dry by about 3 p.m. Saturday, as three Ivy games take place at 1. In addition to Penn-Dartmouth, you have Brown (2-2) at Cornell (3-1) and Princeton (4-0) at Harvard (1-3). Yale has the bye this week. On May 1, Dartmouth is at Brown, Harvard is at Yale, and Cornell is at Princeton.

About Dartmouth
The Big Green (4-6) is just 1-3 in the Ivies, but like Penn they are not a team to be taken lightly - that lone Ivy League win came against Cornell. Most recently, Dartmouth defeated Vermont, 18-13, on Tuesday. Prior to that, though, the Green had scored just five goals in two games (3 vs. Yale, 2 vs. Princeton). Ari Sussman had seven points vs. UVM and leads Dartmouth with 36 this season (22g, 14a). Josh Etzion (15g, 9a) and Chris Costabile (17g, 5a) also pace the attack. In goal. Fergus Campbell played 53 minutes and got the win Tuesday, while Michael Novosel also saw time.

Penn Notes
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (TEAM): Penn entered the week third nationally in man-up offense (.533 success), 19th in assists per game (6.33), 21st in shot percentage (.305), and 22nd in face-off win percentage (.535).

*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (INDIVIDUAL): Justin Lynch entered the week third in ground balls per game (6.75) and 24th in face-off win percentage (.545); Corey Winkoff was 23rd in assists per game (1.67).

*IN THE IVY LEAGUE STATS: Penn leads the League in overall man-up offense and man-up goals per game (2.00); Lynch is tops in ground balls per game; Al Kohart is second in man-up goals per game (0.58) while John Conneely is fifth (0.50); Winkoff is second in assists per game.

*According to LaxPower.com, Penn's strength of schedule is once again 13th among all Division I teams this week, and second among Ivy schools (Princeton is ninth).

*Penn had six goalscorers last weekend against Harvard; the Quakers have had at least six different goalscorers in nine of 12 games this season.

*Winkoff (Penn's leader with 21 assists and 37 points) had a 16-game point-scoring streak broken three weeks ago against Cornell; he has responded with 12 points in the Quakers' last three games.

*The leading assist man for Penn since he arrived on campus, Winkoff has 64 dishes for his career; the junior is ninth on the Quakers' all-time list, and needs two to reach Bill Morrill (1982-85) and Richard Bennett (1967-69) in seventh place.

*Kohart leads Penn with 20 goals; the MVP of the DU Face-Off Classic has seven goals in Penn's last three games.

*Senior Rob McMullen, who entered this season with nine collegiate goals, is second on the team with 17 tallies.

*Conneely is second on the team in assists (16) and points (31). He has recorded at least two points in 10 of Penn's 12 games, including four in each of the Quakers' last two outings.

*With nine goals in Penn's last four games -- including a pair of three-goal outings vs. Cornell and Yale -- sophomore Dan Savage now has 23 points (16g, 7a).

*Savage also has a team-high eight-game point-scoring streak.

*Freshman Rob Fitzpatrick is Penn's top-scoring newcomer, with 16 points (12g, 4a); he has recorded at least a point in all but two games this season.

*Sophomore Tim Schwalje entered the Princeton game with two career points (1g, 1a), but has racked up two goals and eight assists in the last five contests.

*Sophomore Will Amling (10g, 2a, 12 pts) has scored in eight different games this season; he had his second three-point game of the season last weekend vs. Harvard, with two goals and an assist.

*Senior Ryan Bailey, who missed all of last year with a knee injury, scored three weeks ago at Yale. It was his first goal since March 15, 2008 -- also against Yale.

*Sophomore Will Koshansky has a team-high 14 caused turnovers, followed by Joe Kelly (10), Brendan Saxon (10), Tommy Dodge (9) and Brett Hughes (8).

*After Lynch (81), Kelly is second on the team in ground balls with 37; Hughes (19) is third, followed by Saxon and Koshansky (17 each).

*With senior Chris Casey suffering a season-ending injury prior to the Yale game, the goalkeeping duties fall to sophomore Joe Hegener; he has 33 saves in the last three games, and his season numbers are 10.25 goals-against average and .489 save percentage.