PHILADELPHIA - After being on the road for the last two weekends, the Penn men’s lacrosse team is home for a pair of ome games over the a four-day period. The first one comes Friday afternoon, as the Quakers host Dartmouth looking for their first Ivy League win this season. The teams are slated to face off at 4 p.m. in Franklin Field.
The Quakers have not had a problem putting the ball in the goal, scoring 61 times in seven games this season including 11 each of the last two outings. However, defending has been an issue -- Penn has allowed more than 13 goals per game, including 21 last weekend to Cornell and 15 the weekend before that at Bryant.
Following Friday’s game, Penn is at home again Tuesday, hosting No.5 Princeton. That game will face off at 7 p.m.
The Series With Dartmouth
The series between the Quakers and the Big Green has certainly been tight in recent years -- each of the last four games have been decided by one goal. Dartmouth won, 8-7, in 2005; but Penn has won the last three meetings, 10-9 in Hanover in 2006, 8-7 two years ago here in Philadelphia, and 10-9 in OT last year in Hanover.
The Big Green (2-6, 0-1 Ivy) ended a five-game losing streak with a 10-9 win at Holy Cross on March 24, but most recently they lost to Duke, 12-6. Jimmy Mullen leads the attack with 15 points, followed by Brian Koch with 14, Tim Daniels with 13 and Kip Dooley with 12. Ari Sussman, the 2007 Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a first-team All-Ivy pick in 2008, has nine points. In goal, Fergus Campbell was this week’s Ivy League Rookie of the Week; he has an 11.67 GAA and a .533 save percentage in three starts.
The Quakers have a .417 success rate in man-up situations this season (10 of 24).
After last weekend’s loss at Cornell, Penn has lost six in a row since defeating Drexel in its season opener.
Sophomore Corey Winkoff is third in among Ivy League players in overall assists per game (1.71), while senior Craig Andrzejewski is fifth in goals per game (2.14).
Andrzejewski had his 12th three-goal game as a Quaker last weekend at Cornell, and has scored at least three points in five of the last six games.
With 125 career points -- including a team-high 19 this season (15g, 4a) -- Andrzejewski is in ninth place on Penn’s all-time scoring list. He needs 23 more points to catch Todd Minerly in eighth place.
Senior Garvey Heiderman scored a goal against last weekend, giving him 11 for the season which is second on the team.
Andrzejewski and Heiderman are the only Penn players to have recorded a point in every game this season.
After going scoreless through Penn’s first five games, senior Drew Collins has scored five goals in the last two contests.
Winkoff, who led the Ivy League in assists per game a year ago, leads Penn with 12 this season (the rest of the team has 11).
Junior Rob McMullen has scored in each of the last two games for Penn; he entered the season with four career goals.
Sophomore Morgan Griff scored his third goal of the season last weekend at Cornell, and has a point in each of the last three contests.
Freshman Joe Hegener has started the last four games in goal for the Quakers; he has a 14.84 goals-against average and a .416 save percentage.
Senior Greg Murray played the second half at Cornell last weekend, his fourth appearance between the pipes this season but first since Denver on March 6; he has a 12.29 GAA and a .442 save percentage.
Junior Justin Lynch has a .523 win percentage on face-offs (89 won, 81 lost) and leads Penn with 44 ground balls. He won 18 of his 31 draws last weekend at Cornell.
Junior Joe Kelly, a long stick on the face-off unit, is second on the squad with 30 ground balls.
Quoting Coach Voelker...
“Every Ivy League game is important, but certainly this one has some added emphasis for both teams. We felt like we let one get away a few weeks ago with Yale, and most recently we got drilled pretty good by Cornell. But the guys have been working hard this week, and they know this is a chance to get things going again."
"Dartmouth has a lot of talented guys, especially at the offensive end. Given our defensive struggles, we really need to play much better at that end to win this game. They have been playing a young goalie, so we need to try and test him."
"I don't know why our last several games have been so close with Dartmouth, but it has certainly turned out that way. Last year we had a big lead on them, they came back, and we needed overtime; two years ago, they had a big lead but we were able to overcome it in the fourth quarter. When you have a lot of close games with a team, it certainly makes things interesting. But really, we are looking to ignore the past and do what we need to win this game Friday -- and I'm sure that the Dartmouth coaches are doing the same thing with their guys."