MLax Heads West to Face Air Force

The Matchup
The Penn men’s lacrosse team will travel to Colorado to take on the Air Force Academy on Thursday, March 10. Penn dropped its season opener, 10-7, to Villanova, and now have an 0-1 record as it heads out west. Air Force hosts the Quakers with a 2-1 record in their first home game of the season.

Out of the Polls
Penn began the 2005 season ranked No. 17 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse.com, No. 18 in the laxpower.com national poll and No. 20 for Lacrosse Magazine, but after falling to Villanova in its season opener, Penn fell out of each of those polls this week.

The Last Time Out...
The Penn men's lacrosse team opened the 2005 season with a 10-7 defeat at Villanova on March 5. Despite leading, 5-3, at halftime and scoring a quick goal to open the third quarter, the Quakers gave up four third-quarter goals and watched their lead slip away. On the scoring end, junior DJ Andrzejewski had two goals and two assists and sophomore David Cornbrooks had two goals, while classmate Samuel Oher scored his first collegiate goal. Greg Klossner made 12 saves in his first career start in goal.

The Series
This is the first time that Penn and Air Force will meet on the lacrosse field.

Scouting Air Force
Air Force went 1-1 last weekend at the Pioneer Face-Off Classic, hosted by Denver. The Falcons opened up the weekend with a 15-6 loss to No. 11 Towson before notching an 11-5 victory over Lafayette. Sophomores Will Meister and Justin Kuchta were each named to the All-Pioneer Face-Off Classic. Meister combined for seven points on the weekend, with five goals and two assists, while also adding seven ground balls. Meanwhile, Kuchta tallied seven points, scoring four goals and three assists.

Leading the Way
DJ Andrzejewski leads the Red and Blue with four points on two goals and two assists. David Cornbrooks is second on the team with two points after his season-opening two goals, while James Riordan, Patrick Rogers and Samuel Oher all have one point apiece.

A Happy Home
The Quakers have won their last four home openers at Franklin Field, including last season’s 6-5 victory over Villanova. This year, the Red and Blue will host Yale on March 19 in an Ivy League doubleheader with the women.

The Coaches
Penn’s Brian Voelker is in his third season at the helm of the Quakers in 2005. Voelker has a 13-14 mark in two seasons at Penn, and led the 2004 squad to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 15 years.Air Force's Fred Acee has been a lacrosse coach for over 36 years, but began just hiseighth season at the Academy in 2005. The Falcons were a disappointing 3-12 in 2004.

What Happened in 2004
Behind the hot stick of senior Will Phillips and a stellar defense anchored by Ryan Kelly and Patrick Connelly, the Quakers stood their ground and earned national respect with a 7-6 regular season record. Penn earned five All-Ivy League selections and two NCAA All-American honorable mentions by the end of the season. Going undefeated at home and besting a number of nationally ranked teams along the way, Penn earned its first bid to the NCAA tournament in 15 years, where it fell to Final Four participant Navy, 11-5.

On The Road, Again
Penn continues its trip out west with a game against Denver on Sunday, March 13. The Pioneers are 1-2 this season after falling to North Carolina and Towson.

The Captains
Junior D.J. Andrejewski and seniors Zandy Reich and Brian Amen will serve as the tri-captains in 2005. All three served as starters for the 2004 squad that went 7-7 overall and earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 1989.

Ivy League Elite
Five of the Ivy League’s seven institutions that sponsor men’s lacrosse were nationally ranked to begin the 2005 season. Princeton, Cornell, Penn, Brown and Dartmouth were all on the Inside Lacrosse Coaches’ top 20 list. Last season, Princeton, Cornell and Penn represented the Ancient Eight in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

Philadelphia Welcomes NCAA Lacrosse
The University of Pennsylvania will serve as the host institution for the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships at Lincoln Financial Field. For tournament information and to order tickets, log on to:
www.faceoffphiladelphia.com.

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