Men's Lacrosse Gears Up For Ivy Tournament

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team will make its Ivy League Tournament debut this weekend. The Quakers are seeded second and will meet Harvard in the first of two semifinals that will be played Friday night at Cornell's Schoellkopf Field. In the second semi, top-seeded Cornell will entertain four-seeded Yale. The winners meet Sunday at noon to determine the conference automatic bid into the 16-team NCAA Championship field.

Friday's semifinal games can be viewed live on your computer at The final will be televised live on ESPNU.

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The Series with Harvard
The Quakers and the Crimson have met 79 times, with Harvard holding a 42-35 advantage (the teams have tied twice). Penn's win during the regular season was its second in a row and the third in the last four meetings.

The Regular-Season Meeting - Penn 7, at Harvard 6 (2ot)
Penn scored twice, Harvard scored twice. Then Penn scored twice, and Harvard scored twice. Then...yup...Penn scored twice, only to have Harvard knot it again in the final two minutes of regulation. Quaker freshman Drew Belinsky netted the winner in the second OT.

About Penn...
*Penn finished the regular season at 8-5, its best overall record since 2006 (10-4). Since then, the Quakers have gone 6-7 twice (2007, 2008) and 5-8 twice (2009, 2010).

*In Ivy play, Penn's 4-2 record is its best since 2006. However, the last time Penn finished second in the Ivy standings? Try 1989, when the Quakers tied Cornell and Brown for second behind Yale.

*Following a non-conference loss at Virginia last weekend, Penn fell to 15th in this week's USILA coaches poll. The Quakers moved up to 14th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll. (Penn's semifinal opponent, Harvard, is 17th in the USILA poll and 18th in the Nike/IL poll)

*In the most recent NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of 2011, released on Tuesday, Penn was 14th. According to, the Quakers' strength of schedule is fifth.

*Penn's schedule this season has already included teams currently ranked second (Cornell), seventh (Duke), ninth (Virginia), 10th (Villanova), 11th (Bucknell), 12th (UNC), 17th (Harvard) and 20th (Yale) in the USILA poll.

*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 second-longest home winning streak at the NCAA Division I level. Who's ahead of the Quakers? Bucknell, at 11. (Coincidentally, Cornell can jump Penn on this list this weekend; the Big Red has won six in a row at home, and that will go to eight if they win the Ivy Tournament.)

*Penn played four straight one-goal games from March 26 (Cornell) to April 16 (Harvard), winning two and losing two. The last time the Quakers played four straight one-goal games was 1985.

*Six of Penn's 13 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 nine outings). That is a school record for a single season.

*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (team): Penn entered the week 10th in caused turnovers per game (9.54) and in scoring defense (7.469 GAA), 18th in man-up offense (35.7 percent success), and 25th in man-down defense (71.2 percent success).

*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (individual): junior Will Koshansky entered the week third in caused turnovers per game (3.23) while freshman Maxx Meyer was 12th (1.92); senior Corey Winkoff was fourth in assists per game (2.00); freshman Brian Feeney was ninth in goals-against average (7.57).

*Penn had five athletes receive first or second-team All-Ivy, the program's best representation on the All-Ivy teams since 1999. Senior defenseman Brett Hughes was a first-team All-Ivy pick; he is just Penn's second first-team All-Ivy honoree since 2004 (the other was Craig Andrzejewski in 2008). Senior attackmen Al Kohart and Corey Winkoff, junior long-stick middie Will Koshansky, and freshman defenseman Maxx Meyer were second-team All-Ivy recipients.

*After being held scoreless in Penn's first two games, Winkoff has 34 points in the last 11 contests which leads the Quakers. He also has a team-high 26 assists.

*Winkoff has 94 assists in his career which is tied for second all-time at Penn with Peter Hollis (1975-77). Chris Conforti is the program's all-time leader, with 103 from 1988-91.

*In a survey of the NCAA Division I SIDs, Winkoff's 94 career assists rank him fifth among active players nationally.

*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 13 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 was the only Penn player to record a point in every game this season, until he was held off the board last Saturday at Virginia.

*Junior Dan Savage has 15 points this season (14g, 1a) including 10 goals in the last six 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.

*Koshansky, a long-stick middie, has seven points this season (5g, 2a) and also leads Penn with 42 caused turnovers.

*Meyer is behind Koshansky in CTs (23), as are fellow close defensemen Brett Hughes (17) and Anthony Santomo (15).

*Freshman Danny Feeney has been Penn's primary faceoff man this season, taking all but 25; he leads the Quakers with 50 ground balls for the season. Meyer has 43, while Koshansky has 41.

*In goal, Brian Feeney has played all but 15 minutes this season for the Quakers. He has a 7.56 goals-against average and a .497 save percentage. (Feeney's save percentage in the last four games, however, is .576.) He is a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week.

*Penn has held two different opponents to three goals this season, Duke and Princeton-in Duke's case, the last time they were held to three or fewer goals was 1986. 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.

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