PHILADELPHIA - Fresh off its first Ivy League win of the season on Friday, the Penn men’s lacrosse team has little time to savor the victory. Instead, regional rival Princeton comes to town Tuesday night to renew a series that has gone continuously for the last 62 years.
For Penn (2-6, 1-3 Ivy), Friday’s win was a long time coming. The offense, while not spectacular, was steady and created several opportunities -- the Quakers took 42 shots against the Big Green. The noticeable difference was on defense; after giving up 36 goals in its last two games, the backfield was resolute in keeping Dartmouth off the board, holding them to single goals in each of the final three quarters. That defense will certainly be tested Tuesday night against a Princeton offense that is averaging more than 12 goals per game.
Following this game, Penn closes out the Ivy League portion of its season with Brown Saturday in Providence, R.I. That game will start at 1 p.m.
The Series With Princeton
The Tigers have dominated this series for nearly two decades now, winning 19 straight over the Quakers, including a 14-5 decision last year in Princeton and a 10-5 victory two years ago at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Overall, Princeton leads the series, 60-16; this will be the 63rd consecutive year the teams have met in men’s lacrosse.
Princeton (8-1, 1-0) has long been a national power under head coach Bill Tierney, and that has continued this season -- the Tigers are rankedsecond inthis week’s USILA national coaches poll after Saturday’s 12-8 win against then-No. 2 Syracuse in a game that was played at Giants Stadium. Freshman goalie Tyler Fiorito made 15 saves, while Mark Kovler and Jack McBride scored three times each. McBride leads Princeton with 28 points (23g, 5a), while Rich Sgalardi has 26, Tommy Davis has 25, and Kovler has 23. In all, seven Tigers have reached double figures in points, and six have 10 ore more goals. In goal, Fiorito has all nine starts, a 7.56 GAA, and a .602 save percentage.
Penn snapped a six-game losing streak in its most recent game, defeating Dartmouth on Friday at Franklin Field.
Sophomore Corey Winkoff is third in among Ivy League players in overall assists per game (1.75), while senior Craig Andrzejewski is fifth in goals per game (2.12).
Andrzejewski scored twice in Friday’s win, his sixth multi-goal game this season (out of eight contests).
With 127 career points -- including a team-high 21 this season (17g, 4a) -- Andrzejewski is in ninth place on Penn’s all-time scoring list. He needs 21 more points to catch Todd Minerly in eighth place.
Senior Garvey Heiderman also scored twice against the Big Green, giving him 13 for the season which is second on the team; he has four multi-goal games in 2009.
Andrzejewski and Heiderman are the only Penn players to have recorded a point in every game this season; Andrzejewski has a 12-game point-scoring streak dating back to last season.
After going scoreless through Penn’s first five games, senior Drew Collins has scored six goals in the last three contests.
Winkoff, who led the Ivy League in assists per game a year ago, leads Penn with 14 this season (the rest of the team has 13).
Junior Rob McMullen has scored in each of the last three games for Penn; he entered the season with four career goals.
Sophomore Al Kohart, who scored a point in every game last season, had his first point in four games Friday vs. Dartmouth.
Senior Alex Weber scored Friday, giving him seven goals which is third on the team; he is followed by classmate Casey O'Rourke (6) and then Kohart (5).
Freshman John Conneely scored his first collegiate goal Friday against Dartmouth; he also has two assists this season.
Freshman Joe Hegener has started the last five games in goal for the Quakers; he has a 12.88 goals-against average and a .431 save percentage.
Junior Justin Lynch has a .523 win percentage on face-offs (100 won, 89 lost) and leads Penn with 52 ground balls. He won 18 of his 31 draws last weekend at Cornell.
Junior Joe Kelly, a long stick on the face-off unit, is second on the squad with 33 ground balls.