Men's Lacrosse Closes Regular Season With Denver

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team has a lot at stake when it takes the field Saturday against Denver -- like maybe a bid into the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years.

Some notes heading into Saturday's 1 p.m. matchup...

• Penn (6-6, 3-3 Ivy League) closes out the 2007 regular season, and the Quakers are looking to finish above .500 overall for the second-straight year.

• Saturday's game also represents the final home games for seven seniors -- David Cornbrooks, Mark Haase, Matt Kelleher, Gregory Klossner, Ben Newton, Alex Salihi and Alex Staffier.

• Penn and Denver have met only one other time, in 2005 when the Pioneers pulled out a 7-6 decision in Denver.

• Penn is not only playing for a winning record; depending on what you read or who you talk to, a Quaker win bolsters their NCAA resume. Inside Lacrosse had Penn as last team into the 16-team field two weeks ago, but had them as first team out this week. Regardless, in a topsy-turvy season across the country, Penn is most definitely a bubble team thanks to its strength of schedule.

• Penn has not played in two weeks, most recently losing to No. 7 Maryland, 14-10, here at Franklin Field.

• J.J. Lian led the Quakers against the Terps, with his first collegiate three-goal game; Craig Andrzejewski had two goals and an assist, while Garvey Heiderman also scored twice.

• Andrzejewski entered the week leading the Ivy League and tied for sixth nationally in points per game (4.00); he was second in the Ivies and fifth nationally in assists per game (2.00) and tied for seventh in assists per game (2.00).

• Salihi has 22 points (14g, 8a), while Casey O'Rourke has 20 (12g, 8a). Cornbrooks (15), Heiderman (10) and Lian (10) have also reached double figures in the goal category.

• Freshman Justin Lynch is establishing himself as a solid face-off man for the Quakers; his .600 win percentage is 11th in the country.

• Denver (8-7)-- like Penn an NCAA team a year ago -- has been led this season by Joey Murray (20-21--41), Ilija Gajic (23-8--31) and Jon Paulson (24-5--29). However, the high-scoring Pioneers have two other players with more than 10 goals, and 11 players overall with at least 10 points.

• In the Denver goal, Jeb Hollingsworth has played all but one game and has an 8.67 goals against average and a .534 save percentage.