PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men’s lacrosse team heads North this weekend to take on Harvard in the second of six-straight Ivy League games. Faceoff at the Crimson’s Jordan Field is set for 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Quakers, of course, will have a bit of revenge on their mind. Last year, the Crimson came down to Franklin Field on March 25 and pinned a 13-8 loss on a Penn team that, at the time, was undefeated at 6-0. That loss would come back to haunt the Quakers, as they finished just one game out of first place in the Ivy standings at the end of the season.
Harvard then gave the Penn players a few anxious moments during the NCAA Championship field selection show in early May, earning a surprise entry and coming up on the board before the Quakers. Penn also made the 16-team field, providing an audible sigh of relief as the team watched the selections together.
For Penn, which has had the last week off after opening the Ivy season with a 10-9, double-overtime win against Yale, Craig Andrzejewski continues to lead the way offensively. The sophomore has 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 points. His fellow attackers, senior Alex Salihi (8-6--14) and Casey O'Rourke (8-5--13), have also been sizzling, and David Cornbrooks has also reached double figures in points (11) with nine goals and two assists.
In goal, Chris Casey has started the last two games and been steady. He got the win last weekend against Yale, and in 180 minutes of action has accumulated a .528 save percentage and an 8.32 goals-against average.
Harvard, meanwhile, is still looking for its first win heading into its Ivy League opener. The Crimson are 0-4, most recently dropping an 18-11 decision at Fairfield last Sunday. Harvard has also lost to Ohio State (13-4), Stony Brook (13-8) and Massachusetts (11-10).
Harvard has three players who have scored five goals this season -- Carle Stenmark, Brian Mahler and Jason Duboe. However, the Crimson’s leading scorer is Max Motschwiller, with three goals and a team-high five assists for eight points.
At the other end, sophomore Joe Pike has started every game and claims a .393 save percentage and a 14.20 goals-against average. Evan O’Donnell has seen time in three games, totaling 24 minutes; he has one save and allowed four goals.