PENN (1-6, 0-3) vs. BROWN (3-6, 0-2)
Saturday, April 7, 2012 * 6 p.m.
Franklin Field (Philadelphia)
Hey Penn Students!
Be sure to come out for Saturday night's game. In addition to free admission to the contest, concessions will be doing dollar dogs for all students who can present their Penncard.
The Series with Brown
The Bears lead the series, 30-19, and have won three of the last four meetings including a 13-12 decision last year in Providence. Brown has also won the last two games played at Franklin Field, a 12-9 victory two years ago and an 8-5 win in 2008.
Like Penn, the Bears (3-6, 0-2) are looking for their first Ivy win of 2012. Last weekend, they fell to Princeton 13-2. Earlier this season, Brown fell in overtime to Harvard, 10-9, and the Bears also have a one-goal loss at Duke on their slate. Earlier this week, Brown lost to in-state rival Bryant, 10-9. Parker Brown leads the Bears with 21 points (11g, 10a), while Nick Piroli and Sam Hurster have 15 goals apiece. Three other players have reached double digits in the point category: Dan O'Brien, Rob Schlesinger, and George Sherman. In goal, Will Round has started every game, he has a 9.41 goals-against average and a .518 save percentage.
Around the Ivy League
Penn and Brown will close out another busy day in the Ivy League. Yale (1-2) will be at Dartmouth (0-2) at 1 p.m., and at the same time Harvard (2-0) and Cornell (3-0) will be facing off looking to remain unbeaten in conference play. Princeton (3-0) has the bye from Ivy play this weekend, the Tigers are at No. 17 Syracuse on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Penn in the Mile High Classic
The Penn men's lacrosse team will participate in the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic presented by Inside Lacrosse on Friday, April 27 in Denver, Colo. The Quakers are slated to meet defending NCAA champion Virginia in the first half of a doubleheader at Sports Authority Field (home of the NFL's Denver Broncos); 2011 NCAA semifinalists Duke and Denver will play in the other game.
*Saturday's game ends a four-game run that saw Penn play Ivy League opponents each weekend without interruption. The Quakers' next game will be a non-conference affair Tuesday at Bucknell.
*According to laxpower.com, Penn entered the week having played the toughest schedule in the country. So far this season, the Quakers have played teams that were ranked fifth (Cornell), seventh (Lehigh), eighth (Duke), ninth (UNC), 11th (Princeton), and 13th (Villanova) in this week's USILA national coaches poll.
*After averaging 6.6 goals per game in its first five contests, Penn has scored 20 goals in the last games (11 vs. Cornell, 9 at Yale).
*Penn outscored Yale, 4-2, last Saturday in the fourth quarter. Prior to that, the Quakers had been outscored 23-10 in the fourth period for the season.
*Penn did not have an assist on any of its nine goals last weekend at Yale.
*Junior Tim Schwalje had four goals last Saturday at Yale, his first collegiate four-goal game and the first by a Penn player since Al Kohart dropped four at Cornell on March 26, 2011.
*Schwalje, who is averaging 2.8 points per game over the last five contests, has a team-high seven assists and is tied for the team lead with 17 points.
*Senior Dan Savage had two goals at Yale, giving him a team-high 12 for the season. He is tied with Schwalje for the team scoring lead, at 17 points.
*Junior Ryan Parietti also scored twice last weekend at Yale, the fourth time in the last five games he has had two goals.
*Senior John Conneely also scored at Yale; he and Schwalje are the only Penn players to have a point in every game this season. (Savage has a point in six of the Quakers' seven games.)
*Junior Anthony Santomo continues to lead Penn with nine caused turnovers, while sophomores Maxx Meyer and Zack Losco have eight each. Senior Will Koshansky, one of the national leaders in that category last year, has seven.
*Freshman Joe McCallion and sophomore Danny Feeney have basically split time on faceoffs this season; McCallion has a .435 win percentage on 85 faceoffs, while Feeney is at .364 for his 66 matchups.
*McCallion leads Penn with 16 ground balls, while Meyer and Losco have 15 each. Santomo and sophomore Alex Blonsky have 12 apiece.
*Sophomore goalie Brian Feeney -- Danny's twin brother -- has a .436 save percentage and a 10.15 goals-against average so far this season.
*Junior goalie Brendan Engelke saw his first action of 2012 at Yale, starting the game and playing a half. He had two saves and allowed seven goals.
*Penn finished the 2011 regular season at 8-6, its best overall record since 2006 (10-4), and advanced to the NCAAs for the first time since that 2006 season.
*In Ivy League play, Penn's 4-2 record last year was its best since, you guessed it, 2006. However, the Quakers took second in the Ivy standings, behind Cornell. The last time Penn finished second in the Ivies? Try 1989.