PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team remains alive in the Ivy League Tournament conversation after last Saturday’s win at Brown, but they must keep the momentum going on the road again this Saturday at Harvard. The Crimson were also on the ropes prior to last Saturday, but may have gotten their Ivy campaign turned around with a win over Cornell.
GAME 11 – PENN (4-6, 1-3 Ivy League) at HARVARD (6-5, 1-2)
Saturday, April 11, 2015 * Noon
Cambridge, Mass. (Soldiers Field Stadium)
The Series with Harvard
*The Crimson lead a series that has long been tight, 44-38, with two ties (in 1900 and 1955).
*Penn swept a pair of games last year, beating Harvard 8-7 in overtime at Franklin Field in Philadelphia during the regular season and then 7-5 in the Ivy League Tournament final here in Cambridge. In that ILT final, the Quakers held the Crimson without a goal for a span of 44:58, nearly three full quarters.
*Three of the last four regular-season meetings, including each of the last two in Cambridge, have needed overtime. In addition to last year, Penn won 7-6 in 2011 (2OT needed) while Harvard won 8-7 in 2013.
Around the Ivy League
All seven teams are once again in action on Saturday. In addition to Penn-Harvard, you have Brown (2-1) and Yale (2-2) meeting in New Haven at 12:30 p.m. At 1 o’clock, Princeton (2-1) and Dartmouth (1-2) face off in Hanover. Cornell (3-1) has the bye this weekend, and hosts Hofstra at noon.
McMahon A Senior CLASS Award Finalist
The Senior CLASS Award announced its 10 finalists earlier this week, 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. The Senior CLASS Award recipient will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championships in Philadelphia, May 23-25.
#MattMcCLASS - VOTE FOR MATT!
Nationwide fan voting is underway to help select the Senior CLASS Award winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through May 11. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. To vote, go to www.SeniorClassAward.com/vote/!
*Saturday’s game marks the first time in six outings that Penn is playing an unranked team; Harvard is “only” among a group of five teams receiving votes in this week’s USILA national coaches poll. (That group includes the Quakers, by the way.)
*After Saturday’s game, and then next weekend’s game against unranked Dartmouth, Penn closes out its schedule with the fifth-place ACC team as part of the ACC Championship which takes place April 24-26 at PPL Park outside of Philadelphia. It’s the fifth-place team, so not so daunting, right? Except the lowest-ranked ACC team in this week’s USILA poll is Duke, at No. 7.
*According to Laxpower.com, Penn entered the weekend 11th in Strength of Schedule (SOS); this is nothing new for Penn under Head Coach Mike Murphy, as the Quakers’ final SOS in 2014 was sixth, while in 2013 it was second (behind only fellow Ivy institution Princeton) and in 2011 it ranked first.
*Penn swept the Ivy League’s weekly awards on Monday after beating No. 10 Brown last Saturday. Junior goalkeeper Jimmy Sestilio was the Ivy League Player of the Week (as well as the ECAC Division I South Defensive Player of the Week), while freshman middie Kevin McGeary was the Ivy Rookie of the Week.
*Penn held Brown, which entered the game second in the nation in scoring offense, without a goal for a span of 22:04 in the second half.
Penn in the National Stats
*Junior Nick Doktor entered the weekend third in assists per game (2.90) and 18th in points per game (4.30).
*Senior defenseman Matt McMahon -- an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year -- entered the weekend ninth in caused turnovers per game (1.90).
*Freshman Reilly Hupfeldt was tied for 19th in individual man-up goals (5), while senior Joe McCallion was tied for 34th (4).
Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn has had a player record at least a hat trick in eight games this season, and what is interesting is that six different players have performed the feat: seniors Joe McCallion (Cornell, Maryland, Saint Joseph’s), Isaac Bock (Villanova), Chris Moriarty (Lafayette), and Chris Hupfeldt (at Penn State); and freshmen Reilly Hupfeldt (Princeton) and Kevin McGeary (UMBC).
*What might be even more interesting is one of the players who has NOT recorded a hat trick so far this season: the team’s leading scorer, junior Nick Doktor.
*Doktor is the only Penn players to record at least a point in every game this season; in fact, he has a 24-game point-scoring streak that dates back to the second game of last season.
*Doktor continues to lead Penn in points, with 41 (14g, 29a); he has recorded at least two points in every game this season including a seven-point game (Penn State) and three six-point outings (Brown, Princeton, Villanova).
*Doktor moved past the 100-point milestone for his career at Brown, and enters today’s game with 101 (49g, 52a); the last Penn player to reach triple digits was Corey Winkoff, who graduated in 2011 with 135 career points.
*McCallion has 29 points this season (19g, 10a), which is four more than he had in his first three seasons combined (11g, 14).
*McCallion scored four goals at Cornell last Saturday, matching a career high he set earlier this season at Maryland.
*Junior Pat Berkery has scored in six of the last seven games, including his first multi-goal game of 2015 last Saturday at Brown.
*Moriarty has four goals this season; he entered the campaign with just two for his career.
*Freshman long-stick middie Connor Keating has scored in each of the last two games (including a pair of goals two weeks ago against Yale) and has four goals this season.
*Junior Rob Savage and freshman Chris Santangelo have taken almost all of Penn’s face-offs this season; Savage has a .463 win percentage, while Santangelo -- who won 14 of 23 draws last Saturday at Brown -- has a .563 win percentage.
*Junior Jimmy Sestilio has started all eight games in goal for Penn, sharing duties with senior John Lopes in five of them.
*Sestilio entered the week with a .488 save percentage and 12.35 saves per game; he has already had an 18-save game (Penn State) and a 17-save game (Brown) this season.
*It was Lopes (.439 save percentage / 8.35 GAA) who kept Penn in its game at Cornell; he stepped on at halftime and made nine saves over 39 minutes of action before finally allowing a goal in the third overtime.
*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.
*The Quakers opened the 2015 season with a 10-8 win over UMBC on February 14 at Franklin Field, the earliest start to a season in program history.
*McGeary led the Penn attack in that game against the Retrievers, scoring three goals in his collegiate debut.
*Seniors Matt McMahon and Joe McCallion were Major League Lacrosse draft picks in late January. McMahon -- an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Honorable Mention pick -- 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).