Men's Lacrosse Opens 2015 With UMBC on Saturday

Follow @PennMensLax

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team will play the earliest game, by date, in program history on Saturday when the Quakers host UMBC at Franklin Field. Faceoff is 1 p.m.

GAME 1 – #13 PENN (0-0) vs. UMBC (0-1)
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 * 1 p.m.
Franklin Field (Philadelphia)

Tickets! Tickets!
For the first time, Penn will charge admission to its five home games at Franklin Field. Five-game season ticket packages are on sale now, and single-game can also be purchased in advance. To order, please visit www.PennAthletics.com/tickets or call (215) 898-6151. Tickets can also be purchased on game days at the Penn Athletics Ticket Office, located at the North end of Weightman Hall.

SINGLE-GAME PRICES
$7 for adults
$5 for youths (12 and under)
Penn students and employees get in free with their PennCard (guests are $5 each)

SEASON TICKETS
$28 for adults
$20 for youths (12 and under)

The Series with UMBC
The Quakers and the Retrievers have not met since the 2007 season, when UMBC took an 11-10 decision in overtime on its home field. The last meeting here at Franklin Field was the previous year, in 2006, and was also an overtime game -- this time Penn won, 12-11. Overall, Penn and UMBC have met seven times, with the Quakers holding a 5-2 lead.

About UMBC
The Retrievers opened the season with a 16-4 loss to No. 5 Johns Hopkins. Pat Young scored twice for UMBC, while Jack Gannon had two assists. Nate Lewnes and Dylan McDermott also scored. In goal, Connor Gordon started last Saturday and had eight saves while allowing 13 goals; he was relieved by David Pisanic, who made eight saves and allowed three goals.

About Penn
*After its outstanding season a year ago -- 11 wins, an Ivy League Tournament title, the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Championship -- Penn was ranked in all three preseason polls for 2015. Lacrosse Magazine listed the Quakers at No. 11, while both Inside Lacrosse and the USILA coaches poll placed Penn 13th.

*As has become common under head coach Mike Murphy, Penn’s 2015 schedule boasts five teams ranked in the USILA preseason poll (No. 8 Maryland, No. 10 Cornell, No. 11 Harvard, No. 14 Penn State, No. 15 Yale) and three others that received votes (Princeton, Villanova, Brown).

*Senior defenseman Matt McMahon, an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year, received 2015 preseason All-America Honorable Mention recognition from Inside Lacrosse.

*McMahon and classmate Joe McCallion (midfield) were Major League Lacrosse draft picks in late January. McMahon went to the Ohio Machine in the fifth round (35th pick overall), while McCallion went to the Denver Outlaws in the seventh round (52nd overall).

*Coincidentally, those two players were voted to be this year’s captains by their teammates.

*Offensively, Penn returns nine of its top 11 scorers from a year ago including last year’s top point-getter, junior Nick Doktor (23g, 19a, 42 pts). Senior Isaac Bock tied for third on the team in all three categories last year, as well, with 18 goals and nine assists for 27 points. Sophomore Kevin Brown also scored 18 goals and finished the season with 23 points.

Penn in the ACC Tournament?!?!
That’s right, the Quakers will play one of the ACC’s highly ranked teams as part of the weekend-long event at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Penn’s game is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $25, and we urge Penn fans to purchase them in advance through the Penn Athletics Ticket Office (215-898-6151 or online at www.PennAthletics.com/Tickets).