PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off an 11-7 win over then-No. 20 Penn State last Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team hosts unranked Lafayette on Tuesday afternoon. The Quakers and the Leopards will face off at 4 p.m. on Franklin Field.
GAME 4 – PENN (2-1) vs. LAFAYETTE (1-3)
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 * 4 p.m.
Franklin Field (Philadelphia)
The Series with Lafayette
Penn has dominated the Leopards over the years, and holds a 37-3 lead in the series. Last year, the Quakers defeated Lafayette in an absolute blizzard in Easton, 9-6. Prior to that, the last meeting between these programs came in 2011. Lafayette’s last win came in 2010, a 14-9 victory in Easton.
Eric Joseph has scored 12 goals, while Jason Sands has dished off 13 assists; they lead the Leopards attack. Kevin Lewis has scored six times, while Connar Dehnert and Will McCarthy have three goals each. In goal, Ben Falcone has an 11.25 goals-against average and a .516 save percentage.
*Penn’s win over Penn State marked the 15th by the Quakers against a ranked team during the Mike Murphy coaching era.
*Senior attackman Nick Doktor -- was among 50 men named to the Tewaaraton Award Preseason Watch List, which came out on February 23 -- leads the Quakers with nine points (4g, 5a).
*Doktor moved into 10th on Penn’s all-time assist list on Saturday; after dishing off three against Penn State, he has 64 overall. He needs two to tie W. Kelso Morrill (1982-85) and Richard Bennett (1967-69) in eighth place, and four to tie Todd Minerley (1998-2001) in seventh.
*Doktor also has 124 career points, and needs 11 to tie Corey Winkoff at 10th place on Penn’s all-time list in that category.
*Doktor’s point-scoring streak is up to 30 games dating back to the 2014 season; the streak is the seventh-longest in the nation.
*Though only playing three games so far, Penn already has 10 different goal-scorers this season; in fact, the Quakers have had at least seven different goal scorers in all three games so far.
*Six different players have scored at least four goals each, led by sophomore Reilly Hupfeldt who has a team-high six after scoring three Saturday against Penn State. Another sophomore, long-stick middie Connor Keating, has five goals.
*Freshmen Alex Roesner and Simon Mathias have four goals this season, along with Doktor and sophomore Kevin McGeary. Two more freshmen, Joe Licciardi and Tyler Dunn, have scored twice this season.
*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: Noah Lejman (7th); Tyler Dunn (13th); Alex Roesner (17th); Simon Mathias (39th); and Joe Licciardi (72nd).
*That said, arguably the most ballyhooed freshman so far has been goalkeeper Reed Junkin – he has already been Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice this season, on Feb. 22 and this week. In between, he had 16 saves at Virginia. Overall, Junkin has a .573 save percentage through three games this season.
Red (White) and Blue
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.