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Men’s lacrosse preview: Penn travels to Notre Dame for first-round NCAA game

Saturday, 14th May 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 5/14/11
From Press Releases

The Penn men’s lacrosse team has spent the week preparing, and on Saturday the Quakers will make their first NCAA Championship appearance since 2006.

The opponent is Notre Dame, a finalist last year who spent a chunk of the 2011 season ranked No. 1 in the country. However, like Penn, ND enters the postseason having lost two games in a row. The teams will face off at 2:30 p.m. in South Bend, Ind., and the game will be televised live on ESPNU.


Penn (8-6) at #4 Notre Dame (10-2)
Saturday, May 14, 2011 * 2:30 p.m.
South Bend, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
TV: ESPNU (Anish Shroff, Stephen McElduff)

The Series with Notre Dame
The Quakers and the Fighting Irish had a four-game regular-season series from 2000 to 2003, with Penn winning twice and Notre Dame winning twice. Perhaps an ominous sign for Penn: the home team has won every meeting in this series.
3/4/2000 – at Penn 10, ND 7
3/4/2001 – at ND 10, Penn 8
3/2/2002 – at Penn 7, ND 6
3/1/2003 – at ND 14, Penn 5

Penn NCAA Fun Fact, Part I
Both the Penn men’s and women’s lacrosse teams made their respective fields this year. A seemingly innocuous fact, until you realize that the only other years that it happened were 1983 and 1984.

Penn NCAA Fun Fact, Part II

Penn is one of just five programs to have both its men’s and women’s lacrosse programs in their respective 16-team fields. The others all come from the Atlantic Coast Conference-Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Philly connection at Notre Dame
Irish freshman midfielder Liam O’Connor (Haverford School) has won 80 of 147 face-offs (54.4 percent) and freshman attackman Westy Hopkins (lLa Salle) has scored 13 goals. Both have made a major impact for Notre Dame.

Penn In the NCAAs
This represents Penn’s 11th overall appearance in the NCAA Championship. However, it is the Quakers’ first NCAA appearance since 2006, and just their third since 1989. Penn is 2-10 all-time in NCAA play, with the wins coming in 1987 and 1988. Penn was a semifinalist in 1988, and a quarterfinalist seven other times.
1975 – Navy 17, Penn 6 (quarterfinal)
1977 – Navy 14, Penn 12 (quarterfinal)
1978 – Syracuse 11, Penn 8 (quarterfinal)
1984 – Army 8, Penn 7 (quarterfinal)
1985 – Syracuse 14, Penn 7 (quarterfinal)
1987 – Penn 11, UMass 10 (1st round)
Maryland 12, Penn 8 (quarterfinal)
1988 – Penn 12, Loyola 9 (quarterfinal)
Syracuse 11, Penn 10 (semifinal)
1989 – Navy 12, Penn 11 (quarterfinal)
2004 – Navy 11, Penn 5 (1st round)
2006 – Johns Hopkins 13, Penn 3 (1st round)

A Little Different
Penn’s trip to South Bend was certainly unique — the Quakers shared a charter flight with the Villanova men’s lacrosse team, as the Wildcats are playing Denver on Sunday in their first-round game. The flight made a stop in South Bend to drop off the Quakers before carrying the Wildcats the rest of the way.

About Penn…

*Penn finished the regular season at 8-6, its best overall record since 2006 (10-4). Since then, the Quakers have gone 6-7 twice (2007, 2008) and 5-8 twice (2009, 2010).

*In Ivy play, Penn’s 4-2 record is its best since 2006. However, the last time Penn finished second in the Ivy standings? Try 1989, when the Quakers tied Cornell and Brown for second behind Yale.

*Following a loss to Harvard in the Ivy League Tournament semifinal on Friday, Penn fell to 18th in this week’s USILA coaches poll. The Quakers are 16th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll.

*In the most recent NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of 2011, released on Monday, Penn was 15th. According to, the Quakers’ strength of schedule is sixth.

*Penn’s schedule this season has already included teams currently ranked second (Cornell), sixth (Duke), seventh (Bucknell), ninth (UNC), 10th (Virginia), 11th (Villanova) and 15th (Harvard) in the USILA poll. Penn went 3-5 in those eight games.

