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PHILADELPHIA - Penn's final road game of the season brings Penn to Princeton on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The trip to Princeton hopefully will harken back to better days for the Red and Blue, as Roberts Stadium was the site of Penn's two best outings of 2012 in September.
At the Princeton Tournament Sept. 21-23, the Quakers went 2-0-0 for their only two victories of the season. The wins came by a combined score of 10-4, including a 7-2 win over Rider in the second match of the tournament.
Since then, Penn has gone winless, five of the six losses coming by just one goal. The crucial one-goal matches have not gone Penn's way in 2012, the Quakers entering the weekend with a 1-9 record in matches decided by just one score.
Penn's most recent game was one of its best defensive efforts of the season, the Red and Blue conceding just a fourth-minute goal off a deflected pass to No. 11 Brown in a 1-0 loss to the Bears. Max Kurtzman made eight saves in the match, including six in a busy first half as he fought to keep the Quakers in the game. The Quakers had 11 total shots in the game, including seven from Duke Lacroix who consistently put pressure on the opposition. Lacroix enjoyed his first visit to Roberts Stadium during the Princeton Tournament in September, with three goals and two assists over the course of the two wins. Stephen Baker was also on a tear in the late-September matches, with five goals and an assist over the two wins.
Princeton sits fourth in the Ivy League and a win on Saturday can solidify its spot in the top half of the table for the season. The Tigers have played a multitude of close-scoring games in 2012, with eight one-goal games and two ties. The Tigers are 2-1-2 in overtime games, 2-0-2 in Ivy matches decided in extra time.
Thomas and Matt Sanner share the team lead in goals scored with three apiece, Thomas Sanner leading the club with 11 points. In goal, Seth MacMillan has started all five Ivy matches and has yet to allow more than one goal in an Ancient Eight game.