PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team (0-1) will host #19 Penn (0-0) this Saturday, February 18. Opening face-off is slated for 3:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.

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Saturday’s game will mark the 14th all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Penn. The Quakers own a 12-1 all-time series advantage, but the Hawks came away with a 9-8 overtime victory on April 26 of last season for the program’s first-ever win over their city rival.

Saint Joseph's enters Saturday's game coming off of a 16-8 loss to #3 Maryland on Tuesday evening. Junior attackmen Chris Blewitt and Jason Kelly and senior midfielder Kevin Reidinger scored two goals apiece for the Crimson and Gray, while junior midfielder Hayes McGinley dished out a pair of assists.

Saturday's game will mark the season opener for Penn, a squad that faced Maryland and Marquette in exhibition action. The Quakers were picked third in the Ive League Preseason Poll. Connor Keating was tabbed a 2017 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American Honorable Mention, while Simon Mathias is Penn's returning leading scorer (28g, 11a) from a year ago.

Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Taylor Wray, Saint Joseph’s returns 27 Hawks, including six starters, from a squad that matched a program-best 12 wins and reached the Northeast Conference Championship title game just a year ago, and welcomes 17 newcomers for the 2017 campaign.

After ranking third nationally in both save percentage and goals against average last spring, 2017 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American Honorable Mention senior goalkeeper T.J. Jones will backstop the Crimson and Gray, while Blewitt is SJU's leading returning scorer with 24 goals and 16 assists a year ago. Senior face-off specialist Mike Lanham went 63.2 percent from the X last year, which ranked eighth nationally.