*Penn finished the 2011 season 6-0 at home, and has won seven in a row at Franklin Field dating back to last season. That is the third-longest home winning streak at the NCAA Division I level. Who’s ahead of the Quakers? Bucknell at 11, and Cornell at seven.

*Penn played four straight one-goal games from March 26 (Cornell) to April 16 (Harvard), winning two and losing two. The last time the Quakers played four straight one-goal games was 1985.

*Six of Penn’s 14 games this season have been decided by a goal (with another one decided by two goals). The Quakers are 3-3 in those games. The last time the Red and Blue had six one-goal games in a single season was 2005; they went 1-5 in those contests.

*Penn has played four overtime games in 2011, all of them in a six-game span from March 12 to April 16. That is a school record for a single season.

*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (team): Penn enters the NCAA Championship ninth in scoring defense (8.00), 10th in caused turnovers per game (9.54), and 17th in man-up offense (36.4 percent success).

*IN THE NATIONAL STATS (individual): junior Will Koshansky entered the week third in caused turnovers per game (3.07) while freshman Maxx Meyer — who broke his leg a few weeks ago and will miss NCAAs — was 13th (1.92); senior Corey Winkoff was sixth in assists per game (1.93); freshman Brian Feeney was 10th in goals-against average (7.88).

*Penn had five athletes receive first or second-team All-Ivy, the program’s best representation on the All-Ivy teams since 1999. Senior defenseman Brett Hughes was a first-team All-Ivy pick; he is just Penn’s second first-team All-Ivy honoree since 2004 (the other was Craig Andrzejewski in 2008). Senior attackmen Al Kohart and Corey Winkoff, junior long-stick middie Will Koshansky, and freshman defenseman Maxx Meyer were second-team All-Ivy recipients.

*After being held scoreless in Penn’s first two games, Winkoff has scored in each of last 12 games and currently leads the Quakers with 35 points. He also has a team-high 27 assists.

*Winkoff has 95 career assists, which is second all-time at Penn. Chris Conforti (1988-91) is the program’s all-time leader, with 103.

*In a survey of the NCAA Division I SIDs, Winkoff’s 95 career assists rank him fifth among active players nationally.

*Kohart leads Penn with 25 goals and is second on the team with 28 points.

*Kohart has recorded at least a point in 12 of Penn’s 14 games, with two four-point outings and four three-point games.

*Kohart also leads Penn with four hat tricks this season, against Harvard (Ivy Tournament), UNC, Cornell and Brown. All three of them came away from home.

*Junior John Conneely is third on the team in scoring with 19 points (12g, 7a), while sophomore Rob Fitzpatrick is fourth with 18 points (13g, 5a).

*Fitzpatrick was the only Penn player to record a point in every game this season, until he was held off the board in the regular-season finale at Virginia. That said, he has scored in 13 of the Quakers’ 14 games, a team high.

*Junior Dan Savage has 17 points this season (15g, 2a) including 11 goals in the last seven games. That includes hat tricks against Yale and Saint Joseph’s, and a two-goal outing vs. Dartmouth.

*Freshman Drew Belinsky — who scored the OT winners against both Yale and Harvard, both times unassisted — is Penn’s top freshman scorer with 14 points (10g, 4a). He has a point in six of Penn’s last seven games.

*Senior Morgan Griff has scored twice against both Brown (4/9) and Harvard (4/16), his first multi-goal outings since he had a hat trick against Towson on April 26, 2009. After going pointless in Penn’s first five games, he has seven points on the season.

*Koshansky, a long-stick middie, has seven points this season (5g, 2a) and also leads Penn with 43 caused turnovers.

*Meyer is behind Koshansky in CTs (23), as are fellow close defensemen Brett Hughes (17) and Anthony Santomo (15).

*Freshman Danny Feeney has been Penn’s primary faceoff man this season, taking all but 28; he leads the Quakers with 55 ground balls for the season. Koshansky has 44, while Santomo has 27 and Hughes has 21.

*In goal, Brian Feeney has played all but 15 minutes this season for the Quakers. He has a 7.88 goals-against average and a .491 save percentage. (Feeney’s save percentage in the last five games, however, is .538.) He is a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week.



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