PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team hosts Dartmouth Friday night at 6 p.m. on Franklin Field. The Quakers (4-4, 1-2 Ivy) are looking to snap a two-game losing streak and move back above .500 overall with a win. Some notes heading into Friday's contest...
After going on the road each of the last two weekends -- losing to both Harvard and No. 1 Cornell -- Penn returns home for two in a row and four of its last five games.
Penn was still in a game with the top-ranked Big Red at halftime last Saturday in Ithaca, down just 5-2 at the break. However, Cornell scored three goals in the first three minutes of the third quarter, en route to nine in the quarter to take control of the contest.
Penn’s loss at Cornell was the first time in four games the Quakers did not go to overtime.
Casey O'Rourke had two goals for Penn in Ithaca, snapping a two-game goalless streak. David Cornbrooks, Alex Salihi and Tim Hlavin each scored once. Craig Andrzejewski had three assists but was held without a goal for the first time this season.
Andrzejewski continues to lead the Quakers in scoring (16g, 16a, 32 points), while O’Rourke (10-6--16) and Salihi (10-6--16) are tied for second on the team. Two other players have reached double figures in points, Cornbrooks (10-2--12) and sophomore Garvey Heiderman (7-4--11).
Salihi is the only other player besides Andrzejewski to score in all but one game this year; he was shut out only by Yale.
In goal, freshman Chris Casey has started the last four games; he has a 9.94 goals-against average and a .489 save percentage.
Dartmouth -- unranked in the USILA poll, but winners of four in a row after an 0-3 start -- have three players with more than 20 points this season.
Dartmouth’s Nick Bonacci, who leads the Big Green with 26 points (14g, 12a), is one of just 20 players (and four from the Ivy League) on the list for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award. The other Ivy players on the list are Cornell’s Mitch Belisle and Matt McMonagle, and Zachary Jungers of Princeton.
Dartmouth’s other 20-point scorers are Ari Sussman (16-9--25) and Brian Koch (14-7--21). No one else has more than seven points.
In the Dartmouth goal, Michael Novosel has played all but 21 minutes; he has a .470 save percentage and an 8.99 goals-against average.