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Previewing Penn’s 2020 men’s college lacrosse schedule

Penn has yet another challenging nonconference schedule as they look to continue last year’s momentum.

Matt Dewkett

The Penn Quakers are the 58th team in our 2020 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the fifth team from the Ivy League. Penn finished 12-4 overall in 2019 and a perfect 6-0 in Ivy League play. The Quakers won the Ivy League Championship against Yale, but fell to the Bulldogs in overtime in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Here’s their entire 2020 schedule:

Penn’s 2020 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
2/15 Penn Maryland
2/22 Penn Duke In Charlotte, NC
2/29 Penn State Penn
3/6 Villanova Penn Philly 4 Lacrosse Classic
3/8 Penn Saint Joseph's Philly 4 Lacrosse Classic
3/14 Penn Princeton Ivy League
3/20 Cornell Penn Ivy League
3/28 Penn Yale Ivy League
4/4 Brown Penn Ivy League
4/11 Harvard Penn Ivy League
4/18 Penn Dartmouth Ivy League
4/25 Penn Vermont At New Canaan HS (In New Canaan, CT)

Who’s In?

  • NA

Who’s Out?

  • NA

Penn’s Opponents 2019 Average Win Percentage & RPI

Avg. overall win pct. Avg. nonconference win pct. Avg. conference win pct. Avg. overall RPI Avg. nonconference RPI Avg. conference RPI
Avg. overall win pct. Avg. nonconference win pct. Avg. conference win pct. Avg. overall RPI Avg. nonconference RPI Avg. conference RPI
.568 .647 .489 25.58 20.83 30.33

Circle These Dates

  • 2/15 at Maryland: Before Penn won 12 straight games and became one of the best teams in the country, they lost their first three games against some future quarterfinalists. The Quakers were able to take a one-goal lead midway through the fourth quarter against the Terrapins, but Maryland tied it and eventually won in overtime. Jared Bernhardt and Logan Wisnauskas each had six points in the win.
  • 2/22 vs. Duke (in Charlotte, NC): The Quakers had their worst loss of the season in Durham in a rain-soaked game. Duke led by nine goals at the half and eventually won by 10. This game would have been much different if it was played in April or May, and perhaps Penn can take this year’s meeting after upsetting the Blue Devils at Franklin Field in 2018.
  • 2/29 vs. Penn State: Since playing Penn State annually in 2015, these games have been fairly competitive. That could be said for last year’s meeting as the Nittany Lions got two fourth quarter goals from Nick Spillane to take a one-goal win. Kyle Gallagher and Gerard Arceri were around 50% on faceoffs and both goalies made over 10 saves. But Penn State brings back their entire attack unit from the best offense a year ago.
  • 3/20 vs. Cornell: This was the game that got Penn on the national radar for most people. The Quakers were down three with 11:25 left in regulation before scoring four straight and taking the lead. Cornell was able to tie it twice before Adam Goldner netted home the game-winner with 17 seconds left for the big win.
  • 3/28 at Yale: Perhaps the most-anticipated conference matchup in the entire country. Penn and Yale have had some fantastic games in the past decade, but the rivalry was taken to another level after three one-goal decisions, two of them in overtime and one in the NCAA Tournament. The Quakers took the regular season meeting in overtime as well as the Ivy League Championship rematch, but were unable to win the third time as Jack Tigh scored the winning goal in the NCAA Quarterfinals in overtime.