PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men’s lacrosse team (5-4, 2-2 Ivy League) gets right back into action Tuesday night, hosting Princeton (6-2, 1-0 Ivy) in its fifth-straight Ivy League game. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. tonight at Franklin Field.
Some notes heading into the contest...
Today’s game represents the second Ivy League home game in four days for Penn, and the fifth conference game overall. The Quakers will close out the Ivy season Saturday at No. 20 Brown (by comparison, Princeton is playing just its second Ivy League game of the season).
It has been a mighty long time since Penn beat Princeton in men’s lacrosse -- the Quakers’ last win over the Tigers came in 1989, a 12-4 decision.
That said, these two teams played a barn-burner the last time they met here on Franklin Field, as Princeton pulled out a 6-5, double-overtime victory in 2005. Last year, in Princeton, the Tigers defeated the Quakers, 16-7.
Penn got a much-needed boost Friday night, coming back from a 7-3 deficit with five unanswered goals to get an 8-7 win over Dartmouth. Craig Andrzejewski filled the hero’s role, scoring the tying goal with 1:41 left and then giving Penn its only lead of the night with just 27 seconds to play. For his efforts, he was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Penn’s win over Dartmouth marked the fourth time in the last five games, and the fifth time this season, the Quakers have played a one-goal game; they are 3-2 in those contests.
Andrzejewski is tied for the Ivy League lead in points per game (4.00) and is second in the Ivies in assists per game (1.89). Overall, he has 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points. Casey O'Rourke is second (10-7 --17) and Alex Salihi is third (10-6 --16), while David Cornbrooks (12-3 --15) and Garvey Heiderman (8-4 --12) are also in double figures.
At the other end, freshman Chris Casey had eight saves in Penn’s win Friday night, including five big ones in the first quarter to keep the Quakers in it. He has a 9.44 goals-against average and a .495 save percentage to date.
Princeton -- winners of five-straight games -- was actually ranked No. 1 earlier this season. Currently, the Tigers are ranked sixth in the USILA national coaches’ poll.
The Tigers downed Syracuse, 12-8, Saturday afternoon at Princeton Stadium. Princeton was led by Peter Trombino’s seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) and Matt Kovler’s five points (4 goals, 1 assist).
Trombino leads Princeton in scoring with 23 points (19g, 4a), followed by Tommy Davis (9-1221) and Kovler (14-317). Alex Haynie and Scott Sowanick both have 11 points to date.
Goalkeeper Alex Hewit, last year’s recipient of the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the nation’s outstanding goalie, leads the Ivies in conference save percentage and goals-against average.