Around the Ivy League
While Penn has the bye in this final weekend, the other six teams are playing -- and three of them are playing for their Ivy Tournament lives. All three Ivy games on Saturday will begin at 1 p.m., as Yale (3-2) is at Harvard (2-3); Princeton (2-3) is at Cornell (5-0); and Brown (1-4) is at Dartmouth (1-4).
Ivy Tournament Update
Cornell will be the host and No. 1 seed; Penn will be the No. 2 seed. Penn will play in the first semifinal on Friday, May 6 at 5 p.m.; the Big Red will be in the second semi at 8 p.m. Their opponents are still to be determined. The Ivy League Tournament final will be Sunday, May 8 at noon. The Ivy Tournament semifinals will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com, while the final will air live on ESPNU.
Four teams enter the weekend in the running for the third and fourth seeds -- Yale is in the field but its seed is undetermined, while Harvard, Princeton and Dartmouth are still in the running to make the field. Click here to see the scenarios, as laid out by the Ivy League office.
The Series with Virginia
The Quakers and the Cavaliers have played just four times in men's lacrosse, with each team having won twice. That said, Penn's last win came in 1931. Since then, the teams have met just twice, in 1997 and 1998, with UVA winning both (17-6 in 1997, 12-7 in 1998). Every game between Penn and UVA has taken place in Charlottesville.
The Cavaliers (8-5) enter the week ranked 11th in the USILA coaches and 10th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media polls. An NCAA semifinalist in 2010, UVA is led this year by Steele Stanwick, who was named the ACC Player of the Year last week. He has team highs in assists (21) and points (44). Chris Bocklet has a team-leading 31 goals, while Colin Briggs -- an All-ACC pick -- has 32 points (22g, 10a). The Bratton brothers, Shamel and Rhamel, have 28 and 22 points, respectively. In goal, Adam Ghitelman has started all but one game; he has a 10.39 goals-against average and a .517 save percentage.
*Penn is 8-4, its best overall record since 2006 (10-4). Since then, the Quakershave gone6-7 twice (2007, 2008) and 5-8 twice (2009, 2010).
*In Ivy play, Penn's 4-2 record is its best since 2006. However, the Quakers are guaranteed to finish in second place -- alone if Yale loses on Saturday, tied with the Bulldogs if they beat Harvard on Saturday. The last time Penn finished second in the Ivy standings? Try 1989, when the Quakers tied Cornell and Brown for second behind Yale.
*Penn has won three games in a row, and remains 13th in this week's USILA coaches poll. The Quakers moved up to 15th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll.
*In the first NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of 2011, released on Tuesday, Penn was 12th. According to Laxpower.com, the Quakers' strength of schedule is 10th and its RPI is 12th.
*Penn's schedule this season has already included teams currently ranked third (Cornell), seventh (Duke), ninth (UNC) and 10th (Villanova) in the USILA poll.
*Penn is no stranger to ACC competition, having already faced Duke and North Carolina this year (the Quakers beat the Blue Devils and lost at the Tar Heels). Prior to this season, Penn faced Maryland annually for seven straight seasons.
*Penn finished the 2011 season 6-0 at home, and has won seven in a row at Franklin Field dating back to last season. That is the third-longest home winning streak at the NCAA Division I level. Who's ahead of the Quakers? Hofstra at 14, and Bucknell at 9. (Both of those teams play home games this weekend.)
*Before last Wednesday's contest at SJU, Penn had played four straight one-goal games, winning two and losing two. The last time the Quakers played four straight one-goal games was 1985.
*Six of Penn's 12 games this season have been decided by a goal (with another one decided by two goals). The Quakers are 3-3 in those games. The last time the Red and Blue had six one-goal games in a single season was 2005; they went 1-5 in those contests.
*Penn has played four overtime games in 2011 (all of them in the last eight outings). That is a school record for a single season.
