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Men’s preview: Penn opens with high hopes, date with Duke Saturday at Franklin Field

Friday, 25th February 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/25/11
From Press Releases

The Penn men’s lacrosse team is ready to begin the 2011 season — and what a way to start. Defending NCAA champion Duke comes to Franklin Field for the first time in history. The Quakers and the Blue Devils will face off at noon on Saturday.

The Series with Duke
The Quakers and the Blue Devils have met three times previously in men’s lacrosse, with Penn holding a 2-1 lead in the series. Last year, Duke scored the game’s last five goals, breaking an 11-11 tie in the fourth quarter and gaining a 16-11 win in Durham, N.C.
3/14/70 – Penn 5, at Duke 3
3/18/71 – Penn 8, at Duke 7 (2ot)
2/27/10 – at Duke 16, Penn 11

About Duke
The Blue Devils are the defending NCAA champions, and this is their third game of 2011. Last weekend, Duke lost to Notre Dame in Jacksonville, Fla., in a rematch of the 2010 NCAA finalists. Justin Turri had two goals and an assist to lead the Devils, while Zach Howell added two goals. Howell had nine points (7g, 2a) in the season opener against Siena. Josh Offit and Robert Rotanz join Turri in having scored three goals so far this season.

Around the Ivy League
Every Ancient Eight team will begin play on Saturday, with five of them playing at home. In addition to Penn hosting Duke, Cornell will face off with Hobart in Ithaca at noon; Dartmouth hosts Colgate at 1 p.m.; Harvard will entertain Canisius at 1 p.m.; and Brown hosts Quinnipiac at 1 p.m. Princeton will actually start the day, playing at Hofstra in a game that faces off at 11:30 a.m. Yale is at St. John’s for a 1 p.m. start.

Duke Connections
Penn head coach Mike Murphy and assistant coach Mike Keating (Episcopal Academy) played their college lacrosse at Duke. Murphy is a 1991 graduate and captained the Blue Devils as a senior, while Keating was captain of the 2001 Duke squad that won the ACC title.

About Penn…
*Saturday’s game is the first of three in a row that Penn will play at home to start the 2011 season; the Quakers will host Bucknell Tuesday night, then Lafayette next Friday.

*Penn’s schedule is certainly ambitious this season. In addition to today’s game against Duke — which ranks 10th in the first USILA national poll, released Monday — the Quakers will play Virginia (#1), Cornell (#6), Princeton (#8), North Carolina (#12) and Yale (#18). Four other future opponents received votes in this week’s inaugural USILA poll: Bucknell, Villanova, Brown, and Harvard.

*Penn returns four players who received All-Ivy honors last year — senior defenseman Brett Hughes was a second-team All-Ivy pick, while seniors Corey Winkoff and Al Kohart and junior John Conneely received honorable mention.

*Winkoff was Penn’s leading scorer last year, scoring 18 goals and dishing out 25 assists. He had at least two points in all but one game a year ago.

*Winkoff enters the 2011 season with 68 career assists, which is already sixth on the program’s all-time list.

*Conneely was Penn’s second-leading scorer in 2010, with 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points. As a sophomore, he had at least two points in all but two games a year ago.

*Kohart was Penn’s leading goalscorer last year, with 21; he also had five assists for 26 points, good for third on the team.

*Overall, Penn returns six of its top seven scorers from last year. In addition to Winkoff, Conneely and Kohart, there is junior Dan Savage (16g, 7a in 2010), sophomore Rob Fitzpatrick (13g, 4a), and senior Will Amling (10g, 2a).

*Expect to see Brian Feeney in goal for Penn. The freshman was one of the most highly recruited goalies in the country, and was an UnderArmour and USILA All-America a year ago. He was joined as an UnderArmour All-America by teammate and classmate Drew Belinsky.

*Overall, Penn’s incoming class was ranked seventh by Inside Lacrosse and tops among the Ivy League institutions. In addition to Feeney and Belinsky, two other freshmen were listed on the IL Top 100 Power Freshmen List in the fall — Zack Losco and Maxx Meyer.



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