Men's Lacrosse Faces No. 8 Virginia on Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team did its job over these last three weeks to climb back into the conversation for the Ivy League Tournament. The Quakers’ fate is out of their hands, unfortunately, as they finish off the regular season with a non-conference game against eighth-ranked Virginia. The game is a part of the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship weekend, taking place at PPL Park (the home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union). Penn fans can purchase their tickets for Saturday’s game here!

GAME 13 – PENN (6-6, 3-3 Ivy League) vs. #8 VIRGINIA (9-4)
Saturday, April 25, 2015 * 7:30 p.m.
Chester, Pa. (PPL Park)

The Ivy League Tournament Situation
Penn will know its Ivy League Tournament fate by the time it faces off on Saturday. This is what the Quakers need to happen on Saturday afternoon in order to earn a spot in the four-team field…
*Dartmouth to beat Brown (1 p.m.); Cornell to beat Princeton (1 p.m.)
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*Dartmouth to beat Brown (1 p.m.); Princeton to beat Cornell (1 p.m.); Harvard to beat Yale (4 p.m.)

McMahon A Senior CLASS Award Finalist
The Senior CLASS Award announced its 10 finalists two weeks ago, and Penn senior Matt McMahon is one of them! An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The Senior CLASS Award recipient will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championships in Philadelphia.

#MattMcCLASS - VOTE FOR MATT!
Nationwide fan voting is underway to help select the Senior CLASS Award winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online as often as once a day at the Senior CLASS Award website through May 11. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. Click here to vote for Matt!

The Penn-Virginia Series
*The Cavaliers lead the series, 4-2, and have won the last four meetings.

*In fact, you have to go all the way back to 1931 to find Penn’s last victory over UVA.

*The most recent meeting between these teams was also a neutral-site affair; it took place on this same weekend in 2012, when they matched up with each other at Denver’s Sports Authority Field as part of the Mile High Classic. Virginia won the game, 10-8.

*Prior to that 2012 game in Denver, every other meeting (1929, 1931, 1997, 1998, 2011) had taken place in Charlottesville.

Murph vs. the ACC
Head Coach Mike Murphy has gone 3-8 in 11 meetings against ACC teams since taking over the Penn program prior to the 2010 season. (2-3 vs. Duke; 0-1 vs. Maryland before its Big Ten move; 1-1 vs. North Carolina, 0-1 vs. Notre Dame, 0-2 vs. Virginia.)

Murph vs. Ranked Opponents
Saturday will mark the 44th time in 82 games as Penn’s head coach that Murphy has put his team on the field against a team ranked in the USILA national coaches poll; the Quaker are 14-29 in previous such games (5-14 against Top 10, 1-1 against No. 8).

Tough Schedule!
*Virginia is the sixth team Penn has played this season that is ranked in this week’s USILA national coaches poll; the others are #3 Maryland (L), #9 Yale (L), #11 Brown (W), #12 Cornell (L in 3OT), and #14 Princeton (L). Another team not in the polls, Villanova, was 19th when Penn played the Wildcats on March 7.

*According to Laxpower.com, Penn entered the week 15th in Strength of Schedule (SOS); this is an unusually high number for Penn under Coach Murphy, as the Quakers’ final SOS in 2014 was sixth, while in 2013 it was second (behind only fellow Ivy institution Princeton) and in 2011 it ranked first.

ICYMI...
*Penn has won three games in a row for the first time this season after starting the Ivy League season 0-3; two of those wins came on the road (14-11 at No. 11 Brown, 10-9 at Harvard).

*Junior Nick Doktor's eight-point game last Saturday against Dartmouth (5g, 3a) marked the most points by a Penn player in a game since Craig Andrzejewski had nine (4g, 5a) in a win over Lehigh on Feb. 28, 2007.

*Doktor's 56 points this season are the most by a Penn player since Jon Cusson had 57 in 1995 (Chris Conforti had 68 in 1991); Doktor's 35 assists are the most since Cusson had 35 in 1997 (Conforti had 36 in 1991, Peter Hollis had 41 in 1977).

*Freshman middie Kevin McGeary has been the Ivy Rookie of the Week two of the last three weeks; he has 10 goals in Penn’s last four games (including hat tricks in each of the last two), and 13 points in the last five contests.

*Junior middie Pat Berkery has a point in each of Penn’s last nine games, including his first multi-goal game of 2015 three weeks ago at Brown.

*Senior attack Isaac Bock has scored twice in each of the last two games and has seven points in the last three contests.

*After not recording a point all season, senior attack Jeff Puckette had a goal and an assist in the first half of last Saturday’s win (his and his fellow seniors’ final home game).

Penn in the National Stats
*Junior Nick Doktor entered the week leading the Ivy League and third nationally in assists per game (2.92).

*Thanks to his eight-point game last Saturday, Doktor also is third among Ivy players and 10th nationally in points per game (4.67).

*Senior defenseman Matt McMahon -- an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year -- entered the week second among Ivy players and fourth nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.08).

*Freshman Reilly Hupfeldt was tied for 25th in individual man-up goals (5).