PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team returns from a long trip to Dartmouth with a quick turnaround, facing city rival Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday night in its regular-season finale. With the Penn Relays already starting in Franklin Field, Tuesday’s game will take place on Rhodes Field, Penn’s soccer field. Penn will still ticket for the event, at regular prices. You can watch Tuesday night’s game on the Ivy League Digital Network.
GAME 14 – PENN (8-5, 4-2 Ivy League) vs. SAINT JOSEPH’S (9-3)
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 * 7 p.m.
Rhodes Field (Philadelphia)
The Series with Saint Joseph’s
The Quakers have won all 12 meetings with the Hawks, but that unbeaten record was nearly ended last year when Penn needed to come back from a 7-0 deficit to gain an 11-10 win in overtime on Hawk Hill. Nick Doktor had the winner for the Quakers. These teams have met every year since 2010.
About Saint Joseph’s
The Hawks had a six-game win streak end on Saturday, losing at Robert Morris 13-8. Mike Rastivo leads SJU in every offensive category with 30 goals, 16 assists and 46 points. Chris Blewitt has 35 points (20g, 15a), while Kyle Cain, Kevin Forster and Kevin Reidinger have all scored 17 goals. Hayes McGinley (13 goals) and Pat Swanick (12) are also in double figures for a team that has 18 scorers. At the other end, T.J. Jones has started every game this season; he has a .586 save percentage and a 7.40 GAA.
Reed Junkin was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday, the fourth time he has been so honored this season. The freshman goalie had 17 saves while allowing just four goals (a .809 save percentage) in Saturday’s Ivy win at Dartmouth.
*Penn entered the week eighth in saves per game (12.08); 18th in man-up offense (.415) and man-down defense (.698); and 20th in assists per game (6.31).
*Senior attackman Nick Doktor entered the week fifth nationally in assists per game (2.38).
*Freshman goalkeeper Reed Junkin entered the week sixth nationally in saves per game (11.92) and 22nd in save percentage (.540).
*Freshman middie Alex Roesner entered the weekend fourth nationally in man-up goals (7), while sophomore Reilly Hupfeldt was 13th (6).
*Senior Nick Doktor leads the Quakers with 44 points (13g, 31a) and has recorded at least two points in all but two games so far this season.
*Doktor’s 31 assists puts him sixth on Penn’s single-season list; he needs four to catch Jon Cusson (1997) and Chris Conforti (1991) in fourth.
*Doktor -- a second-team All-Ivy pick last year, and a second-round MLL pick earlier this year – is fourth on Penn’s all-time assists list with 90; he needs four to catch Peter Hollis (1975-77) in third.
*Doktor is seventh on Penn’s all-time points list with 159; he needs five to catch W. Kelso Morrill (1982-85) in sixth.
*Doktor -- who was on the original Tewaaraton Award Preseason Watch List, released in March -- had a point-scoring streak of 38 games end last Tuesday at UMBC; the streak was tied for eighth-longest in the nation.
Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn -- which has won three games in a row -- finished 4-2 in Ivy League play for the third time in six years, after doing so just once from 1990 to 2010 (2006).
*Sophomore Chris Santangelo has a .660 win percentage on the face-off X over the last five games (16/22 at Yale, 11/18 vs. Brown, 19/27 vs. Harvard, 14/19 at UMBC, 6/14 at Dartmouth).
*Sophomore different players have a double-figure goal total this season: Simon Mathias (25 goals), Reilly Hupfeldt (23), Alex Roesner (16), Kevin McGeary (15), Nick Doktor (13), sophomore long pole Connor Keating (13), and freshman Tyler Dunn (11).
*Breaking Penn’s 139 goals down by class: Freshmen, 56; sophomores, 52; juniors, 9; seniors, 22.
*Mathias, a freshman, is the only Penn player to record a point in every game so far this season.
*In the Inside Lacrosse Early-Season Freshman Rankings, released March 10, Junkin was ranked fourth while defenseman Noah Lejman ranked 16th.