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No. 12 Men's Lacrosse Hosts Canisius in Season Opener

Pictured: Sophomore defender Daniel DiMaria and the Crimson won four home game last spring.
Photo courtesy: David Silverman Photography


Complete Game Notes (PDF)
Live Statistics (weather permitting)
Harvard Season Preview


The Particulars
After winning eight games last spring, the 12th-ranked Harvard men’s lacrosse team will open up the 2010 campaign by hosting Canisius at Cumnock Turf. Harvard was 8-5 last season, while the Griffs posted a 4-9 overall record.

Tickets for Saturday’s game will be free of charge.

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Weather permitting, GoCrimson.com will providelive statistics for Saturday’s contest.

Series History
Saturday’s game will mark the first time Harvard and Canisius have met on the lacrosse field.

National Recognition
Harvardis ranked 12th in both the Nike/InsideLacrosse and LaxNews national polls and appears 17th in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association ranking.

On the Sidelines
John Tillman, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse, is in his third season at the helm of the Crimson. He owns a 14-13 record during his stint at Harvard and has helped the Crimson reach as high as No. 11 in the national polls, coming during the 2009 season.

Strength Of Schedule
Six of Harvard’s 12 regular-season games are against schools ranked in this week’s Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men’s Division I poll. The Crimson was 1-4 against ranked teams this season, defeating then-No. 7 Duke, 9-6, in Durham, N.C., on Feb. 22, 2009.

To The Nines
Harvard has won 31 of its last 38 games in which it has scored nine or more goals. The Crimson has lost 38 of its last 46 games in which it has scored fewer than nine goals.

It’s All Over
The Crimson was 8-0 when leading after three quarters in 2009 after holding off Duke, Stony
Brook, Hartford, Penn, Presbyterian, Holy Cross, Yale and Dartmouth in the fourth quarter.

Welcome To The Show
Head coach John Tillman welcomed the third best recruiting class in the nation to Cambridge this year, according to the InsideLacrosse incoming class rankings. The class ranked first in the Ivy League and included six players listed in the publication’s Power 100 newcomers from around the country.

Duboe Is All Class
Senior midfielder Jason Duboe has named a candidate for the prestigious Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Duboe is among 20 candidates for the award for displaying both on-field and off-field excellence. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, character, community and competition.

Starting Fast
In each of the first two seasons with John Tillman on the sideline, Harvard has started the year witha 4-1 record.

It’s Good To Be Home
Harvard will play six games at home this season, including at least four at Harvard Stadium (Brown March 20, Dartmouth March 27, Duke April 2 and Princeton April 24). Last season, the Crimson owned a 4-2 record at home, defeating Hartford March 13, Penn March 21, Holy Cross April 18, and Yale April 25.

Preseason Prognostication
Harvard was selected to finish third in the Ivy League in the Inside Lacrosse preseason conference poll. Senior defender Billy Geist, a co-captain of the Crimson, and senior midfielder Jason Duboe were named to the publication’s preseason All-America honorable mention team, while Duboe also earned a spot on the Inside Lacrosse preseason All-Ivy League first team.

Leading the Way
Last season, attacker Jeff Cohen, now a sophomore, paced the Crimson with 41 points on 34 goals and seven assists. Junior attacker Dean Gibbons ranked second with 21 goals and 27 points, while senior attacker Travis Burr (16-3-19) and senior midfielder Jason Duboe (11-8-19) tied for third with 19 points apiece.

Around The Country
A year ago, the Crimson boasted the country’s third best scoring defense, allowing only 6.69 goals per game. John Tillman’s squad also ranked third in man-down defense (.810, 34 of 42), fifth in scoring margin (+3.985), 15th in scoring offense (10.54 goals per game) and 15th in man-up offense (.389, 14 of 36).

When The Game Is On the Line ...
Jeff Cohen and Dean Gibbons tied for the team lead with three game-winning tallies apiece during the 2009 season.

Road Trip
Harvard will play six games away from home this spring. The Crimson will visit Georgetown March 3, Holy Cross March 6, Massachusetts March 13, Cornell April 10, Penn April 17 and Yale May 1. The Crimson stood at 3-3 in road contests in 2009.

Ivy League Tournament Coming in 2010
Beginning this season, the Ivy League will hold four-team tournaments to decide the conference’s automatic qualifying institutions to the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Championships. Each tournament will include the top four teams in Ivy League regular season round-robin competition and will be hosted by the round-robin winner.

The winners of the Ivy League championship will continue to be determined by results of the conference’s round-robin competitions during the regular season. The tournaments will be held at the winner of the regular-season Ivy League championship.

Faceoff Specialists
Juniors Christian Oberbeck and Andrew Parchman will once again take the majority of the faceoffs for Harvard. In 2009, Parchman won 69 of 121 faceoffs (.570), while Oberbeck had a .526 winning percentage (60 of 114).

Consistent Offense
The Crimson outscored opponents in each quarter last season for a total of 137 goals for, compared to 87 goals against. The biggest margin occurred in the third quarter, as Harvard outscored other teams, 41-25. The Crimson also had an advantage in shots in each quarter, firing a total of 474 shots, compared to 356 by opponents.

Pedigree

Harvard has won 13 national championships in men’s lacrosse, including the first two intercollegiate titles (in 1881 and 1882). Harvard has won three Ivy League championships (1964, 1980, 1990) and made five NCAA tournament appearances (1980, 1988, 1990, 1996, 2006). Eighty-three Harvard players have achieved All-America status.

Stay A While

Harvard has had just four head coaches since 1949. Bruce Munro coached the Crimson from 1949-74. Bob Scalise (now Harvard’s director of athletics) took over from 1975-87, and Scott Anderson coached the Crimson from 1988-2007. This is the third season under current head coach John Tillman.

Crimson Captains

All-NEILA midfielder Travis Burr and All-Ivy League, All-NEILA and Inside Lacrosse preseason All-America defender Billy Geist will captain the Crimson in 2010.

Well Attended
For the last two seasons, Harvard served as a co-host, along with the ECAC, for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships. Last year’s championships drew a total of 126,673 fans to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The 2010 and 2011 championships will be held in Baltimore, Md., but will return to Gillette in 2012, as once again Harvard will serve as the tournament host.

Championship Tradition
Harvard has won 138 national team championships in 18 different sports since the men’s track and field team won the school’s first national title in 1880. The list includes four NCAA titles (1989 men’s ice hockey, 1990 women’s lacrosse, 2003 women’s rowing, 2006 fencing). Harvard has the largest Division I athletics program in the country with 41 varsity sports and nearly 1,500 student-athletes.