PHILADELPHIA - It has been tough sledding for the Penn men’s lacrosse team these last few weeks, and the going gets no easier Saturday as the Quakers roll North to face a Cornell squad that is ranked No. 3 in the latest USILA national coaches’ poll. The teams will face off at noon on Schoellkopf Field.
The Series With Cornell
Cornell leads the overall series between these programs, 58-22-3, and defeated the Quakers at Franklin Field last season, 13-5. The last time these teams met in Ithaca, in 2007, the Big Red rolled to a 20-5 win. Penn's last win over Cornell came in 2006, an 8-6 decision in Philadelphia.
The Big Red (5-1) is ranked third in this week’s USILA national coaches’ poll, with its only loss coming to No. 1 Virginia (14-10). Last weekend, Cornell defeated Yale 15-8 in its Ivy opener. Rob Pannell leads the Big Red in scoring with 26 points (10g, 16a), while Ryan Hurley has 24 (21, 3). Max Seibald is third with 16, followed by John Glynn with 15. Both Seibald and Glynn were All-Americans last year. In goal, Kyle Harer has played most of the minutes; he has a 7.47 goals-against average and a .580 save percentage. On the X, Glynn has a .602 win percentage (44 won, 29 lost).
The Quakers have a .409 success rate in man-up situations (9 of 22), while opponents are at .368 (7 of 19).
Twenty-nine of Penn’s 50 goals this season are unassisted.
After getting swept last weekend at Harvard (11-4) and Bryant (15-11), the Quakers have lost five in a row since their season-opening win at Drexel.
Craig Andrzejewski had his 11th three-goal game as a Quaker last weekend vs. Bryant, and has scored at least three points in four of the last five games.
With 121 career points -- including a team-high 15 this season (12g, 3a) -- Andrzejewski is in ninth place on Penn’s all-time scoring list. He needs 27 more points to catch Todd Minerly in eighth place.
Senior Garvey Heiderman scored a goal in each game last weekend, giving him 10 for the season which is second on the team.
Andrzejewski and Heiderman are the only Penn players to have recorded a point in every game this season.
After going scoreless through Penn’s first five games, senior Drew Collins had three goals Sunday at Bryant. It was his first three-goal game as a collegian.
Sophomore Corey Winkoff, who led the Ivy League in assists per game a year ago, had three assists against the Bulldogs -- his third three-dime outing in Penn’s last four -- and leads Penn with 11 this season (the rest of the team has 10).
Sophomore Terry Kennedy scored his first collegiate goal Sunday at Bryant, while Rob McMullen notched his first this season and fifth as a collegian against the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Morgan Griff had a goal and an assist last weekend after recording just one point in Penn’s first four games.
Freshman Joe Hegener has started the last three games in goal for the Quakers; he has a 13.32 goals-against average and a .437 save percentage.
On the face-off X, junior Justin Lynch has a .511 win percentage (71 won, 68 lost); he also leads the Quakers with 34 ground balls.
Junior Joe Kelly, a long stick on the face-off unit, is second on the squad with 27 ground balls while senior Greg Sih has 12.