Around the Ivy League
It's another busy weekend, with all the teams playing out of conference and some teams playing more than once. The teams playing more than once are No. 17 Yale -- which hosts Presbyterian Thursday and Mercer Friday -- and Dartmouth, which plays at Sacred Heart Saturday and then faces Mercer in a neutral-site game on Sunday. Saturday will be chock full of action, as four teams besides the Big Green hit the road. No. 20 Brown will be at UMass and Harvard is at Hofstra, both of those games start at 1 p.m. An hour later, No. 10 Princeton will be at Homewood Field in Baltimore to face Johns Hopkins. Finally, at 3 p.m., No. 6 Cornell faces off with Army at West Point.
The Series with Lafayette
The Quakers and Leopards have met 38 times in history, with Penn holding a decided 35-3 advantage in the series. That said, Lafayette was the victor a year ago, taking a 14-9 decision in Easton that snapped a 24-game win streak by Penn stretching all the way back to 1957. The Quakers got three points each from Al Kohart and Corey Winkoff in the game.
The Leopards (2-1) gained a 16-8 win at Wagner on Tuesday, following a 12-6 win against Binghamton last Saturday. Lafayette is led by Tom Perini, who had eight goals Tuesday; he has 12 goals this season and 110 for his career, good for sixth all-time at Lafayette. (Perini scored seven goals last year vs. Penn.) Ryan Hansen and Colin Serling have five goals apiece, and Serling also has four assists. In goal, Andrijko Andrusko has played every minute; he has a 7.33 goals-against average and a .621 save percentage. Cesar Munoz is the main man on the X, with a .613 win percentage and a team-high 21 ground balls.
*After its win over Duke last Saturday, Penn is ranked 14th in this week's USILA national coaches poll. The Quakers were not receiving votes the previous week.
*Tonight's game is the third in six days that Penn is playing here at Franklin Field; the brutal early-season schedule continues next week, as the Quakers are at No. 13 UNCon Tuesday and at Villanova next Saturday.
*Penn's schedule is certainly ambitious this season. In addition to last Saturday's game against Duke -- which ranked 10th in last week's USILA poll -- the Quakers will play Virginia (currently #1), Cornell (#6), Princeton (#10), North Carolina (#13), Yale (#17), and Brown (#20). Two other opponents, Bucknell and Harvard, are receiving votes this week.
*Penn is 2-0 for the first time since 2007, when the Quakers started the season 3-0.
*Penn had six different players score its seven goals Saturday against Duke, and then seven different players scored the Quakers' eight goals Tuesday night against Bucknell.
*Freshman goalie Brian Feeney had nine saves in his collegiate debut, including four in the first half when Penn shut out Duke. On Monday, he was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. On Tuesday, Feeneyhad six saves -- all in the second half -- to help Penn overcome Bucknell.
*Junior Al Kohart (3g, 1a) and freshman Drew Belinsky (2g, 2a) are tied for the team lead with four points each.
*Three other players have scored twice this season -- Rob Fitzpatrick, Dan Savage and Ryan Parietti.
*Two other players have two assists along with Belinsky, sophomore Greg Ives and junior long-stick midfielder Will Koshansky (who had a goal and an assist in Tuesday night's win).
*Koshansky also leads Penn with seven caused turnovers; one behind him is freshman Maxx Meyer, who was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday after he had five CTs and five ground balls against Duke.
*Danny Feeney has been Penn's faceoff man the first two games; he leads the Quakers with eight ground balls.
*Penn returns four players who received All-Ivy honors last year -- senior Brett Hughes was a second-team All-Ivy pick, while seniors Corey Winkoff and Kohart and junior John Conneely were honorable mention.
*Winkoff -- who, amazingly, has yet to score a point this season -- was Penn's leading scorer last year, scoring 18 goals and dishing out 25 assists. He had at least two points in all but one game a year ago.
*Winkoff enters the 2011 season with 68 career assists, which is sixth on the program's all-time list.
*Conneely was Penn's second-leading scorer in 2010, with 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points. As a sophomore, he had at least two points in all but two games a year ago.
*Overall, Penn returns six of its top seven scorers from last year.