PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team kicks off a busy spring break week with state rival Penn State on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field. This is the first of three games the Quakers will play against Keystone State opponents over a seven-day span, as they host Lafayette on Tuesday and then go to Villanova a week from Saturday. Faceoff with the No. 20 Nittany Lions is noon.
GAME 3 – PENN (1-1) vs. #20 PENN STATE (3-1)
Saturday, March 5, 2016 * Noon
Franklin Field (Philadelphia)
The Series with Penn State
This marks the 35th meeting between the Quakers and the Nittany Lions, with PSU leading the series 22-12. Last year, Penn State gained a 14-11 win in State College; it was the first meeting between these programs since 1977.
About Penn State
The Nittany Lions are ranked 20th in this week’s USILA poll. Grant Ament has six goals and 10 assists for 16 points to lead the attack. TJ Sanders -- who had six points in last year’s win over the Quakers (4g, 2a) -- has a team-high 10 goals, while Nick Aponte has 10 points (3g, 7a) and Matt Florence has scored seven times. In goal, Will Schreiner has started all four games and played 198 of 240 minutes; he has a .415 save percentage and an 11.51 GAA.
*Senior attackman Nick Doktor was among 50 men named to the Tewaaraton Award Preseason Watch List, which came out on February 23.
*Doktor currently sits 11th on Penn’s all-time lists for assists (61) and points (120). He needs one assist to tie Craig Andrzejewski in the Top 10, and 15 points to tie Corey Winkoff.
*Doktor’s point-scoring streak is also up to 29 games dating back to the 2014 season; the streak is the seventh-longest in the nation.
*Though only playing two games so far, Penn already has nine different goal-scorers this season; in fact, all nine scored in the season-opening win against Michigan. Last Sunday, seven players scored at Virginia.
*Six different players have scored three goals each, and are tied for the team lead in that category. They are Doktor; sophomores Kevin McGeary, Reilly Hupfeldt and Connor Keating (a long-pole middie); and freshmen Alex Roesner and Simon Mathias. Another freshman, Joe Licciardi, has scored twice this season.
*Inside Lacrosse named five of Penn’s freshmen among its Power 100 Freshmen of 2016 including three in the Top 20 and four in the Top 40: Noah Lejman (7th); Tyler Dunn (13th); Alex Roesner (17th); Simon Mathias (39th); and Joe Licciardi (72nd).
*Another freshman, Reed Junkin, was the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on February 22. He followed that up with 16 saves last Sunday at Virginia. Overall, Junkin has a .528 save percentage through two games so far this season.
Red (White) and Blue
Three newcomers to the Penn roster will spend the summer with the United States team at the Under-19 World Cup in Canada -- Tyler Dunn, Alex Roesner and Noah Lejman.