PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team starts postseason play this weekend at the Ivy League Tournament. This year’s event will be hosted by Brown at Stevenson-Pincince Field. The Quakers are the third seed and will face second-seeded Yale in Friday’s first semifinal, followed by the top-seeded Bears and Harvard at 8 p.m. Both games will air on ESPN3.
The winners of Friday’s games advance to the final, which will face off Sunday at noon on ESPNU.
GAME 15 – PENN (8-6, 4-2 Ivy League) vs. #7 YALE (11-2, 5-1)
Ivy League Tournament semifinal
Friday, May 6, 2016 * 5 p.m.
Stevenson-Pincince Field (Providence, R.I.)
The Penn-Yale Series
*The Bulldogs lead the series, 40-27, including an 11-10 overtime win on April 2 in New Haven, Conn. In that game, Penn led 9-4 in the third quarter.
*In the last 11 meetings between these programs, dating back to 2007, Penn and Yale have had seven games decided by one goal -- five of them needing overtime to settle matters -- two decided by two goals, and another with a three-goal margin. Penn is 4-7 in those 11 matchups.
*Penn has played Yale once before in the Ivy League Tournament, in 2013 in Ithaca, N.Y. The Bulldogs won that game, 9-6.
Penn in the Ivy League Tournament
*The Quakers are making their fourth appearance in the seven-year-old Ivy League Tournament, the others coming in 2011, 2013 and 2014; Penn has been the third seed in all four of its appearances.
*Penn won the 2014 ILT in Cambridge, Mass. The third-seeded Quakers defeated No. 2 Cornell in the semifinal, 11-10, then beat host and No. 1 seed Harvard in the final, 7-5. Senior Nick Doktor, who was a sophomore that year, was an all-tournament selection.
*Penn lost in the semifinal round the other two times (12-8 to Harvard in 2011 in Ithaca, N.Y.; 9-6 to Yale in 2013 in Ithaca, N.Y.).
*Penn entered the week 11th in man-down defense (.708); 17th in saves per game (11.57); and 20th in assists per game (6.36).
*Senior attackman Nick Doktor entered the week fourth nationally in assists per game (2.43).
*Freshman middie Alex Roesner entered the weekend fifth nationally in man-up goals (8), while sophomore Reilly Hupfeldt was 10th (7).
*Freshman goalkeeper Reed Junkin entered the week 14th nationally in saves per game (11.43) and 22nd in save percentage (.532).
Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn finished 4-2 in Ivy League play for the third time in six years, after doing so just once from 1990 to 2010 (2006).
*Penn has won 14 Ivy League games over the last four seasons. The Class of 2016 will graduate with more Ivy League wins than any class since the Class of 1991, which also had 14 Ivy wins (5, 4, 2, 3).
*On April 21, Inside Lacrosse listed its top 25 mid-season freshman performers. Simon Mathias came in at No. 21; IL listed its top 25 early-season freshman performers on March 10, Junkin came in at No. 4 with Lejman at No. 16.
*Mathias enters the Ivy League Tournament game on a nine-game multi-point streak, totalling 31 in that stretch (21g, 10a); the run includes a six-point game at Princeton, a five-point game at UMBC, four-point games against Harvard and Dartmouth, and three goals at Yale.
*Mathias is the only player to record at least a point in every game so far this season; both Nick Doktor and Reilly Hupfeldt have a point in 13 games (shut out by UMBC and Maryland, respectively) while Alex Roesner has at least a point in 12 games (Brown, UMBC).
*Senior Pat Berkery has 10 goals this season, matching his best output for a single season (also set his sophomore year).
*Freshman Tyler Dunn had a four-game goal-scoring streak end against Saint Joseph’s, but he did have an assist to extend his point-scoring streak to five games.
*Nine of Dunn’s 11 goals this season have been unassisted, while 16 of Mathias’ team-high 27 goals have been unassisted.