PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team is back in action this weekend, heading south to meet Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Quakers knocked off the Retrievers a year ago, coming back from a four-goal deficit in the final quarter to gain a 12-11 overtime decision.
This year, Penn enters the game off a loss -- its first of the season. Tuesday's 9-6 loss at Bucknell was odd in that the Bison scored the game's first nine goals, before the Quakers reeled off the last six.
UMBC, meanwhile, enters Saturday's game with a 2-2 record after losses to Denver last Sunday (as part of the Face Off Shootout in Denver) and No. 5 Johns Hopkins on Tuesday. The Retrievers' game against the Blue Jays was their third in four days, and came after the trip back from Denver. UMBC began the season with wins over Brown (12-11) and Air Force (13-7).
Penn heads into Saturday's game led in scoring by Craig Andrzejewski, who has nine goals and seven assists for 16 points. Casey O'Rourke is the only other Quaker in double figures, with seven goals and four assists for 11 points. Alex Salihi, who had four points in Tuesday's loss at Bucknell, is third on the team in scoring with six goals and three assists.
In goal, Gregory Klossner and freshman Chris Casey split duties at Bucknell. Klossner boasts an 8.33 goals-against average and a .569 save percentage, while Casey has a 6.67 GAA and a .615 save percentage.
UMBC counters with Drew Westervelt (8g-8a--16 points) and Andy Gallagher (9g-4a--13 points), both of whom earned All-Tournament at the Face Off Shootout. Terry Kimener has 11 points, off six goals and five assists.
In goal, Jeremy Blevin has started every game between the pipes and played all but 16 minutes. He has an 11.52 goals-against average and a .552 save percentage.
Saturday's game is Penn's last one before it opens Ivy League play next Saturday (March 17) against Yale.