PRINCETON, N.J. -- After a drama filled last weekend for Ivy League Men's Lacrosse, one thing seems to be certain - the final two weekends of the regular season will likely be filled with more of the same theatrics.
Penn erased a two-goal deficit in the final 4:03 of regulation and came away with an 8-7 overtime win over Harvard to hand the Crimson their first League loss of the season. This season will be the eighth in the last 13 years that all Ivy teams will have at least one League loss.
That result also leaves five teams within a game of each other in the race for the four Ivy League Tournament slots. Penn and Yale are both 3-2 with one game remaining. Cornell and Harvard are both 3-1 atop the standings, while Princeton is 2-2. Cornell hosts Brown (which is still mathematically alive at 1-3) this Saturday before facing Princeton in the regular season finale. Harvard hosts Princeton this weekend and closes out at Yale. Penn would appear to have the easiest path to a fourth League win, facing Dartmouth this Saturday in its final League game, although that game is in Hanover.
The latest NCAA RPI was released Monday morning. As a League, the Ivy League is ranked second behind the ACC. With the top-rated schedule thus far, Penn is third overall behind Syracuse and Duke. Cornell is No. 9, while Yale is No. 11 and Princeton is No. 14.
Three of Saturday's four games will be streamed on The Ivy League Digital Network.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn senior goalkeeper Brian Feeney (Summit, N.J.) was stellar between the pipes on Saturday as the Quakers handed Harvard its first League loss. Feeney had 13 saves and three ground balls as Penn defeated Harvard, 8-7, in overtime.
It was the first time in 10 games that the Crimson were held to single-digits (the last coming in a season-opening loss to UMass, 8-4).
Feeney’s Statistics for the Week
1 GP, 61:12 min., 7 GA, 6.84 GAA, 13 svs, 65.0 sv%, 3 GB
Princeton junior midfielder Kip Orban (Westport, Conn.) tallied a thrilling game-tying goal against Lehigh during a six-point week. Orban sprawled out and whipped one past one of the best goalkeepers in the country in Lehigh’s Matt Poillon with just 2.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, 9-9, before assisting on the game-winner in double-overtime to held the Tigers top the Mountain Hawks.
Orban finished the game with two goals, two assists, and a No. 7 performance on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10. He tacked on two more goals in Saturday’s win over Dartmouth to extend his streak to 24 straight games with at least one goal (longest in the nation by a midfielder).
Orban is the fourth different Tiger to earn Player of the Week honors this season.
Orban’s Statistics for the Week
2 GP, 4G, 2A, 6 Pts., 13 Shots, 7 SOG, 2 GB
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman midfielder Zach Currier (Peterborough, Ontario) had a four-point day as Princeton defeated Dartmouth on Saturday. Currier entered the game with just three points all season, but had three goals and an assist to help the Tigers even their Ivy mark at 2-2 on the year.
Currier’s Statistics for the Week
2 GP, 3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 5 shots, 4 SOG, 1-1 FO
Larken Kemp, Brown (Fr., D -
1 GP, 5 GB, 3 CT
Dylan Levings, Yale (Sr., FO/M -
1 GP, 7 GB, 11-17 FO
Brendan Caputo, Brown (So., M -
1 GP, 2G, 1A, 3 Pts., 9 shots, 5 SOG
Peter Schwartz, Harvard (Sr., A -
1 GP, 5G, 3A, 8 Pts., 9 shots, 9 SOG
Joe Paoletta, Cornell (Sr., A, Falls
2 GP, 6G, 2A, 8 Pts., 1 GB, 16 shots, 9 SOG
Saturday, April 19
*Brown at [12/13] Cornell, 12 noon [IVY]
* [14/14] Princeton at [RV/20] Harvard, 1 pm [IVY]
*[9/10] Penn at Dartmouth, 1 pm [IVY]
[13/11] Yale at Michigan, 4 pm
Tuesday, April 22
[9/10] Penn at [NR/RV] Towson, 7 pm
[15/19] Bryant at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
Quinnipiac at [13/11] Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
Friday, April 25
1-St. John’s vs. [9/10] Penn, 7 pm
Saturday, April 26
* [RV/20] Harvard at [13/11] Yale, 1:30 pm [FoxCollegeSports-Central]
2-* [14/14] Princeton vs. [12/13] Cornell, 2 pm
*Dartmouth at Brown, 2 pm [IVY]
May 2 & 4 - Ivy League Tournament
(campus site TBD)
*Ivy League game
1 - at Radnor, Pa.
2 - at Bethpage, N.Y.
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network
Rankings listed as Warrior Media / USILA