Men's Lacrosse Continues Home Stretch Against Bellarmine Friday Evening
Matt Hull and the Crimson are 2-0 at home this season (David Silverman).
Harvard, which is coming off a 16-15 win over No. 20 Georgetown Tuesday afternoon, hosts Bellarmine for a non-conference tilt at the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium. The Crimson stands at 2-1, while the Knights own a 2-3 mark.
Last Time Out
Dean Gibbons netted four goals, and Jeff Cohen scored a hat trick, as the Crimson used a 7-3 first-quarter scoring edge to hold off No. 20 Georgetown, 16-15, March 8. Kevin Vaughan caused four turnovers and grabbed five ground balls, while Harry Krieger recorded 11 saves in net for the Crimson.
Scouting The Crimson
Harvard is outshooting opponents, 140-91, but is being outscored by a 37-34 margin through three games this spring. Dean Gibbons paces the squad with eight points, all on goals, while Jeff Cohen (6-1-7) and Alex White (2-5-7) are tied for second in scoring.
Andrew Parchman has won 23-of-53 faceoffs (.434), while Gibbons, Matt Hull and Terry White are tied for the team lead with eight ground balls apiece. The Crimson has been successful on 50-of-61 clear attempts (.820) and has scored on 6-of-17 man-up chances (.353).
Scouting The Knights
Bellarmine, which owns wins over Detroit, 9-6, and Mercer, 20-6, has dropped its last three games at the hands of three ranked opponents: No. 16 Delaware, 12-11, in overtime, No. 10 Loyola (Md.), 9-6, and No. 8 Maryland, 12-8. Austin Bright has scored a team-high eight goals, while Cameron Gardner (seven goals) is tied with Bright with nine points.
Goalie Dillon Ward has stopped 55 shots and owns a .598 save percentage, as well as a 9.38 goals-against mark. Craig Carson (28-of-56) and Andrew Bulgarelli (23-of-44) have been successful on faceoffs. Carson also paces Bellarmine with 15 ground balls.
Harvard and Bellarmine have never met on the lacrosse field.
Opening and Finishing Strong
The Crimson owns a scoring advantage in the first and fourth quarter this season. Harvard has outscored teams, 12-8, in the opening frame, and 10-7 in the final period of play.
The Crimson, which finished 4-2 at home in 2010, boasts a 2-0 record at home this season with victories over Canisius and No. 20 Georgetown. Harvard has six home contests left on the slate, including four in Harvard Stadium: Massachusetts (March 29), Cornell (April 9), Penn (April 16) and Yale (April 30). Harvard will also host Holy Cross at the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium April 15.
After causing a career-high five turnovers in Harvard's 16-15 victory against No. 20 Georgetown, Kevin Vaughan now paces the team in that category with six on the season. Jason Gonos has caused five turnovers, while Terry White has four to his credit.