PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team is back in action this Saturday at Ivy League rival Cornell, facing off with the No. 7 Big Red at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, N.Y.
GAME 8 – PENN (3-4, 0-1 Ivy League) vs. #7 CORNELL (5-2, 1-0)
Saturday, March 21, 2015 * 3 p.m.
Ithaca, N.Y. (Schoellkopf Field)
The Series with Cornell
The Big Red lead the series, 63-23-3, and had won eight in a row until last year’s Ivy League Tournament semifinal round in Cambridge, Mass., when Penn came back in the fourth quarter to win 11-10. Winning in Ithaca has long proven to be a daunting task for the Quakers, who have not won up there since 1997.
The Big Red opened Ivy League play last Saturday with a 14-7 win over Yale in New Haven, Conn. Cornell’s losses this season have come to Syracuse (14-6) and Virginia (15-14). The high-powered offense -- six different players have at least eight goals -- is led by Matt Donovan (26g, 10a) and last year’s Ivy League Player of the Year, Connor Buczek (18g, 7a). Dan Lintner (13) and John Hogan (10) have also reached double figures in goals. Donovan joined Buczek as a first-team All-Ivy pick last year, and defenseman Jordan Stevens also was a first-team pick, while Hogan was a second-team selection. In the Cornell goal, Christian Knight was last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year and has played all but three minutes this season; he has a 10.12 goals-against average and a .466 save percentage.
Around the Ivy League
Penn-Cornell is one of four games being played on Saturday, three of which are conference matchups. At 2 p.m., Harvard (0-1) and Dartmouth (0-0) will square off in Hanover, N.H. At the same time that the Quakers and Big Red are facing off, Yale (0-1) and Princeton (1-0) will be facing off in New Jersey. Brown (1-0) has the bye this weekend, and hosts Manhattan at 1 p.m.
McMahon A Candidate For Senior CLASS Award
The Senior CLASS Award has announced its 20 candidates for the 2015 men’s lacrosse season, and Penn senior Matt McMahon is one of them! To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. 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.
*Cornell is the third straight ranked team Penn has played this season, and the fourth ranked team the Quakers have seen in their last five games.
*Penn has had a player record at least a hat trick in all seven games this season, and perhaps just as impressive they have come from six different players: seniors Isaac Bock (Villanova), Chris Moriarty (Lafayette), Joe McCallion (Saint Joseph’s and Maryland) and Chris Hupfeldt (at Penn State); and freshmen Reilly Hupfeldt (Princeton) and Kevin McGeary (UMBC).
*McCallion, Bock, and junior Nick Doktor are the only Penn players who have recorded at least a point in every game this season; in fact, Doktor has a 21-game point-scoring streak that dates back to the second game of last season.
*Doktor entered the week leading the nation in assists per game (3.29) and 12th in points per game (4.71).
*Senior defenseman Matt McMahon, an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year, received 2015 preseason All-America Honorable Mention recognition from Inside Lacrosse; he entered the week second among Ivy League players and 12th nationally in caused turnovers per game (1.71).
*Reilly Hupfeldt, who had six points last Saturday against Princeton (4g, 2a), is tops among Ivy players and sixth nationally with five man-up goals this season; McCallion is 11th in that category, with four.
*Doktor continues to lead Penn in points, with 33 (10g, 23a); he has recorded at least three points in every game this season including a seven-point game (Penn State) and two six-point outings (Princeton, Villanova).
*McCallion has 20 points this season (14g, 6a), which is more than he had all of last season (17); he entered this season with 25 career points (11g, 14).
*After scoring one point in each of the first five games this season, Bock has five points in the last two games (3 vs. Villanova, 2 vs. Princeton).
*Junior Pat Berkery has scored a goal in each of the last four games.
*After not scoring in any of Penn’s first five games, sophomore Kevin Brown scored twice against Villanova on March 7; he had 18 goals a year ago for the Quakers.
*Moriarty has four goals this season; he entered the campaign with just two for his career.
*In Penn’s loss at Maryland on February 24, McCallion scored a career-high four goals to lead the Penn attack (Doktor assisted on all of those goals).
*Penn started the season 2-0 for the third time in Mike Murphy’s six seasons, the other two being 2011 (when Penn started 3-0) and 2013 (2-0).
*On February 17, Penn gave up the first seven goals to Saint Joseph’s and was still down 9-4 to the Hawks entering the final quarter before rallying to win, 11-10, in overtime.
*Doktor had the OT winner to finish off a four-point game (2g, 2a); he was one of two Penn players to record four points in the contest, McCallion being the other one (3g, 1a).
*Overall, eight different players scored Penn’s 11 goals against the Hawks including freshman long-stick middie Connor Keating who netted his first as a collegian. (Keating has missed the last three games due to injury.)
*The Quakers opened the 2015 season with a 10-8 win over UMBC on February 14 at Franklin Field.
*McGeary led the Penn attack against the Retrievers, scoring three goals in his collegiate debut.
*Junior Rob Savage and freshman Chris Santangelo have taken almost all of Penn’s face-offs this season; Savage has a .495 win percentage, while Santangelo has a .528 win percentage.
*Junior Jimmy Sestilio has started all seven games in goal for Penn, sharing duties with senior John Lopes in four of them.
*Sestilio entered the week with a .500 save percentage and 8.71 saves per game; against Lafayette he made 10 saves while allowing just six goals (.625 save percentage).
*Penn has five players who were UnderArmour All-America selections in high school: juniors Nick Doktor, Pat Berkery and Sam Rohr; sophomore Kevin Gayhardt; and freshman Connor Keating.
*McMahon and McCallion (midfield) were Major League Lacrosse draft picks in late January. McMahon went to the Ohio Machine in the fifth round (35th pick overall), while McCallion went to the Denver Outlaws in the seventh round (52nd overall).
*Coincidentally, those two players were voted to be this year’s captains by their teammates.
Penn in the ACC Tournament?!?!
That’s right, the Quakers will play one of the ACC’s highly ranked teams as part of the weekend-long event at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Penn’s game is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $25, and we urge Penn fans to purchase them in advance through the Penn Athletics Ticket Office (215-898-6151 or online at www.PennAthletics.com/Tickets).