PHILADELPHIA - Coming off a win in its Ivy League opener last weekend, the Penn men’s lacrosse team hosts Harvard this Saturday at 1 p.m. in another key conference tilt.
The Crimson (4-1) are playing their Ivy opener Saturday, and ride into Franklin Field with a four-game winning streak. They boast the No. 19 spot in the latest USILA national coaches’ poll.
For Penn (3-2), the game offers some redemption with regard to going up against ranked teams -- the Quakers have faced two other teams currently ranked by the USILA (Drexel at No. 14, Denver at No. 20) and lost to both by a goal. In both cases, Penn held a comfortable lead entering the fourth quarter but could not hold on for the victory.
Some notes entering Saturday’s game...
Penn is looking to snap a three-game losing streak to the Crimson, including last year’s 7-6, overtime decision in Cambridge. The last time these two met on Franklin Field, Harvard knocked off a previously-unbeaten Quaker squad, 13-8.
Penn got off to a good start in league play last Saturday, knocking off Yale, 9-7, behind four goals from Al Kohart and two apiece from Garvey Heiderman and Craig Andrzejewski. Corey Winkoff had two assists in the contest.
Kohart was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday, giving him the honor for the second time this season. Overall, a Penn player has received the Rookie of the Week honor every week this season so far.
Goalkeeper Chris Casey had 12 saves against the Bulldogs and earned a spot on the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll; overall, he has a .511 save percentage and an 8.78 goals-against average this season, and has played every minute between the pipes.
Andrzejewski earned Ivy League Player of the Week on March 10 after his play at Denver’s Pioneer Faceoff Classic, where Penn went 1-1. He earned all-tournament at that event along with Casey, Heiderman and defenseman Tommy Dodge.
Harvard has won four games in a row and sits 19th in the latest USILA national coaches’ poll; most recently, the Crimson scored 10 goals in a row en route to a 12-3 romp over Fairfield.
Jason Duboe leads the Crimson in scoring, with 11 goals and 14 points; Travis Burr has scored eight goals, while Jesse Fehr (7g, 2a) and Max Mottschwiller (6g, 23a) have nine points apiece.
Junior Joe Pike has gotten the start in goal all season, and boasts a .644 save percentage and 4.29 GAA.