PENN (2-8) at SAINT JOSEPH'S (3-8)
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 * 7 p.m.
Finnesey Field (Philadelphia)
The Series with SJU
The Quakers have won all eight meetings between these two programs, including a 16-5 decision two years ago and a 13-5 win last season at Saint Joseph's. Prior to 2010, these teams had not met since 2002.
About Saint Joseph's
The Hawks have lost four in a row, most recently they were beaten 16-6 by Delaware on Saturday. SJU has wins over VMI, Wagner and Quinnipiac this season. Ryan McGee leads Saint Joseph's in scoring, with 29 points (19g, 10a), while Kyle Williams has 19 points (10g, 9a). Bobby Hurley and Johnny Simanski are the only other players in double figures in the points column, with 10 apiece. At the other end, Griffin Ferrigan has played all but 45 minutes this season; he has a .535 save percentage and a 10.10 goals-against average.
Around the Ivy League
Penn will conclude Ivy League play this weekend, taking on Dartmouth (0-4) at 1 p.m. in Hanover, N.H. At the same time, Princeton (4-0) will be facing off with Harvard (2-2) in Cambridge, Mass. Two hours after that, Brown (1-3) is at Cornell (4-0). Yale (3-2) has the bye this weekend, and will play Bryant on Friday night.
Penn in the Mile High Classic
The Penn men's lacrosse team will participate in the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic presented by Inside Lacrosse next Friday, April 27 in Denver, Colo. The Quakers are slated to meet defending NCAA champion Virginia in the first half of a doubleheader at Sports Authority Field (home of the NFL's Denver Broncos); 2011 NCAA semifinalists Duke and Denver will play in the other game.
*According to laxpower.com, Penn once again enters the week with the No. 1 strength of schedule in the country. Among its 10 games to date, the Quakers have played teams that are ranked third (Cornell), seventh (Duke), ninth (UNC), 11th (Villanova), 12th (Lehigh), 14th (Princeton), 18th (Bucknell) and 20th (Yale) in this week's USILA national coaches poll. While both of this week's opponents (SJU and Dartmouth) are unranked, the Quakers still have No. 4 Virginia next Friday.
*After averaging 6.6 goals per game in its first five contests, Penn has scored 43 goals over its last four Ivy League games (11 vs. Cornell, 9 at Yale, 10 vs. Brown, 13 vs. Harvard). The 13 goals against the Crimson were a season high.
*Sophomore goalie Brian Feeney was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday for his play last week, when he tied a career high with 14 saves against Bucknell and then followed up with 13 in the Quakers' win over Harvard.
*Senior John Conneely had six points (3g, 3a) Saturday against Harvard, the most by a Penn player this season and the most since Corey Winkoff had six at Villanova on March 12, 2011.
*Conneely, who has three hat tricks this season, now leads Penn in goals (16), assists (9) and points (25).
*Senior Anthony Adler also had a hat trick Saturday for the Quakers, his third in the last five contests. Prior to that, he had one goal in Penn's first five games this season.
*Sophomore Zack Losco entered Saturday's game against Harvard with two goals and an assist on the season; he had two goals and two assists against the Crimson.
*Junior Tim Schwalje had two goals and an assist on Saturday, giving him 22 points this season (14g, 8a) which is second on the team.
*Conneely and Schwalje remain the only Penn players to have a point in every game this season.
*Senior Dan Savage was held scoreless on Saturday, snapping a seven-game streak in which he had at least one point. He is third on the team with 19 points (13g, 6a).
*Junior Ryan Parietti had two points on Saturday, with a goal and an assist. He has at least two points in six of Penn's last eight contests.
*Freshman Isaac Bock scored his first collegiate goal on Saturday.
*Sophomore Drew Belinsky has recorded a goal and an assist in three of Penn's last five games (Cornell, Brown, Bucknell). Prior to that, he had just two points in Penn's first five contests.
*Losco and junior defender Anthony Santomo are tied for the team lead with 16 caused turnovers each, while senior Will Koshansky and sophomore Maxx Meyer have 12 apiece.
*Meyer leads Penn with 32 ground balls -- despite missing two games earlier this season -- while Losco has 26.
*Freshman Joe McCallion and sophomore Danny Feeney have basically split time on faceoffs this season; McCallion has a .463 win percentage on 121 faceoffs, while Feeney is at .421 for his 95 matchups.
*Penn finished the 2011 regular season at 8-6, its best overall record since 2006 (10-4), and advanced to the NCAAs for the first time since that 2006 season.
*In Ivy League play, Penn's 4-2 record last year was its best since, you guessed it, 2006. However, the Quakers took second in the Ivy standings, behind Cornell. The last time Penn finished second in the Ivies? Try 1989.