MLax Hosts Princeton at Franklin Field Today

The Quakers host Princeton on April 5 at Franklin Field in just their third home contest of the 2005 season. Penn and Princeton are both looking for their first Ivy League victories of the season as the Quakers are 0-3 after losses to Yale, Harvard and Cornell, while the Tigers opened Ivy play last weekend with a loss to Yale.

The Broadcast
The Penn-Princeton men's lacrosse game can be heard liveon the computer by clicking hereat game time -http://goprincetontigers.collegesports.com/sports/m-lacros/sched/prin-m-lacros-sched.html, and then click LISTEN. Listeners in the Princeton area can hear the game on Moneytalk1350 AM.

The Last Time Out...
Despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead to begin the game at rainy Schoellkopf Field, the Penn men's lacrosse team fell to No. 10 Cornell, 15-6, on April 2. David Cornbrooks led the Quakers with three goals and tri-captain DJ Andrzejewski had two goals and two assists, but it was not enough to overcome the Big Red's second-half 9-1 scoring run.

The Series
The Princeton Tigers lead this series, 57-16, which includes 15 consecutive Princeton victories since 1989. Prior to that, Penn had defeated Princeton seven-straight times. These teams have played each other every season since 1947.

Scouting Princeton
The Tigers have not won a game this season (0-5) and have dropped off most major lacrosse polls this week. Scott Sowanick leads the Princeton attack with 14 points on 10 goals and two assists, while Matthew Larkin and Dave Law are sharing time between the pipes, combining for a .489 save percentage this season. Princeton, who lost to Yale on April 2, 9-8, has not lost back-to-back Ivy League games since losing nine straight from 1988-89, a span of 94 league games.

Leading the Way
Leading the way for the Red and Blue this season is junior tri-captain DJ Andrzejewski, who has 21 points on 14 goals and seven assists. Sophomore James Riordan has nine points on seven goals and two assists, while David Cornbrooks has eight points after his first career hat trick against Cornell on April 2.

The Coaches
Penn’s Brian Voelker is in his third season at the helm of the Quakers in 2005. Voelker recorded a 13-14 mark in his first two seasons at Penn, and led the 2004 squad to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 15 years. Princeton’s Bill Tierney is the dean of the Ivy League lacrosse coaching contingency who has won six NCAA championships and 12 Ivy League titles.

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
Currently, three of the Ivy League’s seven institutions that sponsor men’s lacrosse are nationally ranked by USILA. Cornell is No. 9, Dartmouth is No. 12 and Brown is No. 16 for the week of April 4. The Big Red of Cornell are leading the Ancient Eight this week with a 2-0 record after recording wins againstPenn (15-6) andYale (15-6). Last season, Princeton, Cornell and Penn all 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.