PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team is done with Ivy League play, and will know its Ivy League Tournament fate before it takes the field Saturday afternoon with first-time foe Bellarmine. The Quakers and Knights are meeting in a neutral-site affair at Radnor (Pa.) High School to punctuate the annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival.
GAME 12 – #18 PENN (7-4) vs. BELLARMINE (7-6)
Saturday, April 27, 2013 * 5:30 p.m.
Radnor (Pa.) High School
Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival information
The Series with Bellarmine
The Quakers and the Knights are meeting for the first time in men’s lacrosse.
The Knights (7-6) hail from Louisville, Ky.; this is Bellarmine’s ninth season fielding a varsity lacrosse program, and they play in the ECAC. Bellarmine was ranked earlier this season, and among the Knights’ results this season they fell in double overtime to No. 1 Denver (11-10), by two to defending NCAA champion Loyola (8-6), and by five to traditional power Virginia (12-7). On Tuesday, they lost in overtime to Marquette, 9-8, despite four goals from Will Cary. Cameron Gardner leads Bellarmine in scoring, with 26 goals and 31 points, while Michael Ward has 32 points (21g, 11a) and Lance Robinson has 25 (16g, 9a). In goal, the Knights boast the national leader in save percentage in Dillon Ward (.667).
Penn has the bye from Ivy League play this weekend, but on the final Saturday of conference play the Quakers will certainly be interested in what happens in Cambridge (Yale vs. Harvard, 2 p.m.) and at the Meadowlands (Cornell vs. Princeton, 4 p.m.) ahead of their 5:30 faceoff. If you’re a Penn fan, the Yale-Harvard game is the one that matters; if the Bulldogs win, Penn is in the Ivy League Tournament, but if the Crimson win the Quakers are out because of tiebreakers. IF YALE WINS, Penn’s seeding is set by the Cornell-Princeton results (third seed if the Big Red win, fourth seed if the Tigers win).
*Penn is ranked No. 18 again this week in the USILA national coaches poll; the Quakers’ No. 9 ranking on March 17 was its best in that poll since the Quakers were seventh in the April 10, 2006 poll.
*In the latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings, released Monday, Penn was at No. 14 which was behind only Cornell (5) and Yale (11) among Ivy institutions.
*This week’s RPI of Penn’s opponents to date: Denver (1), Cornell (5), Duke (7), Yale (11), Lehigh (17), Princeton (18), Villanova (21), Brown (25), Harvard (27), Dartmouth (38), Saint Joseph’s (52). Bellarmine’s RPI is 30.
*A look at the Laxpower.com computer rankings on Monday showed that, after a few weeks of being No. 1, Penn’s strength of schedule is ranked second among Division I programs this week behind Villanova. High strength of schedule is a continuing trend in the Mike Murphy era, as the Quakers ended each of the last two seasons with the toughest schedule in the country.
*Six of Penn’s 11 opponents to date are in this week’s USILA national coaches’ poll: No. 4 Denver (L), No. 5 Duke (W), No. 6 Cornell (L), No. 12 Princeton (W), No. 15 Yale (L), No. 16 Lehigh (W). Another opponent, Villanova, is one of four teams also receiving votes.
*Penn held Dartmouth to just two goals last weekend, the fewest goals the Quakers have allowed in a game since March 5, 2002 (an 11-2 win over Saint Joseph’s). The last time Penn held an Ivy opponent to two goals? Try March 20, 1999 (7-2 win over Yale).
*Penn’s defense has also held a team to three goals (Brown, 4/6); four goals (Lehigh (3/5); and five goals (Saint Joseph’s, 2/26). Overall, the Quakers’ 7.45 goals-against average this season ranks them fifth nationally.
*Penn had at least six goal-scorers in each of its first six games, before having just four players score at Cornell and five vs. Yale. The number has gotten back up to six each of the last three weeks against Brown, Harvard and Dartmouth.
*Three times this season the Quakers have had just six goals in a game; in two of those contests, six different players scored those six goals (Saint Joseph’s and Lehigh), while against Yale five players scored. (Two weeks ago, six different players scored Penn’s seven goals at Harvard.)
*Fifteen different players have scored Penn's 101 goals, and the Quakers have 56 unassisted goals vs. 45 assisted; in other words, a lot of guys are finding a lot of different ways to score.
*Penn has outscored its opponents in the fourth quarter, 37-17, so far this season including 12-2 in the last three games (3-0 at Brown, 4-1 at Harvard, 5-1 vs. Dartmouth).
*Penn has outshot its opponents 239-160 in the second half this season (112-70 in the third quarter, 127-90 in the fourth).
*After going 9-of-10 on man-up situations over a four-game span (10-of-12 over five games), Penn has gone just 2-of-9 in such situations the last two weekends. The Quakers are seventh nationally in man-up offense, with a .455 success rate.
*NATIONAL STATS: Junior goalie Brian Feeney is sixth in goals-against average (7.43) and 10th in save percentage (.586); senior defenseman Anthony Santomo is 11th in caused turnovers per game (2.09); junior Danny Feeney is 14th in face-off win percentage (.572); and 24th in ground balls per game (5.82); senior attackman Tim Schwalje is 19th in assists per game (1.91).
*Schwalje was Penn's leading returning scorer from last year, and he leads the team so far this season in assists (21) and points (36).
