PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team opens the 2016 season on Saturday with the University of Michigan, the first-ever meeting between the Quakers and the Wolverines. The game is the second half of a lacrosse doubleheader at Franklin Field, as the Penn women get things started at noon with Delaware.
GAME 1 – PENN (0-0) vs. MICHIGAN (1-1)
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 * 3 p.m.
Franklin Field (Philadelphia)
The Series with Michigan
Saturday will represent the first meeting between the Quakers and the Wolverines in men’s lacrosse. This marks the fifth season Michigan has been a varsity program.
The Wolverines opened the season with a 10-goal loss to No. 6 North Carolina, but followed it up with a 9-8 win over Colgate. Kyle Jackson has eight goals to lead the attack; Ian King is one of three players with two goals, and is U-M's assist leader with five.
*Penn’s 14-game schedule includes seven against teams ranked in this week’s USILA national coaches poll: No. 4 Maryland (March 29), No. 9 Yale (April 2), No. 10 Brown (April 9), No. 14 Virginia (Feb. 28), No. 17 Harvard (April 16), No. 18 Cornell (March 26), and No. 20 Penn State (March 5).
*The Quakers figure to be led this year by senior attackman Nick Doktor. He finished the 2015 regular season with 21 goals and team highs in assists (36) and points (57). His 36 assists are third on Penn’s all-time single-season list in that category, and the most since Peter Hollis had 41 in 1977, while his 57 points are tied for fourth on Penn's single-season list and the most since Jon Cusson had 57 in 1995.
*Doktor finished the 2015 regular season leading the Ivy League and fourth nationally in assists per game (2.77), and third among Ivy players and 12th nationally in points per game (4.38).
*Doktor enters the 2016 season 11th on Penn’s all-time assist list with 59 and 15th on the all-time points list with 115. He also has a 27-game point-scoring streak that dates back to the 2014 season; the streak is the seventh-longest in the nation at the NCAA Division I level.
*In January, Doktor became the highest Major League Lacrosse draft pick in Penn’s history when he was selected in the second round (18th overall) by the Charlotte Hounds. Prior to that, the 2015 first-team All-Ivy pick was named an honorable mention Preseason All-America by Inside Lacrosse.
*Two other returnees got well into double figures in the goals column last year, as well, sophomores Kevin McGeary (17) and Reilly Hupfeldt (14). They were Penn’s third and fourth-leading scorers a year ago. Senior Pat Berkery had eight goals last year.
*Three newcomers to the Penn roster will spend the summer with the United States team at the Under-19 World Cup in Canada -- Tyler Dunn, Alex Roesner and Noah Lejman. A fourth, Joe Licciardi, was on the 30-man roster but did not make the final cut.
*Those three are part of a freshman class that was selected fourth nationally by Inside Lacrosse. Three members of the class played in the prestigious UnderArmour All-America Game last year, and five of the nine were USLacrosse All-Americans last year.
*In addition to ranking Penn’s class overall, Inside Lacrosse named five of Penn’s freshmen among its Power 100 Freshmen of 2016 including three in the Top 20 and four in the Top 40: Lejman (7th); Dunn (13th); Roesner (17th); Simon Mathias (39th); and Licciardi (72nd).