PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's lacrosse team is home for the first time Wednesday afternoon, taking on Lehigh at 3 p.m. on Franklin Field.
Wednesday’s game represents the home opener for the Penn men’s lacrosse team; this is the first of six home games the Quakers will play in 2007.
Penn lost 10 seniors to graduation from a year ago, many of whom were starters or key reserves. Nevertheless, the Quakers got off to a good start last Friday with a 10-6 win at Villanova.
Penn had a balanced scoring attack in Friday’s win; in fact, seven different players scored. The only multi-goal scorers were sophomores Drew Collins, J.J. Lian and Garvey Heiderman who had two goals apiece.
In addition to his two goals, Collins also had an assist in the game to give him three points. Another sophomore, Craig Andrzejewski, had a goal and an assist in the victory.
At the other end, senior goaltender Gregory Klossner was simply spectacular; he had 18 saves while allowing just the six goals, a staggering .750 save percentage. He was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll for his performance.
Klossner has several veterans in front of him, led by Matt Kelleher, Mark Haase and Max Mauro, and it showed Friday -- Penn held Villanova without a goal for a span of 31:03, in the process turning a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 lead.
Nova was able to draw back within 8-6 with eight minutes left in the final quarter, but the Quakers held the Wildcats scoreless for the game’s final 7:21, and Collins and Lian scored to ice it.
After being ranked 12th in the USILA preseason poll, Penn somehow dropped completely out of the Top 20 this week despite its win; the Quakers also fell out of the Nike/Inside Lacrosse poll this week, from No. 19.
A quick look at this week’s USILA poll shows that Penn will have its work cut out again in 2007. Among the Quakers’ opponents, Princeton is No. 3 in this week’s poll, Cornell is No. 4 and Maryland is No. 6. More immediately, two of next week’s opponents are also ranked: Bucknell (17th) and UMBC (20th).
Lehigh started the season with a loss to then-No. 15 Delaware, but rebounded last weekend with a win over then-No. 17 Drexel, 8-6. You may recall that Drexel opened the season with a win over defending national champion (and preseason No. 1) Virginia.
Lehigh’s Steve Marino was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced on Tuesday. The Malvern, Pennsylvania native scored three goals and handed out two assists in last week’s games.
Jeff Wiener led the way in Lehigh’s win over Drexel, scoring three goals.
Eric Spirko was between the pipes for Lehigh in its first two games; he has 27 saves (including 18 against Delaware) and has allowed 15 goals for a superb .643 percentage.