Men's Lacrosse Hosts Dartmouth in Key Ivy Contest

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team closes out Ivy League play one week ahead of its six conference brethren this Saturday, hosting Dartmouth at 1 p.m. at Franklin Field. Although lots of scenarios are still in play, the Quakers must win this game to safely have a shot at being in the four-team Ivy League Tournament on May 3 and 5.

GAME 11 – #18 PENN (6-4, 2-3) vs. DARTMOUTH (3-8, 1-3)
Saturday, April 20, 2013 * 1 p.m.
Franklin Field (Philadelphia)
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The Series with Dartmouth
The Quakers and the Big Green have met 65 times previously in men’s lacrosse, with Penn holding a 38-27 lead in the series. Dartmouth won last year’s game up in Hanover, 7-6; prior to that, Penn had won five of six in the series. That said, five of the last eight meetings have been decided by one goal. The last meeting in Philadelphia took place two years ago and ended as a 9-4 win for the Quakers. The last time Dartmouth won here in Philly was 2004.

About Dartmouth
The Big Green (3-8, 1-3) stunned Princeton last weekend for its first Ivy League win of the season. Mike Olentine had three goals in the victory, and was named co-Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday. Chris Costabile leads Dartmouth with 19 goals and 26 points, while Nikki Dysenchuk has scored 12 times. Adam Hull leads the Big Green with 12 assists, while Adam Fishman has 14 points (6g, 8a) and Brendan Rotanz has 10 (8g, 2a). Defenseman Pat Flynn was a second-team All-Ivy performer a year ago. In goal, Bernie Susskind has a 10.67 goals-against average and a .511 save percentage.

Around the Ivy League
Harvard (2-2) is at Princeton (2-2) on Friday night to lead off this weekend’s slate, facing off at 6 p.m. On Saturday, after Penn and Dartmouth face off, Cornell (4-0) is at Brown (1-3) in a 3 p.m. start. Yale (3-2) has the bye this weekend; the Bulldogs are at No. 4 Maryland Saturday at 1 p.m.

Looking Ahead
The final Saturday (April 27) of Ivy play has Yale at Harvard, Brown at Dartmouth, and Cornell playing Princeton as part of the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. (Penn, of course, has the bye and will host Bellarmine that day as part of the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival.)

Senior Day
Penn will recognize its senior class, which will be playing its final regular-season game at Franklin Field Saturday. The groupincludes Brendan Engelke, Greg Ives, Matt Machucki, C.J. Mooney, Ryan Parietti, Anthony Santomo, Tim Schwalje and Dave Twamley.

About Penn
*Penn dropped four spots from last week and is ranked No. 18 in this week’s USILA national coaches poll; the Quakers’ No. 9 ranking on March 17 was its best in that poll since the Quakers were seventh in the April 10, 2006 poll.

*In the latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings, released Monday, Penn was at No. 9 which was behind only Cornell (sixth) among Ivy institutions.

*This week’s RPI of Penn’s opponents to date: Denver (1), Cornell (6), Duke (7), Yale (12), Lehigh (17), Princeton (19), Villanova (20), Harvard (24), Brown (27), Saint Joseph’s (51). Looking at this season’s last two opponents, Dartmouth’s RPI is 34 and Bellarmine’s is 26.

*A look at the computer rankings on Monday showed that Penn continues to have the highest strength of schedule among Division I programs. That is a continuing trend in the Mike Murphy era, as the Quakers ended each of the last two seasons with the toughest schedule in the country.

*Seven of Penn’s 10 opponents to date are in this week’s USILA national coaches’ poll: No. 1 Denver (L), No. 6 Duke (W), No. 7 Cornell (L), No. 12 Princeton (W), No. 12 Yale (L), No. 16 Lehigh (W), No. 19 Villanova (W).

*Penn had at least six goal-scorers in each of its first six games, before having just four players score at Cornell and five vs. Yale. The number has gotten back up to six at Brown at Harvard the last two weeks.

*Three times this season the Quakers have had just six goals in a game; in two of those contests, six different players scored those six goals (Saint Joseph’s and Lehigh), while against Yale five players scored. (Last week, six different players scored Penn’s seven goals at Harvard.)

*Fifteen different players have scored Penn's 90 goals, and the Quakers have 50 unassisted goals vs. 40 assisted; in other words, a lot of guys are finding a lot of different ways to score.

*Penn has outscored its opponents in the fourth quarter, 32-16, so far this season. (Last Saturday, Penn outscored Harvard 4-1 in the fourth and outshot the Crimson, 17-2, in that period.)

*Penn has outshot its opponents 218-144 in the second half this season (102-65 in the third quarter, 116-79 in the fourth).

*After going 9-of-10 on man-up situations over a four-game span (10-of-12 over five games), Penn was just 1-of-5 in such situations last weekend at Harvard. The Quakers are fifth nationally in man-up offense, with a .483 success rate.

