Men's Lacrosse Opens Ivy Play at Princeton

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team has had a week to heal from one of the most shocking losses you will ever see, an 8-7 decision to Villanova in which the Wildcats scored with just one second left. On Saturday, the Ivy League season begins for the Quakers as they travel to Princeton to meet the Tigers. Saturday's game will be televised to a national audience on ESPNU.

PENN (1-3) at #16 PRINCETON (3-2)
Saturday, March 17, 2012 * 2 p.m.
Philadelphia (Franklin Field)
TV: ESPNU (Anish Shroff, Matt Ward)

The Series with Princeton
The Quakers and the Tigers have met 80 times, with Princeton holding a substantial 63-17 lead in the series. However, Penn is hoping it tipped the scales last year when it defeated the Tigers, 8-3, at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. It was the Quakers' first win in the series since 1989. The last time Penn won at Princeton was 1988.

About Princeton
The 16th-ranked Tigers defeated Villanova, 14-8, on Tuesday to improve to 3-2 overall this season. The losses have come to Johns Hopkins and North Carolina. Tom Schreiber leads Princeton with 24 points (13g, 11a), while Jeff Froccaro has 13 (10, 3) and Tucker Shanley has 11 (8, 3). In goal, Tyler Fiorito has started four of the Tigers' five games; he has an 8.25 goals-against average and a .476 save percentage.

Common Opponents
Penn and Princeton have both played North Carolina and Villanova; in fact, in both cases the Tar Heels and Wildcats played the Quakers and Tigers in back-to-back games, facing Penn first and Princeton second. Penn defeated UNC in Philadelphia, 10-6, while Princeton lost to the Heels 9-8 as part of the Konica-Minolta Faceoff Classic in Baltimore. Penn lost to Villanova, 8-7, last Saturday in Philadelphia while Princeton defeated the Wildcats 14-8 on Tuesday night at Villanova.

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 on 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.

About Penn
*Saturday's game will be the first of four Ivy League games in a row that the Quakers will play over the next four Saturdays.

*Senior John Conneely, who leads the Quakers in goals (7) and points (11), was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday.

*Dan Savage has six goals and 10 points this season, as well as hat tricks against Duke and North Carolina. He was limited to one assist last weekend against Villanova.

*Tim Schwalje, who took last year off from lacrosse, has scored twice in each of Penn's last two games. He has nine points so far this year (5g, 4a).

*Junior Ryan Parietti has also scored twice in each of the last two games, and has seven points in 2012 (5g, 2a).

*Junior Rob Fitzpatrick, who tied for fourth in scoring a year ago, had his first two points of the season last weekend with a goal and an assist.

*Sophomore Zack Losco scored his first goal of 2012 last Saturday against Villanova.

*Anthony Adler had two assists in Penn's loss to Lehigh, added a goal and two more assists last Tuesday against UNC.

*Freshman Joe McCallion had a solid night at the face-off X against UNC, winning eight of 13 decisions.

*Sophomore Brian Feeney has a 9.00 goals-against average so far this season, and a .471 save percentage. He had nine stops last weekend against Villanova.

*Penn saw its home winning streak end at seven games against Lehigh on Feb. 28, as the Mountain Hawks came to Franklin Field and left with a 10-4 victory over the Quakers.

*Will Koshansky is known mostly for his defense, being a long-stick middie, but his goal against Lehigh was his seventh at Penn as well as his 10th point.

*Jeff Sestilio's goal vs. Lehigh was his first at Penn, while Adler's assists were his first at Penn.

*Penn opened the season with a 12-8 loss at then-No. 10 Duke on February 25. Seniors Savage and Conneely scored three goals apiece for the Quakers, while Savage also had two assists. In his first action since 2010, Schwalje had two assists. Parietti and Drew Belinsky scored Penn's other goals.

*Of particular note against the Blue Devils, Penn went 5-of-9 in man-up.

*Penn's 13-game schedule includes nine teams that were listed in the USILA national coaches' preseason Top 20. Among the opponents: Virginia (#1), Duke and Cornell (tied at #3), North Carolina (#6), and Villanova (#10). It was ranked the toughest schedule in the country.

*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.