PHILADELPHIA – Off to its first 2-0 start in Ivy League play since 2008 -- and just the second since 1984 -- the 20th-ranked University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team is at Yale on Saturday. The Bulldogs enter Saturday’s game also 2-0 in Ivy play and ranked No. 1 in the country. This will be the Quakers’ first game against the USILA’s top-ranked team since 2007, when they lost 20-5 to then-No. 1 Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y.
Saturday's game will air live on the Ivy League Digital Network; it will also air live and for FREE on ESPN3.
GAME 9 – #20 PENN (5-3, 2-0 Ivy League) at #1 YALE (7-0, 2-0)
Saturday, April 2, 2016 * Noon
Reese Stadium (New Haven, Conn.)
After making 14 saves in Penn’s 9-6 win over Cornell last Saturday, freshman Reed Junkin was doubly honored by the Ivy League as the co-Ivy League Player of the Week and the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. The goalkeeper has already been Ivy League Rookie of the Week three times this season.
Around the Ivy League
Penn and Yale start a day that boasts three Ivy League contests. The other games start an hour later, with Princeton (0-2 Ivy) at No. 3 Brown (1-0) and Cornell (0-2) at Dartmouth (0-1). Harvard (1-1) has the bye from Ivy League play this weekend.
The Series with Yale
The Bulldogs lead the overall series, 39-27, and have won four of the last five meetings and six of the last eight. That said, last year’s 15-7 Yale win at Franklin Field went against the grain of this hot rivalry; of the last 10 meetings overall, the other nine were decided by three goals or less (6 by 1 goal, 2 by 2 goals, 1 by 3 goals) and four of them needed overtime to settle matters.
This is the first time the Bulldogs have been No. 1 in men’s lacrosse. Ben Reeves, last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year, leads the attack with 36 points (20 goals, 16 assists), while Michael Keasey has 13 goals and Jeff Cimbalista has 10. Eric Scott has 17 points (9g, 8a). At the other end, Phil Huffard has started every game so far; he has a 6.27 goals-against average and a .538 save percentage. Senior defenseman Michael Quinn was a third-team All-America and first-team All-Ivy pick last year.
*Penn entered the week leading the nation in saves per game (13.86); sixth in assists per game (8.14); seventh in shot percentage (.349); 13th in man-up offense (.464); 13th in points per game (19.86); t-16th in win percentage (.714); and 17th in scoring offense (12.17).
*Freshman goalkeeper Reed Junkin entered the week leading the nation in saves per game (13.57) and fifth in save percentage (.586).
*Senior attackman Nick Doktor entered the week leading the nation in assists per game (3.29) and 11th in points per game (4.43).
*Freshman middie Alex Roesner entered the week third nationally in man-up goals (6).
*Sophomore Reilly Hupfeldt entered the week seventh nationally in shot percentage (.500).
*Senior Nick Doktor leads the Quakers with 33 points (9g, 24a) 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 fifth on Penn’s all-time assists list with 83; he needs three to catch Andy Crofton (1993-96) in fourth.
*Doktor is tied for eighth on Penn’s all-time points list with 148, with Todd Minerley (1998-2000); he needs seven 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 35 games dating back to the 2014 season; the streak is the seventh-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 Tuesday’s loss to Maryland. Still, he remains the highest-scoring long pole in the country with 12 points (8g, 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 eight games this season, Penn has 12 different goal-scorers; in fact, the Quakers have had at least five different goal scorers in all eight games so far.
*Six different players have scored at least eight goals each, led by freshmen Alex Roesner and Simon Mathias who have a team-high 14 each.
*Sophomore Reilly Hupfeldt has 13 goals, while classmate Kevin McGeary has 12.
*Breaking Penn’s 90 goals down by class: Freshmen, 36 (40 percent); sophomores, 33 (36.7 pct); juniors, 7 (7.8 pct); seniors, 14 (15.5 pct).
*After not scoring in Penn’s first three games, junior Kevin Brown exploded for four against Lafayette (with three of them coming in the opening half); he had an assist at Princeton.
*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.