No. 15/15 Harvard Men's Lacrosse Looks to Continue Strong Start, Welcomes No. 20 Hofstra Saturday
Eric Slingerland picked up three ground balls and assisted on a goal in the 14-9 victory over Holy Cross Tuesday (Gil Talbot).
No. 15/15 Harvard looks to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2002, as the Crimson welcomes No. 20 Hofstra (1-2) to the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium Saturday afternoon. Saturday's game will be the final Harvard home game played at this venue before moving into Harvard Stadium for the remainder of the Crimson's 2012 home contests.
Jeff Cohen tallied five goals, firing 11 shots on target, and Daniel Eipp recorded his second straight hat trick, while also handing out three assists for six points, as the Crimson earned a 14-9 win on the road at Holy Cross Tuesday. Goalie Harry Krieger recorded eight saves, while Keegan Michel won 10-of-19 faceoffs and scored two goals.
Home, Sweet Home
Over the last two seasons, Harvard owns a 7-2 record at home, including a 5-0 mark at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. The Crimson stands at 1-0 at this venue in 2012, having defeated Vermont by a score of 11-4 in the season opener Feb. 25.
Scouting The Crimson
After two games, Daniel Eipp paces Harvard in scoring with nine points (6-3-9), while Jeff Cohen leads the Crimson with seven goals. Keegan Michel has collected 10 ground balls, while winning 18-of-31 faceoff attempts.
In net, Harry Krieger stands at 2-0, with a 5.75 goals-against average. He has made 15 saves and boasts a save percentage of .577. Harvard has outscored opponents, 25-13, and owns the edge in ground balls, 68-62. The Crimson has converted 2-of-10 man-up opportunities, with Eipp and Michel each tallying a man-up score. Harvard has been successful on 32-of-36 clear attempts (.889), while winning 25-of-46 faceoffs (.543).
Scouting the Pride
Hofstra enters the weekend with a 1-2 record after falling at home in triple overtime, 10-9, to Fairfield Tuesday evening. Goalie Andrew Gvozden recorded 17 saves, while Adrian Sorichetti scored three times on 10 shots.
Lance Yapor (8-1-9) and Sorichetti (6-0-6) are Hofstra's two leading scorers after three games. John Antoniades has won 26-of-53 faceoffs, while collecting 10 ground balls. Gvozden has recorded 35 saves and boasts a 9.80 goals-against average.
Harvard and Hofstra have met 18 times, with the Pride owning a slight 9-8-1 edge in the all-time series which began in 1951. Hofstra has won seven of the last eight meetings, including three straight. Last season, the Pride emerged with a 15-9 victory on Long Island.
In the 11-4 win over Vermont last week, Harvard did not allow a score by the Catamounts from the 3:23 mark in the first quarter to the 8:06 mark in the fourth stanza. In addition, the Crimson held Vermont without a shot in the entire second quarter.
Moving On Up
With his seven goals, including five in the win over Holy Cross, Jeff Cohen has moved to sixth on Harvard's all-time goals list with 101 tallies. He trails Jamie Ames '95 (102) by one goal and is four goals behind David Kramer '90 (105). Cohen has amassed 118 points in his career (101-17-118).