Around the Ivy League
Conference play begins this weekend, with six of the seven teams in action within the league. While Penn and Princeton will face off at 3 p.m., the other two league games will face off at 1 p.m. One takes place in New Haven, where Yale hosts Cornell, while the other is a New England battle pitting Harvard against host Brown. Dartmouth has the bye this week; the Big Green is at Duke Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
The Series with Princeton
The Quakers and the Tigers have met 79 times previously, with Princeton holding a 63-16 lead in the series. A large reason for that is recent history -- the Tigers have not lost to the Quakers since 1989, winning 21 in a row. That said, the last two games (and three of the last six) have gone to overtime. Last year Princeton won 11-10 in Princeton, and two years ago the Tigers won 10-9 in extra time at Franklin Field.
Like Penn, the 11th-ranked Tigers (1-3) most recently played Villanova. And like the Quakers, Princeton fell to the Wildcats by a goal, 10-9 on Tuesday. Cliff Larkin had three goals and two assists to lead Princeton, while Jeff Frocarro had three points and Chris McBride scored twice. Tom Schreiber -- who went scoreless on Tuesday -- leads Princeton with 10 points (7g, 3a), while Forest Sonnenfeldt also has seven goals. Froccaro (4g, 2a) and Larkin (3g, 3a) have six points apiece. In goal, Tyler Fiorito has played every minute; he boasts an 8.25 goals-against average and a .593 save percentage.
*The Quakers were ranked ninth in last week's USILA national poll, but fell to 18th this week after losses at No. 15 UNC (12-6) and No 20 Villanova (9-8 in overtime).
*After playing five games in two weeks, Penn's schedule has slowed down -- Saturday's game is the only one the Quakers play this week. In fact, Penn will play just one more midweek game the rest of this season (April 20 at Saint Joseph's).
*Penn started 3-0 for the first time since 2007, and is 3-0 at Franklin Field this season with three games left at the venerable venue.
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (team): Penn entered the week 12th in man-up offense (41.7 success), 14th in scoring defense (7.2 GAA), and 14th in caused turnovers per game.
*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (individual): junior Will Koshansky entered the week third in caused turnovers per game (3.4) while freshman Maxx Meyer was 14th (2.0); freshman Brian Feeney was 13th in goals-against average (7.15) and 41st in save percentage (.507); senior Corey Winkoff was 21st in assists per game (1.6).
*After being held scoreless in Penn's first two games, Winkoff has 10 points in the last three contests. He has a team-high eight assists and is tied for the team lead with 10 points.
*Winkoff -- who had five assists last Saturday at Villanova -- now has 76 assists in his career which is fifth all-time at Penn. His next one will move him into a tie for fourth with Jon Cusson (1994-97).
*In a survey of the NCAA Division I SIDs, Winkoff's 76 career assists stand tied for sixth among active players nationally.
*Junior John Conneely had Penn's first three-goal game this season, on March 4 against Lafayette; Al Kohart followed up with a three-goal game last Tuesday at UNC.
*Kohart leads Penn with eight goals and is tied with Winkoff for the team lead with 10 points, while Conneely has six goals and nine points.
*Sophomore Rob Fitzpatrick is fourth on the team with eight points overall (4g, 4a).
*Two other Penn players have scored four goals this season -- junior Dan Savage and freshman Drew Belinsky.
*Koshansky, a long-stick middie, has four points this season (2g, 2a) and also leads Penn with 17 caused turnovers; Meyer is behind him in CTs (10).
*Danny Feeney has been Penn's faceoff man the first five games; he leads the Quakers with 22 ground balls, followed by Meyer (18) and Koshansky (17).
*Penn had six different players score its seven goals in its season opener against Duke, and then seven different players scored the Quakers' eight goals last Tuesday against Bucknell.
*Freshman Brian Feeney -- Danny's twin brother -- has played every minute in goal for Penn.
*Penn returns four players who received All-Ivy honors last year -- senior Brett Hughes was a second-team All-Ivy pick, while Winkoff, Kohart and Conneely were honorable mention.
*Overall, Penn returns six of its top seven scorers from last year.