PHILADELPHIA – Following a season-opening win over UMBC Saturday at Franklin Field, the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team gets right back into action on Tuesday as the Quakers face local rival Saint Joseph’s.
GAME 2 – #14 PENN (1-0) at SAINT JOSEPH’S (1-1)
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 * 7 p.m.
Sweeney Field (Philadelphia)
The Quakers have played the Hawks 11 times and have won every matchup. This is the sixth straight season these local rivals have met. Last year, Penn defeated SJU 14-4 at Franklin Field. This is the sixth time the Quakers have made the trip to Hawk Hill; the most recent came in 2012, when Penn took a 9-5 decision.
About Saint Joseph’s
The Hawks opened the season with a 9-5 loss to Richmond, but recovered to beat High Point 12-11 on Saturday. Mike Rastivo had three goals to lead the SJU attack against High Point, while Kyle Bruun scored twice. Ray Vandegrift, Kevin Forster and Ryan McGee each went for a goal and an assist on Saturday. Rastivo has five points for the season so far. T.J. Jones has gone the distance in goal in both games; he has a .512 save percentage.
*The Quakers opened the 2015 season with a 10-8 win over UMBC on Saturday at Franklin Field.
*Freshman Kevin McGeary led the Penn attack, scoring three goals in his collegiate debut.
*Junior Nick Doktor, Penn’s leading scorer a year ago with 42 points, had three points on Saturday with two goals and an assist.
*Sophomore Austin Kreinz also scored twice in Saturday’s game, both in the first quarter.
*Penn’s other goals on Saturday were scored by senior Joe McCallion, sophomore Chris Hilburn, and freshman Reilly Hupfeldt.
*Junior Jimmy Sestilio started in goal for Penn and had six saves while allowing four goals in 30 minutes; senior John Lopes played the second half and made one stop while giving up four goals.
*After its outstanding season a year ago -- 11 wins, an Ivy League Tournament title, the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Championship -- Penn was ranked in all three preseason polls for 2015. Lacrosse Magazine listed the Quakers at No. 11, while both Inside Lacrosse and the USILA coaches poll placed Penn 13th. (In the latest USILA poll, released Monday, the Quakers were 14th.)
*As has become common under head coach Mike Murphy, Penn’s 2015 schedule boasts five teams ranked in the USILA preseason poll (No. 8 Maryland, No. 10 Cornell, No. 11 Harvard, No. 14 Penn State, No. 15 Yale) and three others that received votes (Princeton, Villanova, Brown).
*Senior defenseman Matt McMahon, an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year, received 2015 preseason All-America Honorable Mention recognition from Inside Lacrosse.
*McMahon and McCallion (midfield) were Major League Lacrosse draft picks in late January. McMahon went to the Ohio Machine in the fifth round (35th pick overall), while McCallion went to the Denver Outlaws in the seventh round (52nd overall).
*Coincidentally, those two players were voted to be this year’s captains by their teammates.
*Offensively, Penn returns nine of its top 11 scorers from a year ago including last year’s top point-getter in Doktor (23g, 19a, 42 pts). Senior Isaac Bock tied for third on the team in all three categories last year, as well, with 18 goals and nine assists for 27 points. Sophomore Kevin Brown also scored 18 goals and finished the season with 23 points.
Penn in the ACC Tournament?!?!
That’s right, the Quakers will play one of the ACC’s highly ranked teams as part of the weekend-long event at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Penn’s game is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $25, and we urge Penn fans to purchase them in advance through the Penn Athletics Ticket Office (215-898-6151 or online at www.PennAthletics.com/Tickets).