PHILADELPHIA – After a heartbreaking loss at No. 1 Yale last Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team returns to action this Saturday at home against No. 3 Brown University. The Quakers and the potent Bears will face off at noon on Franklin Field. The game is the first half of a lacrosse doubleheader at Franklin Field, as the Penn women host Columbia at 3 p.m.
As usual, Saturday's game will air on the subscription-based Ivy League Digital Network. However, it will also air for free on ESPN3. Both links are attached in the box that accompanies this release.
GAME 10 – PENN (5-4, 2-1 Ivy League) vs. #3 BROWN (8-1, 2-0)
Saturday, April 9, 2016 * Noon
Franklin Field (Philadelphia)
Around the Ivy League
After Brown at Penn faces off at noon on Saturday, Yale (3-0) is at Dartmouth (0-2) at 1 p.m. and Harvard (1-1) is at Cornell (1-2) at 3 p.m. Princeton (0-3) has the bye this weekend, and hosts Stony Brook on Saturday at noon.
The Series with Brown
The Bears lead the overall series, 31-22, but Penn has had the better of it recently with wins each of the last three years (10-3 in 2013, 10-8 in 2014, 14-11 last year in Providence). Additionally, the Quakers are 9-6 in this series over the last 15 years.
Under last year’s Ivy League Coach of the Year, Lars Tiffany, the Bears were unbeaten until Tuesday when they fell to Bryant in overtime, 11-10. They lead the nation in four categories including scoring offense and scoring margin. Junior Dylan Molloy was one of the Ivy League’s co-Players of the Year last year; this year, he leads the nation in points per game (6.33) and assists per game (3.44). Kylor Bellistri has a team-high 30 goals, and six players overall have a double-figure goal total. At the other end, goalkeeper Jack Kelly leads the nation in saves percentage (.612). Two juniors, Larken Kemp and Alex Tulett, were second-team All-Ivy players a year ago for the Bears.
*Penn enters the weekend sixth in the nation in saves per game (12.56); ninth in shot percentage (.333); 13th in man-up offense (.455); 16th in assists per game (7.22) and man-down defense (.719); and 18th in points per game (18.33).
*Senior attackman Nick Doktor enters the weekend third nationally in assists per game (3.00) and 14th in points per game (4.22).
*Freshman goalkeeper Reed Junkin enters the weekend fifth nationally in saves per game (12.33) and 16th in save percentage (.550).
*Freshman middie Alex Roesner enters the weekend sixth nationally in man-up goals (6), while sophomore Reilly Hupfeldt is ninth (5).
*Senior Nick Doktor leads the Quakers with 38 points (11g, 27a) 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 tied for fourth on Penn’s all-time assists list with 83, along with Andy Crofton (1993-96); he needs eight to catch Peter Hollis (1975-77) in third.
*Doktor is eighth on Penn’s all-time points list with 153; he needs two 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 36 games dating back to the 2014 season; the streak is tied for eighth-longest in the nation.
*Sophomore Connor Keating, a face-off wing and long-stick defensive middie for the Quakers, was the only long pole in the country to have a point in all of his team’s games this season until he was shut out in last Tuesday’s loss to Maryland. Still, he remains the highest-scoring long pole in the country with 13 points (9g, 4a).
*Keating has two three-point games this season (against Michigan and Villanova) and scored two goals in the Quakers’ win over Penn State on March 5.
*Those who followed Penn last year know that this is nothing new; in fact, Keating had five points last season as a long-stick freshman.
Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Through nine games this season, Penn has 12 different goal-scorers; in fact, the Quakers have had at least five different goal scorers in all nine games so far.
*Five different players have a double-figure goal total, while a sixth has nine tallies.
*Freshman Simon Mathias leads Penn with 17 goals, followed by classmate Alex Roesner and sophomore Reilly Hupfeldt who have 15 each.
*Breaking Penn’s 100 goals down by class: Freshmen, 40; sophomores, 36; juniors, 7; seniors, 17.
*Doktor, Mathias and Roesner have all recorded at least a point in every game so far this season.
*In the Inside Lacrosse Early-Season Freshman Rankings, released March 10, goalie Reed Junkin was ranked fourth while defenseman Noah Lejman was ranked 16th.