Men's Lacrosse Looks to Bolster Ivy Tournament Chances at Princeton
Junior Daniel DiMaria paces the Crimson with 47 ground balls (Gil Talbot).
Harvard visits Princeton Saturday for the final road contest of the season, as the Crimson looks to return to the win column, after dropping its last three Ivy contests. The Crimson stands at 7-5 overall and is tied for fifth in the Ancient Eight with a 1-3 mark, while the Tigers are 4-6 overall and fourth in the Ancient Eight with a 2-2 Ivy record.
Follow From Home
GoPrincetonTigers.com will provide live video (with a subscription) for Saturday afternoon's contest. The game will also be shown on Verizon Fios 1. In addition, live statistics will also be available for the contest.
Harvard and Princeton have met 77 times on the lacrosse field, with the Tigers owning a 55-21-1 advantage in the series, which began in 1881. The Crimson snapped a 19-game win streak for the Tigers last season, as Harvard knocked off Princeton, 11-8, at Harvard Stadium April 23, 2010.
On the Sidelines
Chris Wojcik '96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, owns a 7-5 overall record and 1-3 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.
Harvard Against Ranked Opponents
The Crimson owns a 2-3 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, then-No. 6 Cornell by a goal, 13-12, April 9 and then-No. 15 Penn, 7-6, in double overtime April 16. Harvard is 0-1 on the road against ranked opponents.
Stepping Up In Ivy League Play
Ryan Stevens (10-1-11) has scored 10 goals in Ivy League play to pace the team, while Dean Gibbons leads the team with 13 points (4-9-13). Gabriel Mendola is 26-of-41 on faceoffs (.634), while Andrew Parchman has won 24-of-45 faceoff chances (.511). Daniel DiMaria has picked up 17 ground balls in conference play. In net, Harry Krieger is 1-3 with an 8.73 goals-against average and a save percentage of .544.
Converting Man-Up Chances
Harvard has scored 20 man-up goals out of 51 chances this season (.392). Opponents are 11-of-45 for a 24.4 percent success rate. The Crimson entered the week 10th in the country in man-up offense and 13th in man-down defense. 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, the team will clinch the program's most wins since going 10-3 in 1998.
Harvard boasts a 5-2 record at home this season with wins over Canisius, Georgetown, Bellarmine, Holy Cross and Massachusetts. The Crimson has yet to defeat a conference opponent at home this season and is 0-2 against Ivy League foes. Harvard is 1-2 at Harvard Stadium and 4-0 at the new Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium.
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 37 games during his collegiate career.
Leading The Offense
Dean Gibbons, who was named named to the 2011 Tewaaraton Award Watch List and serves as a co-captain of the Crimson, leads Harvard with 43 points and 21 assists, and is second with 22 goals and four man-up tallies this spring.
Ivy League Title Hunt
Entering the weekend, the Crimson sits in a fifth-place tie with Brown and Dartmouth in the Ivy League standings with a 1-3 record. Cornell is in first place with a 4-0 conference mark, while Penn and Yale stand tied for second at 3-2 and Princeton is in fourth at 2-2. If the Big Red wins one more game, it will clinch the Ivy title and host the Ivy League Tournament. All seven Ivy League teams are still alive to earn a spot in postseason play.
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 40 of its last 48 games (.167) 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. 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.
It's All Over
The Crimson is 4-1 when leading after three quarters, holding off Bellarmine, Holy Cross, Brown and Quinnipiac. Harvard is 0-3 when trailing after three quarters, losing to Hofstra, Dartmouth and Albany, but is 3-1 when tied after three quarters of play with wins over Canisius, Georgetown and Massachusetts.
With 43 points this season, Dean Gibbons has surpassed the century mark in scoring for his career. He has scored 84 goals and assisted on 55 tallies for 139 points. Gibbons is 10 points away from joining Harvard's top 10 leaders for all-time scoring and needs 13 points to reach the top 10 for single-season scoring.
Jeff Cohen has also reached the century club in just his junior season. Cohen has 88 goals and 17 assists for 105 points in his career. He needs just six goals to reach the top 10 for all-time tallies in program history. Cohen leads Harvard with 25goals and is second with 27 points this season.