PHILADELPHIA - After gaining a pulsating, 9-8 win at Drexel last weekend, the Penn men’s lacrosse team looks to complete a city sweep this weekend with a trip to the Main Line and a game against Villanova. The Quakers and Wildcats will face off Saturday at 1 p.m. at Villanova Stadium.
The Series With Villanova
Penn has won three in a row over Villanova, and four of the last five meetings. The Quakers escaped with a 7-6 victory last year at Franklin Field. Al Kohart scored three times in that win, while Alex Weber scored twice and Craig Andrzejewski recorded three points (1g, 2a).
The last time the Quakers and Wildcats met at Villanova, in 2007, Penn won 10-6.
The Wildcats (2-0) are off to a great start, with decisive wins against Rutgers (8-4) and Lafayette (12-4). In last weekend’s win over the Leopards, Tim Driscoll and Paul Webber both scored four times (Webber also had an assist). Against the Scarlet Knights, Driscoll had three goals while Matthew Fritts scored twice; Webber had three assists. In goal, Andrew DiLoreto has made 18 saves and allowed just seven goals, a .720 save percentage. Villanova has struggled a bit on faceoffs (.429 win percentage) but is 3-of-5 in man-up situations.
Both Villanova and Penn are among teams receiving votes in the latest USILA Coaches’ Poll.
Some Penn notes heading into Saturday...
Penn’s win last weekend against Drexel marked the third time in the last four years the Quakers have won their season opener.
Kohart, Weber and Garvey Heiderman all scored twice in the win, and Kohart also had an assist to give him three points for the day.
Kohart’s points extended his point-scoring streak to 14 games, or every game of his collegiate career. Currently, it is the 14th-longest streak in the country.
Senior Greg Murray got the start in goal, his second as a collegian. He made 12 saves to gain the win, improving his lifetime record to 2-0 (the other win came in last season’s finale, a 13-9 decision over Army).
On the face-off X, junior Justin Lynch won just two of nine draws in the first half but 10 of 12 in the second (including all seven in the fourth quarter). He had four ground balls.
Junior Joe Kelly, a long stick on the face-off unit, picked up a team-high six ground balls and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal just his second score as a collegian.
Quoting Coach Voelker...
“Villanova has had a couple of pretty good wins, so they are playing with confidence and so are we after last weekend. Their goalkeeper has played very well to this point. I think we need to keep doing the things we did last weekend win faceoffs, get goals, and keep them off the scoreboard.”
“Their attack has figured prominently in their scoring, so as a defense we need to identify those players and keep them in check.”
“I thought both teams played hard last weekend at Drexel, but we were able to grab a few more ground balls and make some plays down the stretch to get the win. There were not a lot of unforced errors on our part, and if we could have put home a few more of our shots we might have opened up some room. Hopefully those goals will come down the road.”