PHILADELPHIA - After starting the season with a pair of home games -- wins over Duke and Saint Joseph's -- the University of Pennsylvania men's lacrosse team hits the road for the first time this season. And what a trip it is: the Quakers are at Denver to face the Pioneers. Penn enters the game ranked 14th in the latest USILA national coaches poll, while Denver is ranked 10th.
GAME 3 - #14 PENN (2-0) at #10 DENVER (3-1)
Saturday, March 2, 2013 * 2 p.m. (4 Eastern)
Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium (Denver, Colo.)
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The Series with Denver
The Quakers and the Pioneers have met five times previously in men's lacrosse, all of them since 2005. Denver leads the series, 4-1, although Penn won the most recent meeting in 2010, 11-7. This is Penn's fourth trip to Denver to face the Pioneers; the Quakers also were in Denver last year to participate in the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic, facing Virginia.
3/13/2006 - at Denver 7, Penn 6
5/5/07 - Denver 8, at Penn 5
3/9/08 - at Denver 12, Penn 11 (ot)
3/6/09 - Denver 12, at Penn 6
3/6/10 - Penn 11, at Denver7
The Pioneers (3-1) share a common opponent with Penn this year in Duke; while the Quakers down the Blue Devils, 14-9, the Pioneers defeated Duke in the season opener for both teams, 14-12. Denver also defeated Lehigh (18-10) and Canisius (11-4), with its loss coming to Penn State (15-12). Eric Law leads Denver in assists (10) and points (18), while Wes Berg has 11 goals and Gordie Koerber has 10. Erik Adamson has 12 points (9g, 3a). In goal, Ryan LaPlante has three starts (10.42 GAA, .544 save percentage) while Jamie Faus has one (10.20 GAA, .444 save percentage).
Penn in the Independence Classic
For the second straight season, Penn will participate in one of Inside Lacrosse's premium events. This year, it is the inaugural Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic which will be held Saturday, March 9 at PPL Park in Chester (home of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union). The Quakers will face off with regional rival Villanova at 2:30, sandwiched between games pitting Syracuse against St. John's (noon) and Penn State against Lehigh (5 p.m.).
Ticket prices to the Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic are $45 for club seats; $35 for midfield reserved seats; $25 for sideline reserved locations; $20 for groups of 10 or more; and $15 for groups of 100 or more. Parking can also be purchased in advance for $15.
Fans can call ComcastTix at 800-298-4200, visit PhiladelphiaUnion.com or IndependenceClassic.com to get the latest news on the event and ticket details.
*Penn is 2-0 on the young season; the last time the Quakers were 3-0 was 2011. Before that, the last time Penn was 3-0 was 2007.
*Penn had eight different goalscorers in the season opener against Duke, then had six players scored the six goals Tuesday against Saint Joseph's.
*Sophomore Will Laco scored the winning goal against SJU, his first collegiate goal; sophomore Chris Hupfeldt, who missed all of last year due to injury, also had his first collegiate goal Tuesday against Saint Joseph's.
*When Penn and Duke played at Franklin Field in 2011, the final score was 7-3; last Friday, the teams had combined for more goals before the first quarter was over (it ended with Penn up, 6-5).
*The Duke win was Penn's first over a ranked opponent since March 6 of last season, when the Quakers defeated then-No. 8 North Carolina, 10-6.
*Penn scored 14 goals against the Blue Devils, its best offensive output since April 3, 2010 when the Quakerslost to Yale, 16-14.
*Senior Tim Schwalje was Penn's leading returning scorer, and he certainly got started with a bang on Friday night with a career-high seven points (3g, 4a) against the Blue Devils.
*After scoring once against Saint Joseph's, Schwalje has a point in 14 straight games after scoring in every game last season.
*Sophomore Isaac Bock scored once last season; he had four last Friday against Duke, while also adding an assist.
*In his collegiate debut, freshman Nick Doktor scored twice; in fact, in his first quarter as a collegian he scored twice; classmate Mark Leonhard also scored in his first collegiate game.
*After a stellar freshman campaign in 2011, Drew Belinsky broke his ankle prior to his sophomore season and never seemed to fully get over it. After two games this season, the junior has recorded two goals and an assist.
*Senior Ryan Parietti also has two goals and an assist this season (1g, 1a vs. Duke; 1g vs. SJU); he had 16 goals and 20 points last season, good for fourth on the team in both categories, while Belinsky had 11 points (6g, 5a).
*Classmate Zack Losco has scored a goal in both games this season so far, as he has made the jump to the first midfield unit for this season.
*Senior defenseman Anthony Santomo scored last Friday, a long-stick goal; it was the captain's first collegiate goal. (He is joined as a captain by classmates Schwalje and Brendan Engelke, and junior Maxx Meyer.)
*Junior Danny Feeney has taken a majority of Penn's faceoffs this season (31 of 41); he has a .484 win percentage on the X.
*In goal, junior Brian Feeney has struggled in the first quarter each of the first two games (4 saves, 7 goals allowed) but responded the rest of the way (19 saves, 7 goals allowed). Feeney has been Penn's No. 1 almost his entire career, and last year he had a 9.44 goals-against average and a .487 save percentage.
*Penn welcomes two former Quaker football players to the roster this season, seniors Dave Twamley and C.J. Mooney. Both players were starters on defense for the Ivy League champs this fall -- in fact, they won three rings during their tenure on the gridiron -- and Twamley was a second-team All-Ivy recipient. Twamley saw action in Friday's win over Duke.