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PENN (0-2) vs. NORTH CAROLINA (3-0)
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 * 7 p.m.
Philadelphia (Franklin Field)
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The Quakers and the Tar Heels have met 12 times previously, with UNC holding an 8-4 lead in the series. Last year, the Tar Heels gained a 12-6 win in Chapel Hill; prior to that, the last meeting was in 2006 and was won, 13-4, by the Quakers. This is just the fourth time these two teams have met at Franklin Field, and the first since 1991 (also 1986 and 1988). UNC won the previous three games played here.
The Tar Heels fell to Lehigh on Saturday, 9-8, to drop to 4-1 on the season. It also dropped Carolina from fourth to eighth in the latest USILA national coaches poll. Marcus Holman is the Tar Heels' leading scorer, with 16 points, while Joey Sankey has 14 and Davey Emala has 13. Jimmy Bitter has 10 points. In goal, Steven Rastivo has started all five games; he has an 8.47 goals-against average and a .561 save 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.
*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. Tim Schwalje, John Conneely, Will Koshansky and Jeff Sestilio scored for Penn, while Anthony 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 Dan 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. Ryan Parietti and Drew Belinsky scored Penn's other goals.
*Of particular note against the Blue Devils, Penn went 5-of-9 in man-up.
*Sophomore Brian Feeney has gone every minute in goal for the Quakers; he has 19 saves and a .463 save percentage.
*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.
*Penn had two players named preseason All-America by Inside Lacrosse, senior long-stick middie 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.
*Savage is on the original Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The Tewaaraton Award is presented 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.
*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.