*NATIONAL STATS: Junior goalie Brian Feeney is ninth in goals-against average (7.95) and 14th in save percentage (.570); senior defenseman Anthony Santomo is 13th in caused turnovers per game (2.1); senior attackman Tim Schwalje is 16th in assists per game (2.0); junior Danny Feeney is 16th in face-off win percentage (.570)

*Schwalje was Penn's leading returning scorer from last year, and he leads the team so far this season in assists (20) and points (34).

*Schwalje had hat tricks against Duke and Denver, and after his four-point game at Harvard (2g, 2a) he has gone for multiple points in each of the last eight games after opening the season with seven points against Duke.

*Schwalje has a point in 22 straight games; he is the only Penn player to have a point in every game so far this season. (In addition, he has scored in all but one game this season, at Brown on April 13.)

*Junior Zack Losco has 12 goals in Penn’s last six games and 15 in the last eight, including hat tricks against Villanova and Denver.

*Losco leads the Quakers with 17 goals, and has scored at least two goals in six of Penn’s last eight games (he was held without a goal March 5 at Lehigh, then had one last weekend at Harvard).

*Sophomore Isaac Bock scored once last season; this season, he is second on the team with 16 goals. That includes a four-goal game in the season opener against Duke and hat tricks vs. Villanova, Princeton and Brown.

*After a stellar freshman campaign in 2011, Drew Belinsky broke his ankle prior to his sophomore season and never seemed to fully get over it. After a two-point performance at Harvard last weekend (1g, 1a), he has 20 points so far this season (12g, 8a).

*Belinsky has seven multi-point outings this season, including five in the last six games.

*In his collegiate debut, freshman Nick Doktor scored twice; in fact, in his first quarter as a collegian he scored twice. He has 13 points so far this season (10g, 3a), and on March 9 vs. Villanova he recorded his first collegiate hat trick.

*Doktor has at least a point in each of Penn’s last eight games (and nine of 10 so far this season).

*Another freshman, Mark Leonhard, scored his third goal of the season at Brown; he also scored in his first collegiate game, then again on March 5 at Lehigh.

*Junior Alex Blonsky scored last weekend, becoming the third different long pole to score for Penn this season (also Anthony Santomo twice and Matt Machucki twice).

*Sophomores Will Laco and Chris Hupfeldt saw no game action last year (Hupfeldt due to injury); Laco had a three-game goal-scoring streak earlier this season and assisted a goal at Brown, while "Hup" has had goals against Saint Joseph's and Denver and recorded assists at Cornell and Brown.

*Santomo’s goals this season have been the captain's first collegiate goals; he is joined as a captain by Schwalje, fellow classmate Brendan Engelke, a goalie, and junior defenseman Maxx Meyer.

*Santomo -- who was added to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List last week -- leads Penn with 21 caused turnovers, while Meyer has 15 and sophomore close defenseman Matt McMahon has 14; Meyer also has 30 ground balls.

*Junior Danny Feeney has taken a majority of Penn's faceoffs this season (158 of 204); he has a .570 win percentage on the X and a team-high 56 ground balls.

*Feeney went 13-of-18 on the X last Saturday at Harvard, and is 25-of-34 (.735 win percentage) in the last two games. He has also been over 50 percent against Brown (12-16), Cornell (9-17), Villanova (16-23), Denver (8-14) and Saint Joseph’s (8-12).

*Sophomore Joe McCallion, who is running on the second midfield -- he has two goals and two assists this season -- has taken the other 46 faceoffs this season and has a .413 win percentage.

*Keep an eye on No. 28, Matt Machucki; after three years as an attackman, the sizable senior has moved into a long-stick middie position. With the long stick, he has scored his first collegiate goals (against Princeton and Cornell).

*Another player who recorded his first career point recently was senior middie Dave Twamley, who had an assist against Princeton; he is one of two seniors who made the move from the Penn football team after that season ended last fall.

*In goal, junior Brian Feeney had 15 saves while allowing just three goals on April 13 at Brown; that was a career-high .833 save percentage, just ahead of the .810 he put up against Lehigh on March 5 (17 saves, 4 goals).

Of Interest...
*Penn has five players who were UnderArmour All-America selections in high school: juniors Drew Belinsky and Brian Feeney, and freshmen Nick Doktor, Pat Berkery and Sam Rohr (both Berkery and Rohr are expected to miss this season due to injury).

*Sophomores Joe McCallion and Chris Hupfeldt were seniors on the Haverford School (Pa.) boys' lacrosse team that ended the 2011 season ranked as the No. 1 high school program in the country.

*Two other players who have not yet seen time this year, Berkery and freshman Rob Savage, were on the Garden City (N.Y.) team that was ranked No. 1 at the end of last year.

*If the Savage name looks familiar to Penn fans, your intuition is correct -- Rob is indeed the brother of Dan Savage, who graduated last year and played four years on the Quaker lacrosse team.

*Penn lacrosse continues to be a family affair for McCallion, whose sister, Kelly, is a senior and a member of the Quakers' Ivy League champion women's lacrosse team.

*If Saturday's game gets to overtime, beware Drew Belinsky; as a freshman, he scored the OT winner in two different games, against Yale and Harvard.