PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men’s lacrosse team will play its final home game Sunday afternoon, as Towson comes to town. The teams will face off at 2 p.m. on Franklin Field.
For Penn (4-7, 2-4 Ivy), Sunday’s matchup will also be the last home game for10 seniors Craig Andrzejewski, Drew Collins, Garvey Heiderman, Drew Lassiter, J.J. Lian, Greg Murray, Casey O'Rourke, Greg Sih, Alex Weber, and Brian Weiss. This group has played a large role for the last three years, and as freshmen they were members of Penn’s team that made the 2006 NCAA Championship field. In recent weeks, many of them have raised their game, leading the Quakers to a win over No. 11 Brown two weeks ago, and an overtime loss against last week’s No. 1 team, Princeton.
Overall, five of them -- Andrzejewski, Heiderman, Collins, Weber and O’Rourke -- are among Penn’s top seven scorers.
Following Sunday’s game, Penn closes out the 2009 campaign next weekend at West Point to face Army.
The Series With Towson
Despite their relative proximity in the Mid-Atlantic region, this will be just the second meeting between Penn and Towson in men’s lacrosse; the first took place last year, with the Tigers gaining an 18-12 decision in Maryland.
The Tigers (6-8) are coming off a heartbreaking, double-overtime loss to Johns Hopkins Wednesday night. Randall Cooper (2g, 2a), Justin Schneider (2g, 2a) and Matt Lamon (1g, 3a) led Towson. Overall, Bill McCutcheon has 34 points this season, while Cooper has 23 and Will Harrington has 22. In goal, Rob Wheeler has a 9.35 GAA and a .534 percentage.
Penn has allowed just 31 goals in the last four games (7.8 per game); prior to that, opponents were averaging 13.6 gpg.
Sophomore Corey Winkoff is fourth among Ivy League players and 23rd nationally in assists per game (1.45).
With 131 career points -- including a team-high 25 this season (18g, 7a) -- senior Craig Andrzejewski is in ninth place on Penn’s all-time scoring list. He needs 17 more points to catch Todd Minerly in eighth place.
Andrzejewski figured in both of Penn’s goals last weekend vs. Maryland, scoring one and assisting the other; it was his eighth multi-point game this season.
Senior Garvey Heiderman scored Penn’s other goal last weekend and is second on the team with 15 goals.
Heiderman has four multi-goal games this season and is the only Penn player to have recorded a point in every game.
After going scoreless through Penn’s first five games, senior Drew Collins has scored 12 points in the last six contests (10g, 2a); he had four points vs. Princeton, and two at Brown.
Senior Alex Weber scored three goals at Brown two weeks ago, giving him 12 overall which is third on the team.
Winkoff, who led the Ivy League in assists per game a year ago, leads Penn with 16 this season (the rest of the team has 24).
Freshman John Conneely had a three-game point streak ended last weekend vs. Maryland.
Junior Justin Lynch and Joe Kelly are among the Ivy League leaders in ground balls; Lynch is third and ninth nationally (6.18 per game) while Kelly is tied for fourth (4.27 per game).
Lynch also boasts a .541 win percentage on face-offs (131 wins, 111 losses) which put him 22nd nationally to start the week.