PHILADELPHIA - Penn and Yale begin the 2009 Ivy League men’s lacrosse campaign Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field; the Quakers are looking to extend their win streak over the Bulldogs to four with a win. Faceoff is set for 3 p.m., following the women’s game with the Bulldogs that begins at noon.
There will be live video streaming of both the men's and women's games Saturday at Franklin Field.
The Series With Yale
The Bulldogs lead the series, 44-26, but Penn has won three in a row including a 9-7 decision last year in New Haven. In that game, Al Kohart had four goals, while Garvey Heiderman and Craig Andrzejewski had two apiece. The last time these teams met here at Franklin Field, in 2007, Penn won 10-9 in double overtime on Heiderman’s winner. Andrzejewski had two goals and three assists in that contest.
The Bulldogs are even on the season after losing last weekend at No. 10 Duke, 14-6. Brendan Gibson figured in five of Yale’s six goals, scoring four and assisting another. Earlier last week, Yale knocked off Providence in overtime thanks to Matt Gibson’s game-winner; he finished with three points in the game (2g, 1a). Brendan Gibson had three goals against the Friars, while three other players scored twice. Brendan Gibson leads the Bulldogs with 10 goals this season.
Penn hung even with Denver through the first half of last Friday’s game here at Franklin Field, but the Pioneers rattled off six unanswered goals in the third quarter and got the 12-6 win.
Craig Andrzejewski led Penn with two goals and an assist, the second straight game he has had at least three points.
With 114 career points -- including a team-high eight this season (6g, 2a) -- Andrzejewski needs three to move into 10th place on Penn’s all-time scoring list (with Stewart Fisher, Kenneth Kirtz and Leo Paytas).
After scoring two goals in each of Penn’s first two games this season, Garvey Heiderman scored just once against Denver; he is second on the team with five goals.
Corey Winkoff, who led the Ivy League in assists per game a year ago, had three assists against the Pioneers and leads Penn with five this season.
Alex Weber, Al Kohart and Casey O'Rourke also scored against Denver; they have four, three and two goals this season, respectively.
Greg Murray has started all three games in goal this season; he has an 11.33 goals-against average and .443 save percentage.
On the face-off X, junior Justin Lynch has won 35 of 65 draws this season (a .538 win percentage); he also leads the Quakers with 17 ground balls.
Junior Joe Kelly, a long stick on the face-off unit, is second on the squad with 14 ground balls (along with Murray) while senior Greg Sih has nine.
Quoting Coach Voelker...
“It is no secret that we have struggled the last two weekends, so we need to get a win. The guys are excited to get into Ivy League play.”
“With this week being spring break, we have spent a lot more time with the guys. We have spent a little more time doing film and stuff, and we’ve also done some fun things off the field. It is good for the players, they can just focus on lacrosse and they have fewer things to worry about away from the field. Most of the actual preparation time has been the same as it would be when school is in session, but my wife and kids have seen more of me this week.”
“Yale has a strong attack, the Gibson brothers are having good years and are very talented players. They have a strong face-off unit. Their defense has struggled a bit, but I think they have looked worse than they actually are because of the talented offenses they have faced this year.”
“We need to play with more intensity than we have in the past few weeks, we really need to get after the ground balls and the face-offs and control the ball. And we have to hammer the ball home when we have the opportunities.”