PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men’s lacrosse team closes out its Ivy League season Saturday, traveling to Providence to take on Brown University.
PENN MEN’S LACROSSE
GAME 11 - Penn at Brown
Saturday, April 14 - 1 p.m.
Providence, R.I. (Stevenson Field)
In addition to Saturday being Penn’s final Ivy League game, it also represents the Quakers’ last road game of 2007 -- home games with Maryland (4/21) and Denver (5/5) remain.
Last year, the Quakers were able to knock off the Bears, 9-8, on Franklin Field. The last time these teams met in Providence, in 2005, Brown was able to grind out a 10-8 decision.
The Quakers (5-5, 2-3 Ivy) are looking to finish the Ivy League season at .500 after going 4-2 in the conference a year ago. The last time Penn had consecutive years of .500 or better in Ivy play was 2001 and 2002; a win Saturday would guarantee the Quakers their third year of .500 or better in the Ivy League in the last four seasons.
Last time out, Penn fell to No. 6 Princeton, 10-5, Tuesday night at Franklin Field. The Quakers took a 2-0 lead after one quarter of play, but the Tigers reeled off eight consecutive goals to cruise to the win. Senior attack Alex Salihi led Penn with two goals and an assist, while Craig Andrzejewski had a pair of assists.
Andrzejewski continues to lead the Quakers in scoring, with 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points. He is currently second in the Ivies with 1.90 assists and 3.80 points per game. Salihi (12-7--19) and Casey O'Rourke (11-7--18) join Andrzejewski on the attack, while David Cornbrooks (12-3--15) and Garvey Heiderman (8-4--12) are also in double figures.
At the other end, a veteran defense of Matt Kelleher, Mark Haase and Max Mauro front goalkeeper Chris Casey. The freshman has a .488 save percentage and a 9.52 goals-against average.
For Brown (6-4, 1-2 Ivy) -- ranked 20th in the latest USILA poll, but 9-6 losers at Harvard on Tuesday night -- David Madeira leads the way offensively; he has 21 points in eight games this season. Thomas Muldoon matches him in the points category, with 14 goals and seven assists. Alex Buckley (8-10--18), Jack Walsh (10-7--17) and Kyle Hollingsworth (8-4--12) are also in double figures.
In the Brown goal, Jordan Burke has played all but 34 minutes this season; he boasts a League-leading .640 save percentage and a 7.44 goals-against average. Burke is averaged 12.8 saves per game, which also tops the Ivy League.