Wednesday night, Penn attempts to move above .500 for the first time this season when the Quakers host Saint Joseph's at 7 p.m. This will be the first of two home games for the Quakers this week, and both of them are "city" matchups (Villanova comes to Franklin Field Saturday afternoon).
The Quakers and the Hawks have only met six times, all of them coming from 1997-2002. Penn swept all six in pretty decisive fashion, punctuating the run with an 11-2 victory at Hawk Hill in 2002. Penn is 3-0 at home against SJU.
While Penn, like all the Ivy League schools, started the season a little later than the rest of the country, the Quakers have worked quickly to catch up as they play all seven of their non-conference games in a 17-day period. Having already played four games in an eight-day span, Penn hosts SJU Wednesday and Villanova Saturday before going to another ACC school, Maryland, on Monday.
About Saint Joseph's
The Hawks (0-5) are off to a tough start, having lost all five games to date and being outscored 70-26. SJU is led by Sean Evans, who has six goals and three assists, while Mike Begg had four goals and three other players (Matt Dougherty, Scott Cullinan, Kyle Williams) have three apiece. In goal, Griffin Ferrigan has started all five contests; he has a 15.74 goals-against average and a .562 save percentage. Chase Stewart (8 saves, 7 goals allowed in 49:44) and Chris Moffa (9 saves, 10 GA in 48:16) have also seen time between the pipes.
*In the national stats, released Monday: senior captain Justin Lynch is second in ground balls per game (9.25); junior Corey Winkoff is seventh in assists per game (2.75); Lynch is 17th in faceoff win percentage (54 of 92, .587).
*Penn has had three players score at least one point in all four games so far this season -- Winkoff, fellow junior Al Kohart, and senior Rob McMullen; in fact, Winkoff has a 12-game point-scoring streak dating back to last season.
*Winkoff is the team's top point man so far, with three goals and 11 assists for 14 points. He broke a 7-7 tie against Air Force with the winning goal in an 8-7 victory, as Penn overcame a 5-1 halftime deficit to get the victory.
*The leading assist man for Penn since he arrived on campus, Winkoff has 54 dishes for his career; he needs seven to crack the program's all-time Top 10.
*Kohart is Penn's leading goalscorer, with nine tallies; he was MVP of the DU Face-Off Classic after his career-high five-goal performance against the host Pioneers.
*Kohart was joined on the Face-Off Classic All-Tournament Team by Lynch, senior Brendan Saxon, and sophomore Dan Savage.
*McMullen has eight goals this season, scoring twice in all four games to date. He entered the 2010 campaign with nine for his collegiate career.
*Sophomore John Conneely, who had four points against AFA, is third on the team with five goals and tied for third with eight points.
*Savage also has eight points (4g, 4a), while classmate Will Amling has scored four goals.
*Lynch earned all-tournament in Denver after winning 14 of 19 draws Sunday vs. Air Force, including nine of 11 in the decisive second half.
*Senior Chris Casey has started all four games in goal, compiling a 13.11 goals-against average and a .470 save percentage; the last two games, he has split halves in the cage with sophomore Joe Hegener (6.77 GAA, .526 save percentage).