PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men’s lacrosse team hosts Maryland Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. on Franklin Field. Some notes heading into Saturday’s game...
Penn closes out the 2007 regular season with a pair of home games; after Saturday’s contest with Maryland, the Quakers are off for two full weeks before hosting Denver on May 5.
Maryland has dominated the series between these two, winning all six matchups. Of course, there was a little bit of a lull in the series -- no games were played between 1931 and 2003. The last three years, though, the Terps have downed the Quakers handily.
This is the first meeting between the teams here at Franklin Field. Five of the previous six games were played in College Park, and the other game -- in 2005 -- took place at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Eagles.
Penn (6-5) came up with another big win last weekend, winning at Brown 12-10. The Quakers finished 3-3 in the Ivy League for the second-straight year and the third time in four seasons.
Craig Andrzejewski had another big game for Penn, with three goals and four assists. He is currently second among Ivy players in assists per game (2.09) and points per game (4.09), and tied for sixth in goals per game (2.00).
David Cornbrooks also had three goals in last weekend’s win, while Alex Salihi scored twice. Some unusual offensive sources were found, too, as Brian Weiss, Joe Kelly and Glenn Goebels each scored their first goals of the season.
Chris Casey had 11 saves at Brown; he entersthe weekendwith a 9.58 goals-against average and .493 save percentage.
Consistently one of the top programs in the nation, Maryland closes out its regular season Saturday. The eighth-ranked Terps will be in Durham, N.C. for the ACC Tournament next weekend.
UM has three 20-point scorers in Michael Phipps (21-18 --39), Max Ritz (17-18 --35) and Dan Groot (13-7 --20). Four other players have scored at least 10 points this season.
In the Maryland goal, freshman Brian Phipps -- Michael’s younger brother -- has a 7.74 GAA and .604 save percentage on the season.
A sign of the parity that seems to be pervading lacrosse this season? Penn and Maryland, combined, have played five overtime games this season; Penn is 1-2, Maryland is 1-1.