PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team has been playing tournament lacrosse for two weeks, and the result is road wins at Brown and Harvard. The playoff run continues Saturday, as the Quakers host Dartmouth at Franklin Field. It’s Alumni Day at Franklin Field for both Penn lacrosse programs, as the women host Yale at 3 p.m.
GAME 12 – PENN (5-6, 2-3 Ivy League) vs. DARTMOUTH (4-6, 1-3)
Saturday, April 18, 2015 * Noon
Philadelphia (Franklin Field)
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)
Thank You, Seniors!
Saturday’s game is the final home contest for the Penn men’s lacrosse Class of 2015: Isaac Bock, Greg Caso, Brian Coleman, Tom Gavin, Chris Hupfeldt, Will Laco, John Lopes, Joe McCallion, Matt McMahon, Chris Moriarty, Mike Power, Jeff Puckette, and Andrew Staller.
The Series with Dartmouth
*The Quakers lead the series 40-27, and have won two in a row; three of the last four; and seven of the last nine meetings.
*Penn has not lost to Dartmouth here in Philadelphia since 2005, going 4-0 in the meetings since then (8-7 in 2007; 9-6, in 2009; 9-4 in 2011; 11-2 in 2013).
*Penn has been particularly stingy on defense against the Big Green in recent years; last year the Quakers held Dartmouth to just three goals, while two seasons ago they held the Green to just two goals. In 2011, Dartmouth scored just four goals in this game.
Around the Ivy League
The weekend actually starts on Friday night, as Harvard (1-3) is at Princeton (3-1) in a game that starts at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Cornell (3-1) is at Brown (2-2) at 1 p.m. Yale (3-2) has the bye this weekend and plays at UAlbany Saturday at 7 p.m. Penn is the only team that will be finished with Ivy play after this weekend, and has the bye next weekend while Brown is at Dartmouth; Princeton is at Cornell; and Yale is at Harvard.
McMahon A Senior CLASS Award Finalist
The Senior CLASS Award announced its 10 finalists last week, 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. The Senior CLASS Award recipient will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championships in Philadelphia, May 23-25.
#MattMcCLASS - VOTE FOR MATT!
Nationwide fan voting is underway to help select the Senior CLASS Award winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through May 11. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. To vote, go to www.SeniorClassAward.com/vote/!
*Penn has played five teams that are ranked in this week’s USILA national coaches poll (#3 Maryland, #7 Yale, #10 Cornell, #13 Brown, #19 Princeton).
*After today’s game, Penn closes out its regular season next Saturday with Virginia as part of the ACC Championship, which takes place at PPL Park outside of Philadelphia. The Cavaliers, fifth-place finishers in the ACC, are ranked ninth in this week’s USILA poll.
*According to Laxpower.com, Penn entered the weekend 11th in Strength of Schedule (SOS); this is nothing new for Penn under Head Coach Mike Murphy, as the Quakers’ final SOS in 2014 was sixth, while in 2013 it was second (behind only fellow Ivy institution Princeton) and in 2011 it ranked first.
*Penn has won two Ivy League games in a row, both on the road (at Brown, at Harvard), after starting the conference season 0-3.
*Penn trailed the entire game at Harvard until there was 4:48 left in the fourth quarter, and only held one lead -- at 10-9, the final score.
*Freshman middie Kevin McGeary has been the Ivy Rookie of the Week each of the last two weeks; he has 10 points in the last four games, and seven goals in the last three.
Penn in the National Stats
*Junior Nick Doktor entered the week leading the Ivy League and third nationally in assists per game (2.91) and 17th in points per game (4.36).
*Senior defenseman Matt McMahon -- an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year -- entered the week second among Ivy players and fifth nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.00).
*Freshman Reilly Hupfeldt was tied for 22nd in individual man-up goals (5), while senior Joe McCallion was tied for 41st (4).
Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Two weeks ago, Penn held Brown -- which entered the game second in the nation in scoring offense -- without a goal for a span of 22:04 in the second half.
*Penn has had a player record at least a hat trick in nine of 11 games this season, and what is interesting is that six different players have performed the feat: seniors Joe McCallion (Cornell, Maryland, Saint Joseph’s), Isaac Bock (Villanova), Chris Moriarty (Lafayette), and Chris Hupfeldt (at Penn State); and freshmen Kevin McGeary (Harvard, UMBC) and Reilly Hupfeldt (Princeton).
*What might be even more interesting is one of the players who has NOT recorded a hat trick so far this season: the team’s leading scorer, junior Nick Doktor.
*Doktor is the only Penn player to record at least a point in every game this season; in fact, he has a 25-game point-scoring streak that dates back to the second game of last season.
*Doktor moved past the 100-point milestone for his career at Brown, and enters today’s game with 106 (51g, 55a); the last Penn player to reach triple digits was Corey Winkoff, who graduated in 2011 with 135 career points.
*McCallion has 32 points this season (21g, 11a), which is seven more than he had in his first three seasons combined (11g, 14).
*Junior Pat Berkery has scored in seven of the last eight games, including his first multi-goal game of 2015 two weeks ago at Brown.
*Freshman long-stick middie Connor Keating has four goals this season.
*Freshman Chris Santangelo and junior Rob Savage have taken almost all of Penn’s face-offs this season; Santangelo has a .562 win percentage -- a number that goes up to .625 the last three games (35/56) -- while Savage has a .456 win percentage.
*Junior Jimmy Sestilio has started all 11 games in goal for Penn, sharing duties with senior John Lopes in eight of them.
*Sestilio entered the week with a .486 save percentage and 12.33 saves per game; he has already had an 18-save game (Penn State) and a 17-save game (Brown) this season.
*As for Lopes (.478 save percentage / 9.32 GAA), he stepped on at halftime at Cornell and made nine saves over 39 minutes of action before finally allowing a goal in the third overtime. Last weekend at Harvard, he had six saves and allowed just three goals in his stint.