Men's Lacrosse Set For Annual Villanova Tussle

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team snapped a modest two-game losing streak on Tuesday, overcoming Lafayette 9-6 in extremely wintry conditions. On Saturday, the Quakers host No. 19 Villanova at Franklin Field, the first of two straight home games they will play at home.

GAME 6 – PENN (3-2) vs. #19 VILLANOVA (3-1)
Saturday, March 7, 2015 * 1 p.m.
Philadelphia (Franklin Field)

Tickets! Tickets!
For the first time, Penn will charge admission to its home games this season at Franklin Field. Season-ticket packages are on sale now, and single-game tickets are available for purchase at any time.To order, please visit 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 (NW corner of Franklin Field).

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 Villanova
Although Penn has won two in a row and leads the overall series 17-8, the Quakers and the Wildcats have developed a great rivalry over the last several years...

*This is the 18th straight season these teams have met.

*Nine of the previous 14 games (including four of the last five) have been decided by one goal, with two of those needing overtime.

*Penn won last year’s game at Villanova, 12-11, scoring the game’s last five goals in the final 8:05.

About Villanova
The Wildcats have had a week to prepare for Saturday’s game; after opening the season with a 13-10 loss to current No. 17 Johns Hopkins, Villanova has won three in a row. Jack Curran (13 points) and Danny Seibel (12 goals) lead the Wildcats attack, while Johnny Gallaway has six goals. Eric Gartner has scored five times and Sean Cerrone has seven points (2g, 5a). At the other end, Greg Stamatov and Dan Willis have split time exactly evenly through four games; Stamatov has a 7.00 goals-against average and a .517 save percentage, while Willis has a 10.50 GAA and a .543 save percentage.

McMahon A Candidate For Senior CLASS Award
The Senior CLASS Award has announced its 20 candidates for the 2015 men’s lacrosse season, and Penn senior Matt McMahon is one of them! To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

About Penn
*Penn defeated Lafayette on Tuesday night, led by a hat trick from senior Chris Moriarty, four points from senior Joe McCallion, and three points from junior Nick Doktor.

*Moriarty has scored four goals in the last two games; prior to last Saturday’s contest at Penn State, he had two for his entire career.

*Penn has had a player record at least a hat trick in every game this season, and perhaps just as impressive they have come from four different players: Moriarty, McCallion (Saint Joseph’s and Maryland), Chris Hupfeldt (at Penn State), and Kevin McGeary (UMBC).

*McCallion and Doktor are the only Penn players who have recorded at least a point in every game this season; in fact, Doktor has a 19-game point-scoring streak that dates back to the second game of last season.

*Doktor entered the week third nationally in assists per game (3.00) and 18th in points per game (4.50), while McCallion entered the week 34th nationally in goals per game (2.50).

*Doktor continues to lead Penn in points, with 21 (7g, 14a), while McCallion has 16 (12g, 4a).

*Pat Berkery has scored a goal in each of the last two games, while Peter Laco scored his first collegiate points last Saturday at Penn State with a goal and an assist.

*In Penn’s loss at Maryland on February 24, McCallion scored a career-high four goals to lead the Penn attack (Doktor assisted on all of those goals).

*Penn’s other goals at Maryland came from senior Isaac Bock and freshmen Reilly Hupfeldt and McGeary.

*Penn started the season 2-0 for the third time in Mike Murphy’s six seasons, the other two being 2011 (when Penn started 3-0) and 2013 (2-0).

*On February 17, Penn gave up the first seven goals to Saint Joseph’s and was still down 9-4 to the Hawks entering the final quarter before rallying to win, 11-10, in overtime.

*Doktor had the OT winner to finish off a four-point game (2g, 2a); he was one of two Penn players to record four points in the contest, McCallion being the other one (3g, 1a).

*Overall, eight different players scored Penn’s 11 goals against the Hawks including freshman long-stick middie Connor Keating who netted his first as a collegian. (Keating has missed the last three games due to injury.)

*The Quakers opened the 2015 season with a 10-8 win over UMBC on February 14 at Franklin Field.

*McGeary led the Penn attack against the Retrievers, scoring three goals in his collegiate debut.

*Sophomore Austin Kreinz has three goals this season, two against UMBC and one vs. Saint Joseph’s.

*Junior Rob Savage entered the week 35th nationally in face-off win percentage (.529), but it was freshman Chris Santangelo who had a big game on the X at Lafayette (13/15).

*Junior Jimmy Sestilio has started all five games in goal for Penn; after sharing duty in the first three games with senior John Lopes, he has gone the distance in each of the last two contests.

*Sestilio entered the week 24th nationally in save percentage (.557) and 37th in saves per game (9.75); against Lafayette he made 10 saves while allowing just six goals (.625 save percentage).

*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 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.

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).