No. 12 Men's Lacrosse, No. 18 Massachusetts Meet in Intrastate Matchup Saturday

No. 12 Men's Lacrosse, No. 18 Massachusetts Meet in Intrastate Matchup Saturday

Pictured: Defenseman Ben Smith has grabbed nine ground balls this spring.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography

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Live Audio/Video Stream (with subscription)
Live Radio Broadcast (WMUA-91.FM Amherst, Mass.)

The Particulars
The 12th-ranked Crimson men’s lacrosse team continues its stretch of three games away from home, as Harvard will travel to Amherst, Mass., for a non-conference matchup at No. 18 Massachusetts.  

Follow From Home
Live statistics will be available at, while will provide a video stream for a subscription. WMUA (91.1 FM-Amherst) will also carry the game on the radio.

Series History
Harvard and Massachusetts have played 40 times since the series between the schools began in 1970.  The Minutemen have won four of the last five meetings between the teams, including a 7-3 at Cumnock Turf on March 7, 2009.  Harvard last picked up a win on March 8, 2008 at Amherst, Mass.

National Recognition
Harvard is ranked 12 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association ranking, 14th in the LaxNews poll and 15th in the Inside Lacrosse national poll.

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 16-14 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 and 2010 seasons.

Last Time Out
Dean Gibbons scored four times and handed out an assist, while Jeff Cohen contributed two goals as an assist, as Harvard grabbed its second win of the season, topping Holy Cross, 9-7.  Harry Krieger earned the first win of his careee, making seven saves in net.

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.  Harvard is 2-0 in that category this spring.  

Leading the Way
Dean Gibbons paces the Crimson with 10 goals, and 13 points, while Jeff Cohen is second with eight goals and 10 assists.  Gibbons and Alex White are tied for the team lead with three assists each, while Travis Burr has notched two man-up goals, the msot on Harvard.

When The Game Is On the Line ...
Terry White and and Christian Oberbeck have notched Harvard’s game-winning tallies this spring.  White netted the game winner at Holy Cross, while Oberbeck had his against Canisius.  

To The Nines
Harvard has won 33 of its last 41 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.

Around The Country
Harvard boasts the nation’s 12th-best scoring offense, averaging 12.33 goals per game, while the team stands 16th with 8.67 goals allowed per contest.  The Crimson has scored on 6-of-11 man-up opportunities for a success rate of .545, good for 10th-best in the country.  Dean Gibbons stands 13th among all players with 3.33 goals per game.

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 is currently 0-1 against ranked opponents this season after falling at No. 14 Georgetown, 12-13, March 3.

Road Trip
Harvard will play six games away from home this spring.  The Crimson has four road games left, including contests at Massachusetts March 13, Cornell April 10, Penn April 17 and Yale May 1. The Crimson is 1-1 away from home this year, picking up a win at Holy Cross March 6.

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.

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