Men's Lacrosse Hosts Lehigh on Tuesday

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team plays its 2012 home opener on Tuesday night, hosting Lehigh at Franklin Field. The Quakers are looking to shake off a 12-8 loss at Duke on Friday that opened the season.

Tuesday's game can be viewed online at PennAthletics.com; there is a charge for this service.

GAME 2
#17 PENN (0-1) vs. LEHIGH (2-1)
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 * 7 p.m.
Philadelphia (Franklin FIeld)
Video: PennAthletics.com (there is a charge for this service)

The Series with Lehigh
The Quakers and the Mountain Hawks have met 39 times previously, with Penn holding a 26-13 advantage in the series. In fact, the Quakers have won 14 of the last 15 meetings, the only hiccup coming in 2006 when Lehigh won 14-8. The most recent matchup came on this exact date in 2007 and was played here at Franklin Field. Penn won the game, 13-12.

About Lehigh
The Mountain Hawks are coming off their first shutout win since 1972, a 13-0 decision over Manhattan on Saturday. David DiMaria and Patrick Corbett had three goals and four points each, while Matthew Poillon had four saves in the blanking. In addition to DiMaria and Corbett, Dan Taylor and Adam Johnston have four goals on this young season. Poillon has a .592 save percentage.

About Penn
*Penn opened the season with a 12-8 loss at then-No. 10 Duke on Friday night. Seniors Dan Savage and John Conneely scored three goals apiece for the Quakers, while Savage also had two assists. In his first action since 2010, Tim Schwalje had two assists. Ryan Parietti and Drew Belinsky scored Penn's other goals.

*Of particular note on Friday, Penn went 5-of-9 in man-up situations.

*Brian Feeney was in goal for Penn Friday night and made 11 saves.

*Penn's 13-game schedule includes nine teams that were listed in the USILA national coaches' preseason Top 20. Among the opponents: Virginia (#1), Duke and Cornell (tied at #3), North Carolina (#6), and Villanova (#10). It was ranked the toughest schedule in the country.

*Penn finished the 2011 regular season at 8-6, its best overall record since 2006 (10-4), and advanced to the NCAAs for the first time since that 2006 season.

*In Ivy play, Penn's 4-2 record last year was its best since, you guessed it, 2006. However, the Quakers took second in the standings, behind Cornell. The last time Penn finished second in the Ivies? Try 1989, when the Quakers tied Cornell and Brown for second behind Yale.

*Penn had two players named preseason All-America by Inside Lacrosse, senior long-stick middie Will Koshansky and sophomore defenseman Maxx Meyer.

*Koshansky, who finished third nationally last year in caused turnovers per game, also was drafted by Major League Lacrosse's Boston Cannons prior to the season; he will be eligible to join the Cannons once this season is over.

*Meyer finished 13th nationally in caused turnovers per game, but missed the last three games after breaking his ankle against Dartmouth.

*Savage is on the original Tewaaraton Award Watch List, which was released last week. The Tewaaraton Award is presented each year to the nation's top player in both men's and women's lacrosse.

*Penn lost its top two scorers from a year ago, Corey Winkoff (35 points) and Al Kohart (29). Conneely is the leading returning scorer, with 20 points, while Savage is the leading returning goalscorer with 16.

*Junior Rob Fitzpatrick had 14 goals and five assists last year for 19 points, tying for fourth on the team with Savage.

*Belinsky (10-4--14) and Parietti (7-4--11) are the other double-digit point scorers from a year ago.

*In goal, Brian Feeney played all but 15 minutes last year as a freshman. He had a .494 save percentage and an 8.22 goals-against average.

*Brian's twin brother Danny Feeney was Penn's top face-off man a year ago; he had a .437 win percentage on 268 draws. Expect freshman Joe McCallion to see time on the X, as well.