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (team): Penn entered the week fourth in caused turnovers per game (9.83), eighth in scoring defense (7.42 GAA), 17th in man-down defense (73.7 percent success), and 19th in man-up offense (35.0 percent success).
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (individual): junior Will Koshansky entered the week third in caused turnovers per game (3.17) while freshman Maxx Meyer was 14th (1.92); senior Corey Winkoff was fourth in assists per game (2.08); freshman Brian Feeney was seventh in goals-against average (7.28).
*After being held scoreless in Penn's first two games, Winkoff has 32 points in the last 10 contests which leads the Quakers. He also has a team-high 25 assists.
*Winkoff -- who had four assists last Saturday against Dartmouth -- now has 93 assists in his career which is third all-time at Penn. Peter Hollis is second, with 94 from 1975-77, while Chris Conforti is the all-time leader with 103 from 1988-91.
*In a survey of the NCAA Division I SIDs, Winkoff's 93 career assists is fifth among active players nationally.
*In the last eight games, Winkoff has 22 assists (2.75 apg) and 28 points (3.50 ppg).
*Senior Al Kohart leads Penn with 22 goals and is second on the team with 25 points.
*Kohart has recorded at least a point in 11 of Penn's 12 games, with two four-point outings and a trio of three-point games.
*Kohart also leads Penn with three hat tricks this season, against UNC, Cornell and Brown. All three of them came on the road.
*Sophomore Rob Fitzpatrick and junior John Conneely are tied for third on the team with 17 points (Fitzpatrick 12g, 5a; Conneely 10g, 7a).
*Fitzpatrick is the only Penn player to record a point in every game this season.
*Conneely went pointless over a three-game stretch, but has four points (3g, 1a) in Penn's last two outings.
*Junior Dan Savage has15 points this season (14g, 1a) including 10 goals in the last five games. That includes hat tricks against Yale and Saint Joseph's, and a two-goal outing last weekend vs. Dartmouth.
*Freshman Drew Belinsky -- who scored the OT winners against both Yale and Harvard, both times unassisted -- is Penn's top freshman scorer with 12 points (9g, 3a). He has a point in five of Penn's last six games.
*Senior Morgan Griff has scored twice against both Brown (4/9) and Harvard (4/16), his first multi-goal outings since he had a hat trick against Towson on April 26, 2009. After going pointless in Penn's first five games, he has seven points in the last seven contests.
*Penn's 13 goals at Saint Joseph's came from 10 different goal scorers, a season high. On Saturday, the Quakers' nine goals came from seven different players. This season, Penn has had six or more goal scorers in all but three games (5 vs. Harvard, 4 vs. Lafayette, 4 at UNC).
*Koshansky, a long-stick middie, has six points this season (4g, 2a) and also leads Penn with 38 caused turnovers.
*Meyer is behind Koshansky in CTs (23), as are fellow close defensemen Brett Hughes (16) and Anthony Santomo (15).
*Freshman Danny Feeney has been Penn's primary faceoff man through the first 12 games, taking all but 25; he leads the Quakers with 48 ground balls for the season. Meyer has 43, while Koshansky has 40.
*In goal, Brian Feeney has played all but 15 minutes (he relinquished the last quarter at SJU on Wednesday). He has a 7.28 goals-against average and a .488 save percentage.
*Feeney is a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, including this week. He earned the honor on Monday after making nine saves against Dartmouth, including eight during a 46-minute shutout stretch of the Big Green.
*Penn has held two different opponents to three goals this season, Duke and Princeton. The last time the Quakers held two different teams to three or fewer goals in a single season was 2001 (3 to Bucknell, 3 to Brown).
*Prior to this season, the last time Penn held ANY opponent to three goals was the 2006 season opener, a 19-3 win over Siena.
*Penn returns four players who received All-Ivy honors last year -- senior Brett Hughes was a second-team All-Ivy pick, while Winkoff, Kohart and Conneely were honorable mention.
*Overall, Penn returns six of its top seven scorers from last year.