*Schwalje had hat tricks against Duke and Denver, and has gone for multiple points in each of the last nine games after opening the season with seven points against Duke.
*Schwalje has a point in 23 straight games; he is the only Penn player to have a point in every game so far this season. (In addition, he has scored in all but one game this season, at Brown on April 13.)
*Junior Zack Losco has 14 goals in Penn’s last seven games and 17 in the last nine, including hat tricks against Villanova and Denver.
*Losco leads the Quakers with 19 goals, and has scored at least two goals in seven of Penn’s last nine games (he was held without a goal March 5 at Lehigh, and had one on April 13 at Harvard).
*Sophomore Isaac Bock scored once last season; this season, he is second on the team with 18 goals. That includes a four-goal game in the season opener against Duke and hat tricks vs. Villanova, Princeton and Brown.
*After a stellar freshman campaign in 2011, Drew Belinsky broke his ankle prior to his sophomore season and never seemed to fully get over it. This year, as a junior he has 20 points so far (12g, 8a).
*Belinsky has seven multi-point outings this season, including five in the last seven games.
*In his collegiate debut, freshman Nick Doktor scored twice; in fact, in his first quarter as a collegian he scored twice. He has 13 points so far this season (10g, 3a), and on March 9 vs. Villanova he recorded his first collegiate hat trick.
*Doktor had an eight-game point-scoring streak ended last weekend vs. Dartmouth; he has at least a point in nine of 11 contests so far this season.
*Another freshman, Mark Leonhard, has a point in each of the last three games (goals against Brown and Dartmouth, assist at Harvard); he also scored in his first collegiate game, then again on March 5 at Lehigh.
*Junior Alex Blonsky scored at Harvard on April 13, becoming the third different long pole to score for Penn this season (also Anthony Santomo twice and Matt Machucki twice).
*Another long-stick defenseman, Maxx Meyer, had an assist last weekend against Dartmouth.
*Sophomores Will Laco and Chris Hupfeldt saw no game action last year (Hupfeldt due to injury); Laco had a three-game goal-scoring streak earlier this season and assisted a goal at Brown, while "Hup" has had goals against Saint Joseph's and Denver and recorded assists at Cornell and Brown.
*Santomo’s goals this season have been the captain's first collegiate goals; he is joined as a captain by Schwalje, Meyer, and fellow classmate Brendan Engelke, a goalie.
*Santomo -- who was added to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List two weeks ago -- leads Penn with 23 caused turnovers, while Meyer has 17 and sophomore close defenseman Matt McMahon has 14; Meyer also has 32 ground balls. As a team, Penn is 13th nationally in caused turnovers per game.
*Junior Danny Feeney has taken a majority of Penn's faceoffs this season (173 of 220); he has a .572 win percentage on the X and a team-high 64 ground balls.
*Feeney went 9-of-15 on the X last Saturday vs. Dartmouth, and is 34-of-49 (.694 win percentage) in the last three games. He has also been over 50 percent against Harvard (13-18), Brown (12-16), Cornell (9-17), Villanova (16-23), Denver (8-14) and Saint Joseph’s (8-12).
*Sophomore Joe McCallion, who is running on the second midfield -- he has three goals and two assists this season -- has taken 46 faceoffs this season and has a .413 win percentage.
*Keep an eye on No. 28, Matt Machucki; after three years as an attackman, the sizable senior has moved into a long-stick middie position. With the long stick, he has scored his first collegiate goals (against Princeton and Cornell).
*In goal, junior Brian Feeney had 10 saves while allowing just two goals last Saturday vs. Dartmouth; that is an .833 save percentage, matching the career high he set two weeks earlier at Brown (15 saves, 3 goals) and just ahead of the .810 he put up against Lehigh on March 5 (17 saves, 4 goals).
*Feeney is the only goalie to have three games with an .800 or better save percentage (playing at least three quarters); in fact, only Cornell’s AJ Fiore has two such games this season.
*Penn has five players who were UnderArmour All-America selections in high school: juniors Drew Belinsky and Brian Feeney, and freshmen Nick Doktor, Pat Berkery and Sam Rohr (both Berkery and Rohr are expected to miss this season due to injury).
*Sophomores Joe McCallion and Chris Hupfeldt were seniors on the Haverford School (Pa.) boys' lacrosse team that ended the 2011 season ranked as the No. 1 high school program in the country.
*Two other players who have not yet seen time this year, Berkery and freshman Rob Savage, were on the Garden City (N.Y.) team that was ranked No. 1 at the end of last year.
*If the Savage name looks familiar to Penn fans, your intuition is correct -- Rob is indeed the brother of Dan Savage, who graduated last year and played four years on the Quaker lacrosse team.
*Penn lacrosse continues to be a family affair for McCallion, whose sister, Kelly, is a senior and a member of the Quakers' Ivy League champion women's lacrosse team.
*If Saturday's game gets to overtime, beware Drew Belinsky; as a freshman, he scored the OT winner in two different games, against Yale and Harvard.
*Penn welcomed two former Quaker football players to the roster this season, seniors Dave Twamley and C.J. Mooney. Both players were starters on defense for the Ivy League champs this fall -- in fact, they won three rings during their tenure on the gridiron -- and Twamley was a second-team All-Ivy recipient. Twamley has seen regular game action in the midfield.