PENN (1-2) vs. VILLANOVA (3-1)
Saturday, March 10, 2012 * 3 p.m.
Philadelphia (Franklin Field)
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Welcome Back, Alums!
Saturday represents Alumni Day for both Penn lacrosse programs. As part of the festivities, there will be an alumni game starting at 9:30 a.m. Following that, Penn will formally dedicate "Ace" Adams Field down in Penn Park. Coach Adams is expected to be in attendance for the ceremony. That will be followed by the women's game against Harvard at noon, then the men's game against Villanova at 3 p.m.
The Series with Villanova
The Quakers and the Wildcats have met 22 times since 1988, with Penn holding a 15-7 lead in the series. As a sign of how close this rivalry is today, there have been seven one-goal decisions in the 12 meetings since 2000. Last year, Villanova defeated Penn 9-8 in overtime on the Main Line; the year before, the Quakers eked out an 8-7 win here at Franklin Field.
The 12th-ranked Wildcats got off to a good start this season, with wins over Lehigh, Bucknell and Drexel. They were derailed a bit last weekend, falling 13-9 at Delaware. Jack Rice is Villanova's top scorer, with 12 goals, while Will Casertano has a team-high 16 points (7g, 9a). In goal, Dan Gutierrez has a 10.23 goals-against average and a .544 save percentage. Thomas Croonquist is Villanova's top face-off man, he has won 40 of 71 faces this season for a .563 percentage.
Penn in the Mile High Classic
The Penn men's lacrosse team will participate in the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic presented by Inside Lacrosse on Friday, April 27 in Denver, Colo. The Quakers are slated to meet defending NCAA champion Virginia in the first half of a doubleheader at Sports Authority Field (home of the NFL's Denver Broncos); 2011 NCAA semifinalists Duke and Denver will play in the other game.
*The Quakers got their first win of 2012 on Tuesday, knocking off No. 8 North Carolina, 10-6, here at Franklin Field.
*Dan Savage led the scoring brigade for Penn, netting his second hat trick of the season. He also had an assist.
*John Conneely, Ryan Parietti and Tim Schwalje all scored twice on Tuesday. Conneely also added two assists, while Parietti and Schwalje had one apiece.
*Anthony Adler, who had two assists in Penn's loss to Lehigh, added a goal and two more assists Tuesday night against the Tar Heels.
*Freshman Joe McCallion had a solid night at the face-off X, winning eight of 13 decisions on Tuesday.
*Savage leads Penn with nine points (6g, 3a), while Conneely has eight points (6g, 2a) and Schwalje has six (3g, 3a).
*Sophomore Brian Feeney has a 9.33 goals-against average so far this season, and a .451 save percentage. He had four stops in Tuesday's win over Carolina.
*Penn saw its home winning streak end at seven games last Tuesday, as Lehigh came to Franklin Field and left with a 10-4 victory over the Quakers.Schwalje, Conneely, Will Koshansky and Jeff Sestilio scored for Penn, while Adler had two assists.
*Koshansky is known mostly for his defense, being a long-stick middie, but his goal last Tuesday was his seventh at Penn as well as his 10th point.
*Sestilio's goal was his first at Penn, while Adler's assists were his first at Penn.
*Penn opened the season with a 12-8 loss at then-No. 10 Duke on February 25. Seniors Savage and Conneely scored three goals apiece for the Quakers, while Savage also had two assists. In his first action since 2010, Schwalje had two assists. Parietti and Drew Belinsky scored Penn's other goals.
*Of particular note against the Blue Devils, Penn went 5-of-9 in man-up.
*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 League play, Penn's 4-2 record last year was its best since, you guessed it, 2006. However, the Quakers took second in the Ivy standings, behind Cornell. The last time Penn finished second in the Ivies? Try 1989.