On Saturday the Red and Blue host Brown, and the goal will be to put together a good start AND a good finish. The teams will face off at 1 p.m. on Franklin Field.
At the midway point of the Ivy League season, Penn is the only team in the conference without a win. The Quakers hope to change that Saturday afternoon, but the task will be another stiff one. At 1-1 in the Ivies, Brown is looking to stay in the hunt for the Ivy championship with another victory. The Bears entered the week leading the Ivy League in scoring (11.86 goals per game).
Brown leads the series over Penn, 28-19, but the Quakers have won four of the last six meetings including a 7-6 decision last year in Providence. The last time these teams played at Franklin Field, in 2008, the Bears were able to pull out an 8-5 victory. In 2006, Penn downed Brown, 9-8, here in Philadelphia.
Around the Ivy League
While Brown and Penn battle on Franklin Field Saturday, Yale (1-2) and Dartmouth (1-1) will be in action up in Hanover at the same time. A big matchup takes place in Ithaca, as Harvard (1-1) faces Cornell (2-1) in a game that could essentially be an elimination game in the championship race. Princeton (3-0) is out of the conference this week; the Tigers face Syracuse Giants Stadium at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Big Apple Classic.
The Bears (4-4 overall) are ranked 20th in this week's USILA national coaches' poll, the sixth ranked opponent Penn has faced this season. Brown defeated Bryant earlier this week, 9-7. Andrew Feinberg (20-2-22) and Thomas Muldoon (15-7-22) lead the scoring charge, followed by David Hawley and Parker Brown who have 19 points apiece. Reade Seligmann leads the team with 10 assists, while Rob Schlesinger has 15 points. In goal, All-America Jordan Burke is gone; Matt Chriss has started every game this season and has a 10.37 goals-against average and a .512 save percentage.
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (TEAM): Penn entered the week fifth nationally in man-up offense (.541 success), 18th in shot percentage (.310), and 22nd in assists per game (6.50).
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (INDIVIDUAL): Justin Lynch entered the week sixth in ground balls per game (6.70); Corey Winkoff was 21st in assists per game (1.80).
*IN THE IVY LEAGUE STATS: Penn led the League in overall man-up offense and man-up goals per game (2.00); Lynch was tops in ground balls per game; John Conneely was second in man-up goals per game (0.60), while Al Kohart was third (0.50); Winkoff was third in assists per game.
*Penn had seven goalscorers last weekend at Yale; the Quakers have had at least six different goalscorers in eight of 10 games this season.
*Winkoff (Penn's leader with 18 assists and 32 points) had a 16-game point-scoring streak broken two weekends ago against Cornell; he responded with career highs in goals (5) and points (7) last weekend against Yale.
*The leading assist man for Penn since he arrived on campus, Winkoff has 61 dishes for his career; he is tied for 10th on the Quakers' all-time leader with Ron Smolokoff (1983-86), and needs one more to tie former teammate Craig Andrzejewski for ninth all-time.
*Senior Rob McMullen, who entered this season with nine collegiate goals, has scored at least two goals in six of Penn's ten games and leads the Quakers with 16 goals.
*Conneely, a sophomore,is second on the team in assists (13) and points (23). He has recorded at least two points in eight of Penn's 10 games.
*Kohart, a junior,is second on the team in goals (15) and third in points (20); however, the MVP of the DU Face-Off Classic has just four points in Penn's last five games.
*After putting together a pair of three-goal outings the last two weekends, sophomore Dan Savage now has 20 points (13g, 7a) and a six-game point-scoring streak.
*Sophomore Will Amling (8g, 1a, 9 pts) has scored in seven different games this season.
*Freshman Rob Fitzpatrick is Penn's top-scoring newcomer, with 14 points (11g, 3a); he had a five-game point-scoring streak snapped last weekend at Yale.
*Freshman Greg Ives has a goal (vs. Cornell) and two assists (at Princeton, at Yale) in the last three games.
*Senior Ryan Bailey, who missed all of last year with a knee injury, scored last weekend against Yale. It was his first goal since March 15, 2008 -- also against Yale.
*Sophomore long-stick defender Will Koshansky scored his first collegiate goal last weekend at Yale.
*Sophomore Tim Schwalje entered the Princeton game with two career points (1g, 1a), but has racked up six assists in the last three contests.
*Koshansky has a team-high 10 caused turnovers, followed by Kelly (9), Brendan Saxon (8), Tommy Dodge (8) and Brett Hughes (7).
*After Lynch (67), Kelly is second on the team in ground balls with 32; Saxon (16) is third, followed by Hughes (15).
*With senior Chris Casey suffering a season-ending injury prior to last weekend's Yale game, the goalkeeping duties fall to sophomore Joe Hegener; he had 11 saves against the Bulldogs, and has a 10.58 goals-against average and .467 save percentage.
Quoting Coach Murphy