PHILADELPHIA – Penn returns to Rhodes Field on Tuesday, hosting Philadelphia Soccer Six rival Saint Joseph’s at 7 p.m. The Quakers (3-4-0) are coming off their longest layoff of the season, playing for the first time in six days. Saint Joseph’s enters the match with a 5-1-3 record after a scoreless tie with NJIT on Saturday.
The Red and Blue have played two city matches to date in 2014, picking up wins in both. The Quakers opened the campaign with a 2-0 win over Drexel at Rhodes Field and defeated Temple, 3-0, in Ambler on September 21. Dating back to October 2 of last season against Drexel, Penn has won three consecutive matches against Philadelphia schools.
In terms of official “Philadelphia Soccer Six” league matches, the Quakers can secure the 2014 PS6 championship with a win over the Hawks. A draw in the match will give Penn a share of the crown.
Duke Lacroix and Alec Neumann enter the week leading the Quakers in points with 10 each. That number is tied for second in the Ivy League, three behind Cornell’s Connor Goepel.
Lacroix enters the match with the Hawks riding a four-match point streak – tying his career-longest point streak. He has three goals and two assists for eight points over that span. Lacroix has registered at least one point in exactly half of his career matches, doing so in 24 of 58 appearances. He has 55 points in his 58 matches through three-plus seasons, averaging out to 0.95 points-per-game.
Lacroix’s 55 points rank sixth all-time by a Penn player, trailing Christian Barreiro ’12 by three. Barreiro’s 58 points from 2008-11 rank as the most career points by a Quakers since 1990.
Alec Neumann has points in his last three matches, also tying a career-longest point streak. For his career he has registered at least one point in 10 of 25 appearances. He is also just under a point-per-game pace, with 24 points in 25 appearances for an average of 0.96.
The Quakers are 21-4-0 all-time against Saint Joseph’s, the last meeting a 5-1 win for the Quakers in 2011. Duke Lacroix has his first collegiate goal in the win, part of a two-goal performance for the then-freshman. Louis Schott and Kamar Saint-Louis each had assists for their first collegiate points.
Penn has won its last eight outings against Saint Joseph’s, the last loss coming in 1995. Over the past eight meetings, Penn has outscored the Hawks, 29-4.
The Hawks are off to a hot start to 2014, entering the match with a 5-1-3 record. After suffering a 1-0 loss to Army on September 1, Saint Joseph’s has not lost – with a 4-0-3 record. One of those ties came against the only common opponent between Penn and Saint Joseph’s to this point, a scoreless draw with Drexel.
Three matches ago, the Hawks exploded for five goals in a 5-1 win at Marist. Five different players had goals for the Hawks in the win.
The five wins in 2014 tie the most in a season during the five seasons of head coach Don D’Ambra’s tenure. After winning two matches in each of D’Ambra’s first two seasons, the Hawks have won five in each of the last two as Saint Joseph’s continues its rise in the Atlantic 10.
Seven different players have scored at least one goal for the Hawks this season, led by Mike Glazer and Jake Nelson who each have three.
Bobby Edwards has started the past four matches in goal, and has appeared in six matches overall. He is 3-0-3 with three shutouts and a 0.32 GAA.