PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team faces a team in a similar hole in the Ivy League standings this Saturday, as Yale comes to town bearing an 0-2 conference mark just like the Quakers. It figures to be a battle at Franklin Field when these teams face off at 5:30 p.m., as the winner gains the upper hand for a top-four spot and an Ivy League Tournament berth in a month.
GAME 9 – PENN (3-5, 0-2 Ivy League) vs. #11 YALE (5-2, 0-2)
Saturday, March 28, 2015 * 5:30 p.m.
Philadelphia (Franklin Field)
Saturday’s Game on FOX Sports 1
Fans who can’t make it to Franklin Field on Saturday can watch the game on FOX Sports 1. You can check your local listings here. FOX Sports 1 is also on DirecTV (Channel 219) and Dish Network (Channel 150).
For the first time, Penn will charge admission to its home games this season at Franklin Field. Season-ticket packages are on sale now, and single-game tickets are available for purchase at any time.To order, please visit PennAthletics.com/tickets or call (215) 898-6151. Tickets can also be purchased on game days at the Penn Athletics Ticket Office, located at the North end of Weightman Hall (NW corner of Franklin Field).
$7 for adults
$5 for youths (12 and under)
Penn students and employees get in free with their PennCard (guests are $5 each)
$28 for adults
$20 for youths (12 and under)
The Series with Yale
*The Bulldogs lead the series, 38-27, and had won three in a row until Penn defeated them 6-5 last year in New Haven. These teams have split the last 10 meetings, 5-5.
*Since 2007, six games have been decided by one goal while two others have been decided by two goals, and four of the contests have needed overtime to decide things (Penn winning in 2007 and 2011, Yale winning in 2009 and 2013).
The 11th-ranked Bulldogs started the season 5-0, including a win over current No. 3 Maryland, before losses to Cornell (14-7) and Princeton (11-10) the last two Saturdays. Conrad Oberbeck, a first-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, leads Yale with 19 goals and 28 points, while Ben Reeves has 22 points (13g, 9a). Jeff Cimbalista has scored 10 goals, while Eric Scott and Michael Keasey have nine each. Defenseman Mike Quinn was a second-team All-Ivy pick last season; he leads Yale with eight caused turnovers. In goal, Eric Natale has started all seven games and has a .443 save percentage and a 9.00 goals-against average.
Around the Ivy League
It’s an important early weekend of Ivy play, as the four remaining unbeaten teams are all in action against each other. Before Yale and Penn face off on Saturday, Dartmouth (1-0) faces off with Cornell (2-0) at 1 p.m. in Ithaca, N.Y. On Sunday, Brown (1-0) is at Princeton (2-0) in a game that will be televised live on ESPNU. Harvard (0-2) has the bye this weekend.
McMahon A Candidate For Senior CLASS Award
The Senior CLASS Award has announced its 20 candidates for the 2015 men’s lacrosse season, 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.
Penn in the ACC Tournament?!?!
That’s right, the Quakers will play one of the ACC’s highly ranked teams as part of the weekend-long event at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Penn’s game is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $25, and we urge Penn fans to purchase them in advance through the Penn Athletics Ticket Office (215-898-6151 or online at www.PennAthletics.com/Tickets).
*Yale is the fourth straight ranked team Penn has played this season, and the fifth ranked team the Quakers have seen in their last six games.
*Penn has had a player record at least a hat trick in all eight games this season, and perhaps just as impressive they have come from six different players: 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).
*McCallion, Bock, and junior Nick Doktor are the only Penn players who have recorded at least a point in every game this season; in fact, Doktor has a 22-game point-scoring streak that dates back to the second game of last season.
*Doktor entered the week leading the Ivy League and third nationally in assists per game (3.00) as well as 17th nationally in points per game (4.38).
*Senior defenseman Matt McMahon, an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year, received 2015 preseason All-America Honorable Mention recognition from Inside Lacrosse; he entered the week second among Ivy League players and eighth nationally in caused turnovers per game (1.75).
*Reilly Hupfeldt, who had six points against Princeton (4g, 2a), is tops among Ivy players and 11th nationally with five man-up goals this season; McCallion is 21st in that category, with four.
*Doktor continues to lead Penn in points, with 35 (11g, 24a); he has recorded at least two points in every game this season including a seven-point game (Penn State) and two six-point outings (Princeton, Villanova).
*McCallion has 25 points this season (18g, 7a), which is exactly the same number 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.
*Bock has scored in four straight games (including three against Villanova on March 7) and six of eight contests this season.
*Junior Pat Berkery had a four-game goalscoring streak snapped last Saturday at Cornell, but he did have an assist against the Big Red.
*Moriarty has four goals this season; he entered the campaign with just two for his career.
*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.
*Doktor had the OT winner to finish off a four-point game (2g, 2a); he was one of two Penn players to record four points in the contest, McCallion being the other one (3g, 1a).
*Overall, eight different players scored Penn’s 11 goals against the Hawks including freshman long-stick middie Connor Keating who netted his first as a collegian. (Keating has missed the last three games due to injury.)
*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 against the Retrievers, scoring three goals in his collegiate debut.
*Junior Rob Savage and freshman Chris Santangelo have taken almost all of Penn’s face-offs this season; Savage has a .479 win percentage, while Santangelo has a .508 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 .474 save percentage and 12.63 saves per game; against Lafayette he made 10 saves while allowing just six goals (.625 save percentage).
*It was Lopes (.439 save percentage / 8.35 GAA) who kept Penn in last Saturday’s 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 has five players who were UnderArmour All-America selections in high school: juniors Nick Doktor, Pat Berkery and Sam Rohr; sophomore Kevin Gayhardt; and freshman Connor Keating.
*After its outstanding season a year ago -- 11 wins, an Ivy League Tournament title, the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Championship -- Penn was ranked in all three preseason polls for 2015. Lacrosse Magazine listed the Quakers at No. 11, while both Inside Lacrosse and the USILA coaches poll placed Penn 13th.
*McMahon and McCallion (midfield) were Major League Lacrosse draft picks in late January. McMahon 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).
*Coincidentally, those two players were voted to be this year’s captains by their teammates.