PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team hopes to put a three-game losing streak -- all against teams ranked in this week’s USILA Top 5 -- in the rear view, starting Saturday when the Quakers host Harvard in a critical Ivy League matchup. Both the Quakers and the Crimson are among teams receiving votes in this week’s USILA poll. Faceoff is set for 3 p.m. on Franklin Field, following the Penn-Harvard women’s game which starts at noon.
Saturday’s game will be televised live on the subscription-based Ivy League Digital Network; it will also air for free on ESPN3.
GAME 11 – PENN (5-5, 2-2 Ivy League) vs. HARVARD (6-5, 2-1)
Saturday, April 16, 2016 * 3 p.m.
Franklin Field (Philadelphia)
Saturday will be Alumni Day for both lacrosse programs. We look forward to seeing all of our alums back for the games!
Penn will wear green shoelaces on Saturday to bring attention to the HEADstrong Foundation. The mission of HEADstrong is to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families through providing essential services. Since 2007, the HEADstrong Foundation has raised over $8 million supporting 12,500 patients and their families.
Around the Ivy League
The big game in the Ivies, and nationally, takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. as No. 1 Yale (4-0 Ivy) is at No. 5 Brown (3-0). The winner moves into prime position to host the Ivy League Tournament in May. The other Ivy game has Dartmouth (0-3) at Princeton (0-3) at 3 p.m. Cornell (1-3) has the bye this weekend, and is at Lehigh Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Series with Harvard
The Crimson leads the series, 44-39-2; however, the Quakers have won three in a row -- including a 10-9 win in Cambridge last year -- four of the last five, and six of the last eight. Six of the last seven meetings have been decided by one or two goals, and three of them have needed overtime to settle matters.
Led by former Penn assistant coach Chris Wojcik -- a former two-sport athlete at Harvard -- the Crimson have had seven one-goal games already this season. Devin Dwyer, a second-team All-Ivy pick last year, leads Harvard with 30 goals, 24 assists, and 54 points. Morgan Cheek has 37 points (19g, 18a), while Joe Lang has 17 goals and 25 points. Will Walker has scored 11 times. At the other end, Bryan Moore was a second-team pick in goal last year; this season, he has a .600 save percentage and an 8.96 GAA.
*Penn enters the weekend ninth in saves per game (12.20); 15th in man-up offense (.429); 17th in assists per game (6.70); and 20th in points per game (17.30).
*Senior attackman Nick Doktor enters the weekend second nationally in assists per game (2.80) and 23rd in points per game (3.90).
*Freshman goalkeeper Reed Junkin enters the weekend fifth nationally in saves per game (12.00).
*Freshman middie Alex Roesner enters the weekend seventh nationally in man-up goals (6), while sophomore Reilly Hupfeldt is 12th (5).
*Senior Nick Doktor leads the Quakers with 39 points (11g, 28a) and has recorded at least two points in every game so far this season.
*Doktor -- a second-team All-Ivy pick last year, and a second-round MLL pick earlier this year – is fourth on Penn’s all-time assists list with 84; he needs seven to catch Peter Hollis (1975-77) in third.
*Doktor is eighth on Penn’s all-time points list with 154; he needs one to catch Jon Cusson (1994-97) in seventh.
*Doktor -- who was on the original Tewaaraton Award Preseason Watch List, released in March -- has a point-scoring streak of 37 games dating back to the 2014 season; the streak is tied for eighth-longest in the nation.
Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Five different players have a double-figure goal total, while a sixth (long pole Connor Keating) has nine tallies.
*Freshman Simon Mathias leads Penn with 18 goals, followed by Hupfeldt (16) and Roesner (15).
*Breaking Penn’s 106 goals down by class: Freshmen, 44; sophomores, 38; juniors, 7; seniors, 17.
*Doktor and Mathias are the only Penn players to record a point in every game so far this season.
*In the Inside Lacrosse Early-Season Freshman Rankings, released March 10, Junkin was ranked fourth while defenseman Noah Lejman ranked 16th.