Men's Lacrosse Hosts Harvard Saturday

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.