PHILADELPHIA – Following an emphatic win at Princeton last Saturday -- its first on the Tigers’ home field since 1988 -- the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team hopes to keep the momentum going as it hosts Cornell on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers and the Big Red will face off at noon.
GAME 7 – PENN (4-2, 1-0 Ivy League) vs. CORNELL (3-3, 0-1)
Saturday, March 26, 2016 * Noon
Franklin Field (Philadelphia)
Six of the seven teams are in action in league play on Saturday, starting with two games at noon – Cornell and Penn, and Princeton (0-1) at No. 3 Yale (1-0). The other game starts at 3 p.m., as Dartmouth (0-0) opens its Ivy account at No. 14 Harvard (0-1). Fourth-ranked Brown (1-0) has the bye and is off this weekend.
The Series with Cornell
The Big Red have a 64-23-3 lead in the series and have won nine of the last 10 matchups between these two programs. Penn’s only win since 2006 came two years ago in an Ivy League Tournament semifinal at Harvard, an 11-10 decision. Last year in Ithaca, Cornell won 10-9 in triple overtime.
The Big Red lost four All-Ivy players from last year, including three first-team selections. John Edmonds is Cornell’s leading scorer; he has 15 points (8g, 7a). Colton Rupp has scored a team-high 14 goals, while Ryan Matthews has 10 points (9g, 1a). In goal, Brennan Donville has a .525 save percentage.
*Penn is fourth nationally in saves per game (13.83); sixth in assists per game (8.17); seventh in shot percentage (.351); eighth in man-up offense (.500); 11th in points per game (20.33) and fewest turnovers per game (12.17); 15th in scoring offense (12.17); and 16th in man-down defense (.731).
*Senior attackman Nick Doktor leads the nation in assists per game (3.33) and is seventh in points per game (4.67).
*Freshman middie Alex Roesner is third nationally in man-up goals (6).
*Freshman goalkeeper Reed Junkin is fourth nationally in saves per game (13.50) and seventh in save percentage (.570).
*Sophomore Reilly Hupfeldt is 10th nationally in shot percentage (.500).
*Senior Nick Doktor leads the Quakers with 28 points (8g, 20a) and has recorded at least two points in every game so far including 23 in the last four games (4 vs. Penn State, 7 vs. Lafayette and at Princeton, 5 at Villanova).
*Doktor is fifth on Penn’s all-time assists list with 79; he needs seven to catch Andy Crofton (1993-96) in fourth.
*Doktor is ninth on Penn’s all-time points list with 143; he needs five to catch Todd Minerley (1998-2000) in eighth.
*Doktor has a point-scoring streak of 33 games dating back to the 2014 season; the streak is the seventh-longest in the nation.
*Sophomore Connor Keating, a face-off wing and long-stick defensive middie for the Quakers, is the only long pole in the country to have a point in all of his team’s games this season, and is the highest-scoring long pole in the country with 11 points (7g, 4a).
*Keating has two three-point games this season (against Michigan and Villanova) and scored two goals in the Quakers’ win over Penn State on March 5.
*Those who followed Penn last year know that this is nothing new; in fact, Keating had five points last season as a long-stick freshman.
Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Though only playing six games so far, Penn already has 11 different goal-scorers this season; in fact, the Quakers have had at least five different goal scorers in all six games so far.
*Six different players have scored at least seven goals each, led by sophomore Reilly Hupfeldt who has a team-high 12.
*Sophomore Kevin McGeary and freshman Simon Mathias have 11 goals each; both went for five goals in last Saturday’s win at Princeton.
*Freshman Alex Roesner is up to 10 goals, while senior Nick Doktor has eight and sophomore Connor Keating has seven.
*After not scoring in Penn’s first three games, junior Kevin Brown exploded for four against Lafayette (with three of them coming in the opening half); he had an assist at Princeton.
*Doktor, Hupfeldt, Keating, Mathias and Roesner have all recorded at least a point in every game so far this season.