PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team opens Ivy League play with its tradition regional rival, Princeton. The home team has won the last five games in this series, and the Quakers hope to continue that run as Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest will face off at Franklin Field.
GAME 7 – PENN (3-3) vs. #11 PRINCETON (3-1)
Saturday, March 14, 2015 * 1 p.m.
Philadelphia (Franklin Field)
For the first time, Penn will charge admission to its home games this season at Franklin Field. Season-ticket packages are on sale now, and single-game tickets are available for purchase at any time.To order, please visit PennAthletics.com/tickets or call (215) 898-6151. Tickets can also be purchased on game days at the Penn Athletics Ticket Office, located at the North end of Weightman Hall (NW corner of Franklin Field).
$7 for adults
$5 for youths (12 and under)
Penn students and employees get in free with their PennCard (guests are $5 each)
$28 for adults
$20 for youths (12 and under)
The Series with Princeton
The Tigers lead the series, 65-18, but these programs have split the last four meetings, with the home team winning each one. Before that, Princeton won in 2009 and 2010 but both of those games needed overtime before they were decided. Last year in New Jersey, Princeton gained a 15-12 victory.
The Tigers opened the season with wins over Manhattan, Hofstra and Johns Hopkins -- the win over the Hop coming in overtime -- before losing last Saturday at Maryland, 11-4. Mike MacDonald leads Princeton in scoring, with 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points. Kip Orban has scored nine goals, while Gavin McBride has seven and both Ryan Ambler and Zach Currier have seven. MacDonald and Ambler were second-team All-Ivy picks a year ago, as was sophomore midfielder Jake Froccaro (1g, 3a). In goal, Eric Sanschagrin has started every game; he has posted a 10.53 goals-against average and a .535 save percentage.
McMahon A Candidate For Senior CLASS Award
The Senior CLASS Award has announced its 20 candidates for the 2015 men’s lacrosse season, and Penn senior Matt McMahon is one of them! To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
*Penn has had a player record at least a hat trick in every game this season, and perhaps just as impressive they have come from five different players: seniors Isaac Bock (Villanova), Chris Moriarty (Lafayette), Joe McCallion (Saint Joseph’s and Maryland) and Chris Hupfeldt (at Penn State); and freshman Kevin McGeary (UMBC).
*McCallion, Bock, and junior Nick Doktor are the only Penn players who have recorded at least a point in every game this season; in fact, Doktor has a 20-game point-scoring streak that dates back to the second game of last season.
*Doktor enters the weekend third in the nation in assists per game (3.17) and 15th in points per game (4.50), while McCallion entered the week 56th nationally in goals per game (2.17).
*Doktor continues to lead Penn in points, with 27 (8g, 19a).
*McCallion has 19 points this season (13g, 6a), which is more than he had all of last season (17); he entered this season with 25 career points (11g, 14).
*Junior Pat Berkery has scored a goal in each of the last three games.
*Sophomore Austin Kreinz scored a goal last weekend and has four goals this season (also two against UMBC and one vs. Saint Joseph’s).
*After not scoring in any of Penn’s first five games, sophomore Kevin Brown scored twice last Saturday against Villanova; he had 18 goals a year ago for the Quakers.
*Moriarty has four goals this season; he entered the campaign with just two for his career.
*Freshman Reilly Hupfeldt has five goals this season; four of them have come in man-up situations. He is seventh nationally in that category.
*Peter Laco scored his first collegiate points at Penn State on February 28 with a goal and an assist.
*In Penn’s loss at Maryland on February 24, McCallion scored a career-high four goals to lead the Penn attack (Doktor assisted on all of those goals).
*Penn started the season 2-0 for the third time in Mike Murphy’s six seasons, the other two being 2011 (when Penn started 3-0) and 2013 (2-0).
*On February 17, Penn gave up the first seven goals to Saint Joseph’s and was still down 9-4 to the Hawks entering the final quarter before rallying to win, 11-10, in overtime.
*Doktor had the OT winner to finish off a four-point game (2g, 2a); he was one of two Penn players to record four points in the contest, McCallion being the other one (3g, 1a).
*Overall, eight different players scored Penn’s 11 goals against the Hawks including freshman long-stick middie Connor Keating who netted his first as a collegian. (Keating has missed the last three games due to injury.)
*The Quakers opened the 2015 season with a 10-8 win over UMBC on February 14 at Franklin Field.
*McGeary led the Penn attack against the Retrievers, scoring three goals in his collegiate debut.
*Junior Rob Savage and freshman Chris Santangelo have taken almost all of Penn’s face-offs this season; Savage has a .494 win percentage, while Santangelo has a .571 win percentage.
*Junior Jimmy Sestilio has started all six games in goal for Penn; he has split goalkeeping duties with senior John Lopes in four games -- including last Saturday against Villanova -- and gone the distance in the other two.Penn in the ACC Tournament?!?!
That’s right, the Quakers will play one of the ACC’s highly ranked teams as part of the weekend-long event at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Penn’s game is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $25, and we urge Penn fans to purchase them in advance through the Penn Athletics Ticket Office (215-898-6151 or online at www.PennAthletics.com/Tickets).