PHILADELPHIA – The final game of the 2014 men’s soccer season for the University of Pennsylvania will see the Quakers host Harvard on Saturday at 7 p.m. for Senior Day.
Last year, the Penn-Harvard match was for the Ivy League title, Penn knocking off the Crimson, 2-0, in Cambridge for the Ancient Eight crown. While the Red and Blue are out of title contention, the game still could have title implications as Harvard is within two points of League-leading Princeton and Dartmouth. The Tigers and Big Green both play earlier in the day on Saturday, and if both teams lose, a Crimson win would secure the Ivy title for the Crimson.
A chance to play a role in deciding the Ivy champion will provide extra motivation for the Quakers on an emotional day as the program will honor its five seniors.
Jason deFaria, Duke Lacroix, Mariano Gonzalez-Guerineau, Kamar Saint-Louis and Louis Schott will graduate with an Ivy championship ring from the 2013 season, part of Penn’s first outright Ivy championship since 1972.
Two-time captain Duke Lacroix will graduate with the third-most matches played in program history and enters the weekend inside the top five all-time by a Penn player in both points (65) and minutes played (4,949) as he concludes his illustrious career. He began his time in University City with an Ivy League Rookie of the Year campaign in 2011 and added Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2013 – making him one of six players in Ivy League history to earn Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year during a career.
A first-team All-Ivy selection last season, Louis Schott has excelled off the field as well with Academic All-Ivy and Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area honors to his credit. A clutch performer, Schott has four career goals – three of which were game-winners.
A stalwart on the back line, Jason deFaria has played in 50 matches over his career, making 41 starts. He played a career-high 1,604 minutes last season, scoring his first career goal in the season-opening win over Stony Brook.
Kamar Saint-Louis spent time at midfield and defense for the Red and Blue over his career, appearing in 53 matches. He has played in every match over the past three seasons and accumulated 3,565 minutes of field time during his career. In 2012, Saint-Louis notched his first career goal, scoring against Harvard. This season, he picked up an assist at Washington.
Mariano Gonzalez-Guerineau has seen action in 54 matches, starting in 18. In 2012, he was fifth on the club in scoring, recording two goals and an assist. His goals came against Villanova and Rider. This year, Gonzalez has appeared in 13 matches, making four starts.
The Crimson are 10-4-2 overall this season and 3-1-2 in the Ivy League. Harvard has gone 10-1-2 since dropping its first three games of the season.
Tim Schmoll has five goals and two assists to lead the Crimson with 12 points, Kyle Henderson right behind with four goals and nine points. Hiroki Kobayashi has three goals and three assist for nine points as well.
Evan Mendez has started 15 matches in goal for the Crimson, posting a 1.19 GAA and a .727 save percentage.