PHILADELPHIA – Off to its first 2-0 start in Ivy League play since 2008 -- and just the second since 1984 -- the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team steps out of conference with a midweek game against the University of Maryland Tuesday at 4 p.m. This is the start of an iron stretch for the Quakers, who over their next three games play the No. 6 (Maryland), No. 1 (Yale) and No. 3 (Brown) teams in the latest USILA national poll.
GAME 8 – #20 PENN (5-2, 2-0 Ivy League) vs. #6MARYLAND (5-2)
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 * 4 p.m.
Franklin Field (Philadelphia)
The Series with Maryland
The Terps have won all 13 matchups with the Quakers, including an 11-7 decision last year in College Park. Prior to that, the last meeting took place in the 2010 season and was a 10-7 UM win. (The teams met every year from 2004-10.)
The Terps were an NCAA finalist a year ago, and are 5-2 this season after beating North Carolina on Saturday. Matt Rambo leads the way offensively, with 20 points (14g, 6a), while Colin Heacock has a team-high 16 goals and Bryan Cole tops the squad with 10 assists. Connor Kelly has 15 points (8/7), and Dylan Maltz has 11 (8/3). In goal, Kyle Bernlohr has played all but 15 minutes and has a .532 save percentage.
*Penn leads the nation in saves per game (13.86); is sixth in assists per game (8.14); seventh in shot percentage (.349); 13th in man-up offense (.464); 13th in points per game (19.86); t-16th in win percentage (.714); and 17th in scoring offense (12.17).
*Freshman goalkeeper Reed Junkin leads the nation in saves per game (13.57) and is fifth in save percentage (.586).
*Senior attackman Nick Doktor leads the nation in assists per game (3.29) and is 11th in points per game (4.43).
*Freshman middie Alex Roesner is third nationally in man-up goals (6).
*Sophomore Reilly Hupfeldt is seventh nationally in shot percentage (.500).
*Senior Nick Doktor leads the Quakers with 31 points (8g, 23a) and has recorded at least two points in every game so far this season including 26 in the last five games (4 vs. Penn State, 7 vs. Lafayette and at Princeton, 5 at Villanova, 3 vs. Cornell).
*Doktor is fifth on Penn’s all-time assists list with 82; he needs four to catch Andy Crofton (1993-96) in fourth.
*Doktor is ninth on Penn’s all-time points list with 146; he needs two to catch Todd Minerley (1998-2000) in eighth.
*Doktor has a point-scoring streak of 34 games dating back to the 2014 season; the streak is the seventh-longest in the nation.
*Sophomore Connor Keating, a face-off wing and long-stick defensive middie for the Quakers, is the only long pole in the country to have a point in all of his team’s games this season, and is the highest-scoring long pole in the country with 12 points (8g, 4a).
*Keating has two three-point games this season (against Michigan and Villanova) and scored two goals in the Quakers’ win over Penn State on March 5.
*Those who followed Penn last year know that this is nothing new; in fact, Keating had five points last season as a long-stick freshman.
Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Through seven games this season, Penn has 12 different goal-scorers this season; in fact, the Quakers have had at least five different goal scorers in all six games so far.
*Six different players have scored at least eight goals each, led by sophomore Reilly Hupfeldt and freshman Alex Roesner who have a team-high 13 each.
*Freshman Simon Mathias has 12 goals, while sophomore Kevin McGeary has 11; both went for five goals in the March 19 win at Princeton.
*After not scoring in Penn’s first three games, junior Kevin Brown exploded for four against Lafayette (with three of them coming in the opening half); he had an assist at Princeton.
*Doktor, Hupfeldt, Keating, Mathias and Roesner have all recorded at least a point in every game so far this season.
*In the Inside Lacrosse Early-Season Freshman Rankings, released on March 10, goalie Reed Junkin was ranked fourth and defenseman Noah Lejman was ranked 16th.