Men's Lacrosse Hosts Harvard Saturday

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team has two weeks left in the regular season, with just a slim chance of making the four-team Ivy League Tournament. If they want to stay alive through this weekend, the first order of business for the Quakers will be defeating Harvard Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field. The teams will face off at 1 p.m.

Saturday's game will be televised live on The Comcast Network in both Philadelphia and the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. areas, as well as Comcast SportsNet New England.

The Series
Harvard owns a 42-33-2 lead in the all-time series against Penn, which began in 1900. The Crimson has won four of the last five meetings, including an 11-4 victory at Harvard Stadium on March 21, 2009. The last time these teams played at Franklin Field, Penn defeated Harvard, 12-10.

Around the Ivy League
While both Penn (0-4) and Harvard (1-2) try to stay alive in the chase for an Ivy League Tournament berth, two other games will be going on at the same time. In Providence, Brown (2-1) hosts Yale (2-2), while in Princeton the Tigers (3-0) will look to stave off Dartmouth (1-2). Cornell (3-1) is off this weekend.

About Harvard
The Crimson (5-4) are ranked 20th in this week's USILA national poll, the seventh ranked team Penn has played this season. However, Harvard has lost two straight and three of its last four games. Dean Gibbons leads the Crimson with 13 assists 34 points, while Jeff Cohen is the top goalscorer (24) and has 30 points. Terry White and Kevin Vaughan have 12 goals apiece. In goal, Harry Krieger had made six starts and has a .486 save percentage, while Christian Coates has three starts and a .520 save percentage.

Penn Notes
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (TEAM): Penn entered the week fourth nationally in man-up offense (.548 success), 20th in shot percentage (.307), and 23rd in face-off win percentage (.532).

*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (INDIVIDUAL): Justin Lynch entered the week sixth in ground balls per game (6.64) and 26th in face-off win percentage (.543); Corey Winkoff was 23rd in assists per game (1.73).

*IN THE IVY LEAGUE STATS: Penn leads the League in overall man-up offense and man-up goals per game (2.09); Lynch is tops in ground balls per game; Winkoff is second in assists per game;John Conneely and Al Kohart are tied for third in man-up goals per game (0.55).

*According to LaxPower.com, Penn's strength of schedule in 13th among all Division I teams, and second among Ivy schools (behind Princeton, which is sixth in Division I).

*Penn had seven goalscorers last weekend against Brown; the Quakers have had at least six different goalscorers in nine of 11 games this season.

*Winkoff (Penn's leader with 19 assists and 34 points) had a 16-game point-scoring streak broken three weeks ago against Cornell; he responded with career highs in goals (5) and points (7) at Yale, then two points (1g, 1a) against Brown.

*The leading assist man for Penn since he arrived on campus, Winkoff has 62 dishes for his career; he is tied for ninth on the Quakers' all-time list with former teammate Craig Andrzejewski, and needs four to reach Bill Morrill (1982-85) and Richard Bennett (1967-69) in seventh place.

*Senior Rob McMullen, who entered this season with nine collegiate goals, has scored at least two goals in six of Penn's 11 games and leads the Quakers with 17 goals.

*Conneely, a sophomore,is second on the team in assists (15) and points (27). He has recorded at least two points in nine of Penn's 11 games.

*Kohart, a junior,is second on the team in goals (16) and four in points (21); however, the MVP of the DU Face-Off Classic has just five points (5g) in Penn's last six games.

*With eight goals in Penn's last three games -- including a pair of three-goal outings vs. Cornell and Yale -- sophomore Dan Savage now has 22 points (15g, 7a).

*Savage also has a team-high seven-game point-scoring streak.

*Freshman Rob Fitzpatrick is Penn's top-scoring newcomer, with 15 points (12g, 3a); he had a five-game point-scoring streak snapped two weeks ago at Yale.

*Sophomore Tim Schwalje entered the Princeton game with two career points (1g, 1a), but has racked up a goals and six assists in the last four contests.

*Sophomore Will Amling (8g, 1a, 9 pts) has scored in seven different games this season.

*Freshman Greg Ives has a goal (vs. Cornell) and two assists (at Princeton, at Yale) in the last four games.

*Senior Ryan Bailey, who missed all of last year with a knee injury, scored two weeks ago at Yale. It was his first goal since March 15, 2008 -- also against Yale.

*Sophomore long-stick defender Will Koshansky scored his first collegiate goal at Yale.

*Koshansky has a team-high 11 caused turnovers, followed by Kelly (10), Brendan Saxon (9), Tommy Dodge (9) and Brett Hughes (8).

*After Lynch (73), Kelly is second on the team in ground balls with 35; Hughes (19) is third, followed by Saxon (17).

*With senior Chris Casey suffering a season-ending injury prior to the Yale game, the goalkeeping duties fall to sophomore Joe Hegener; he has 21 saves in the last two games, and his season numbers are 10.83 goals-against average and .465 save percentage.

Quoting Coach Murphy
"Harvard is like a lot of the other Ivy League teams in that there is strength in a lot of different places. Offensively, they are pretty similar to Cornell schematically. Harvard doesn't force us to change much of what we do compared to other teams, but one thing is for certain -- we need to be more consistent with our execution if we want to have a chance to beat them."

"Harvard has a skilled attack, but we have a few very good guys on closed defense. We need to defend well, especially against fast breaks and clears. We really need to fly around on our rides."

"We have scrimmaged a lot more this week, and the workouts have been pretty intense."

"With a lot of our games, the goal has been to be there at the end of the game and so we have focused on those situations. But lately it seems our problems have come just prior to that, say from the 10-minute mark to the 4-minute mark. So we've focused a little more on the mental aspect of that portion of the game."