Men's Lacrosse Looks to Tame Bucknell

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team certainly started the 2011 season on the right foot, not just beating defending NCAA champion Duke on Saturday but holding the 10th-ranked Blue Devils to their fewest goals in a game in 25 years. That win pushed Penn into the USILA national coaches poll this week at No. 14. There is little time to rest on the laurels of that victory, however, as the Quakers host Bucknell Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.

The Series with Bucknell
The Quakers and Bison are playing for the first time since 2007, when Bucknell gained a 9-6 victory in Lewisburg. This will be the first game played between the two at Franklin Field since 2005. These teams have met 14 times previously, essentially uninterrupted from 1993 to 2007 (the only break came in 2003). Penn leads the series with Bucknell, 10-4.

About Bucknell
The Bison are off to a 2-0 start, including a 10-8 victory over 20th-ranked Villanova on Saturday in Lewisburg. They are one of seven teams receiving votesin the USILA poll.Ryan Klipstein led Bucknell against the Wildcats with four goals, including two to break the tie and propel the Bison to the win. Billy Eisenreich had two goals, while Todd Heritage had three points. Klipstein has eight points to lead Bucknell, while Heritage and Charlie Streep have six each. In goal, Kyle Feeney (no relation to Penn's Brian and Danny) has a 5.14 goals-against average and a .710 save percentage in 105 minutes.

About Penn...
*Tuesday's game is the second of three in a row that Penn will play at home to start the 2011 season; the Quakers will also host Lafayette on Friday night.

*Freshman goalie Brian Feeney had nine saves in his collegiate debut, including four in the first half when Penn shut out Duke.

*Penn had six different players score its seven goals Saturday against the Blue Devils, and two others who had assists.

*Freshman Drew Belinsky led Penn offensively in his debut, scoring a goal and dishing off two assists.

*The only Penn player to score more than one goal on Saturday was sophomore Rob Fitzpatrick.

*Another freshman who stood out in his debut was defenseman Maxx Meyer, who had five caused turnovers and five ground balls.

*Three other players had four ground balls on Saturday -- senior Brett Hughes, junior Will Koshansky, and freshman faceoff man Danny Feeney.

*Sophomore Anthony Santomo made his first collegiate start on defense, with Meyer and Hughes, and had two caused turnovers and three ground balls.

*In his first game on the X for Penn, Feeney went 5-of-7 on faceoffs in the first half and ended the game 7-of-14.

*Two players scored their first career goals - junior Anthony Adler, and sophomore Ryan Parietti.

*Penn's schedule is certainly ambitious this season. In addition to last Saturday's game against Duke -- which ranked 10th in the first USILA national poll -- the Quakers will play Virginia (#1), Cornell (#6), Princeton (#8), North Carolina (#12) and Yale (#18). Tuesday's opponent, Bucknell, is one of four opponents who received votes in the inaugural USILA poll -- Villanova, Brown and Harvard were the others.

*Penn returns four players who received All-Ivy honors last year -- Hughes was a second-team All-Ivy pick, while seniors Corey Winkoff and Al Kohart and junior John Conneely received honorable mention.

*Winkoff was Penn's leading scorer last year, scoring 18 goals and dishing out 25 assists. He had at least two points in all but one game a year ago.

*Winkoff enters the 2011 season with 68 career assists, which is already sixth on the program's all-time list.

*Conneely was Penn's second-leading scorer in 2010, with 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points. As a sophomore, he had at least two points in all but two games a year ago.

*Kohart -- who scored a goal on Saturday -- was Penn's leading goalscorer last year, with 21; he also had five assists for 26 points, good for third on the team.

*Overall, Penn returns six of its top seven scorers from last year. In addition to Winkoff, Conneely and Kohart, there is junior Dan Savage (16g, 7a in 2010) -- who had a goal on Saturday -- Fitzpatrick (13g, 4a), and senior Will Amling (10g, 2a).

*Overall, Penn's incoming class was ranked seventh by Inside Lacrosse and tops among the Ivy League institutions. In addition to goalkeeper Feeney and Belinsky, two other freshmen were listed on the IL Top 100 Power Freshmen List in the fall -- Zack Losco and Meyer.