Men's Lacrosse Welcomes No. 15 Penn for Key Ivy Matchup Saturday Afternoon
Junior co-captain Kevin Vaughan has 19 points (13-6-19) and 30 ground balls this spring (Gil Talbot).
New England Lacrosse Day
Youth 12 & under wearing hometown jersey will receive free admission for Saturday's game between Harvard and No. 15 Penn.
Following the game, there will be an autograph session with the Harvard players with free team photos provided.
Harvard, which is coming off a 14-7 non-conference win on the road at Quinnipiac Tuesday, hosts No. 15 Penn in an Ivy League showdown with conference postseason implications. The Crimson stands at 7-4 overall and is tied for fourth in the Ancient Eight with a 1-2 mark, while the Quakers are 5-4 and tied for second in the conference at 2-2.
GoCrimson.com will provide live video (with a subscription) for Saturday afternoon's contest. In addition, live statistics will also be available for the contest.
Harvard, which has won four of the last six meetings against Penn, leads the all-time series, 42-34-2. The Quakers downed the Crimson, 12-7, in Philadelphia last season, but Harvard has won three straight at home against Penn, dating back to the 2005 campaign.
On the Sidelines
Chris Wojcik '96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, owns a 7-4 overall record and 1-2 Ivy League mark in his first season at the helm of the Crimson. Wojcik is two wins shy of tying Irving B. Lydecker (1925-26) and John Witherspoon (1940-41) for ninth in program history with nine victories.
Wojcik, who most recently served as an assistant coach at Penn, was an assistant for five seasons with the Crimson and was an All-American in lacrosse and All-Ivy selection in both lacrosse and soccer during his playing days at Harvard.
The Crimson owns a 2-2 record against ranked opponents this spring, topping then-No. 20 Georgetown, 16-15, March 8, and then-No. 14 Massachusetts, 11-9, March 29. Harvard also fell to then-No. 5 Hofstra, 15-9, March 5, and then-No. 6 Cornell by a goal, 13-12, April 9. Harvard is 2-1 against ranked opponents at home this spring.
Stepping Up In Ivy League Play
Ryan Stevens has scored 10 goals in Ivy League play to pace the team, while Dean Gibbons is tied with Stevens for first with 10 points (3-7-10). Gabriel Mendola is 19-of-29 on faceoffs (.655), while Andrew Parchman has won 22-of-40 faceoff chances (.550). Kevin Vaughan and Daniel DiMaria lead the way with 14 ground balls apiece. In net, Harry Krieger is 1-2 with a 9.67 goals-against average and a save percentage of .532.
Harvard boasts a 5-1 record at home this season with wins over Canisius, Georgetown, Bellarmine, Holy Cross and Massachusetts. The Crimson is seeking its first conference victory at home this season and is 0-1 against Ivy League foes. Harvard is 1-1 at Harvard Stadium and 4-0 at the new Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium.
Harvard has scored 19 man-up goals out of 49 chances this season (.388). Opponents are 10-of-41 for a 24.4 percent success rate. The Crimson entered the week 12th in the country in man-down defense and 20th in man-up offense. Jeff Cohen leads the Ivy League with seven man-up goals.
With seven wins this season, Harvard has posted its most victories since going 8-5 during the 2009 campaign. If Harvard can win two more games during the regular season, the team will clinch the program's best record since going 10-3 in 1998.
Plenty of Points
Jeff Cohen has been one of Harvard's most consistent scorers in his three years in Cambridge. Cohen, who had a 34-game point streak from Feb. 28, 2009 to April 2, 2011, has amassed at least one point in 35 of 36 games during his collegiate career.
Tewaaraton Award Watch List
Dean Gibbons was recently named to the 2011 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, as he was included among a list of the best men's players in the nation. Gibbons, a co-captain of the Crimson, leads Harvard with 40 points and 19 assists and is second with 21 goals and four man-up tallies this spring.
Ivy League Title Hunt
Entering the weekend, the Crimson sits in a fourth-place tie with Brown, Dartmouth and Princeton in the Ivy League standings with a 1-2 record. Cornell is in first place with a 4-0 conference mark, while Penn and Yale stand tied for second at 2-2. If the Big Red wins one more game, it will clinch the Ivy title and host the Ivy League Tournament.
To The Nines
Harvard has won 37 of its last 46 games (.804)in which it has scored nine or more goals. The Crimson has lost 39 of its last 47 games (.170) in which it has scored fewer than nine goals.
Strength Of Schedule
Five of Harvard's 14 regular-season games are against schools ranked in this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men's Division I poll. Harvard still has No. 17 Penn (April 16) and No. 14 Yale (April 30) on the slate.
Harvard's 5-1 start this season marked the best for the program since going 5-1 to open the 2000 campaign. The Crimson has now started 5-2 in each of the last three seasons.