PENN (3-8, 1-4) at DARTMOUTH (2-8, 0-4)
Saturday, April 21, 2012 * 1 p.m.
Scully-Fahey Field (Hanover, N.H.)
The Series with Dartmouth
The Quakers lead the series with the Big Green, 38-26, including wins in five of the last six meetings. Last year, Penn defeated Dartmouth 9-4 at Franklin Field. The last meeting in Hanover took place in 2010, with Dartmouth winning 15-11.
The Big Green started the season with two wins, but have lost eight in a row since then including four in Ivy League play. Drew Tunney leads Dartmouth with 30 points (11g, 19a), while Nikki Dysenchuk has 18 points (11g, 7a) and Mike Olentine has 16 (10g, 6a). In goal, Fergus Campbell has a .457 save percentage and an 11.99 goals-against average.
Around the Ivy League
At the same time that Penn and Dartmouth are facing off in Hanover, Princeton (4-0) will be facing off with Harvard (2-2) in Cambridge, Mass. Two hours after that, Brown (1-3) is at Cornell (4-0). Yale (3-2) has the bye this weekend, and will play Bryant on Friday night.
Penn in the Mile High Classic
The Penn men's lacrosse team will participate in the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic presented by Inside Lacrosse next Friday, April 27 in Denver, Colo. The Quakers are slated to meet defending NCAA champion Virginia in the first half of a doubleheader at Sports Authority Field (home of the NFL's Denver Broncos); 2011 NCAA semifinalists Duke and Denver will play in the other game.
*According to laxpower.com, Penn enters the weekend with the No. 1 strength of schedule in the country. Among its 11 games to date, the Quakers have played teams that are ranked third (Cornell), seventh (Duke), ninth (UNC), 11th (Villanova), 12th (Lehigh), 14th (Princeton), 18th (Bucknell) and 20th (Yale) in this week's USILA national coaches poll. While both of this week's opponents (SJU and Dartmouth) are unranked, the Quakers still have No. 4 Virginia next Friday.
*Penn has won two games in a row after losing six in a row.
*After averaging 6.6 goals per game in its first five contests, Penn has scored 43 goals over its last four Ivy League games (11 vs. Cornell, 9 at Yale, 10 vs. Brown, 13 vs. Harvard). The 13 goals against the Crimson were a season high.
*Sophomore goalie Brian Feeney was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday for his play last week, when he tied a career high with 14 saves against Bucknell and then followed up with 13 in the Quakers' win over Harvard.
*Since receiving that award, Feeney had 10 saves and allowed just five goals in a win at Saint Joseph's.
*Junior Ryan Parietti had three goals at Saint Joseph's for his first collegiate hat trick. He now has 14 goals and 18 points this season, and has at least two points in seven of Penn's last nine games.
*Senior John Conneely had six points (3g, 3a) last Saturday against Harvard, the most by a Penn player this season and the most since Corey Winkoff had six at Villanova on March 12, 2011.
*Conneely, who has three hat tricks this season, now leads Penn in goals (17), assists (12) and points (29).
*Senior Anthony Adler also had a hat trick last Saturday for the Quakers, his third in the last six contests. Prior to that, he had one goal in Penn's first five games this season.
*Sophomore Zack Losco entered last Saturday's game against Harvard with two goals and an assist on the season; he had two goals and two assists against the Crimson.
*Junior Tim Schwalje had a goal and an assist Tuesday at SJU, giving him 24 points this season (15g, 9a) which is second on the team.
*Conneely and Schwalje remain the only Penn players to have a point in every game this season.
*Senior Dan Savage was held scoreless last Saturday, snapping a seven-game streak in which he had at least one point. After scoring twice on Tuesday against the Hawks, he is third on the team with 21 points (15g, 6a).
*Freshman Isaac Bock scored his first collegiate goal last Saturday against Harvard, and has become an increasing threat as the season has progressed.
*Sophomore Drew Belinsky has recorded a goal and an assist in three of Penn's last six games (Cornell, Brown, Bucknell), and had a goal Tuesday at Saint Joseph's. Prior to that, he had just two points in Penn's first five contests.
*Junior defenseman Anthony Santomo leads Penn with 17 caused turnovers, while Losco has 16. Sophomore Maxx Meyer has 13 CTs and senior Will Koshansky -- one of the national leaders a year ago -- has 12.
*Meyer leads Penn with 36 ground balls -- despite missing two games earlier this season -- while Losco has 27.
*Freshman Joe McCallion and sophomore Danny Feeney have basically split time on faceoffs this season; McCallion has a .485 win percentage on 130 faceoffs, while Feeney is at .427 for his 103 matchups.
*After losing the faceoff battle in each of the first six games this season, Penn has won it in four of the last six contests. In the last two games, both wins, the Quakers' combined advantage is 26-17.
*Penn finished the 2011 regular season at 8-6, its best overall record since 2006 (10-4), and advanced to the NCAAs for the first time since that 2006 season.
*In Ivy League play, Penn's 4-2 record last year was its best since, you guessed it, 2006. However, the Quakers took second in the Ivy standings, behind Cornell. The last time Penn finished second in the Ivies? Try 1989.
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