Harvard Men's Lacrosse Set to Visit No. 2/3 Massachusetts Tuesday Evening
John Rose and the Crimson have rattled off two straight victories (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's lacrosse team, which enters the week 4-3 overall, visits undefeated No. 2/3 Massachusetts (7-0) Tuesday evening in a key non-conference game. The Crimson has won two straight games, is 2-3 in non-conference contests this spring, and is 1-2 in road matchups.
Harvard and Massachusetts have met 42 times, with the Minutemen owning a 29-13 lead in the all-time series that began with a 12-6 victory for the Crimson in 1970. Harvard and UMass have met each year since, and the Crimson has taken three of the last four meetings between the schools, including an 11-9 decision at Harvard Stadium last year and a 14-13 win in Amherst back in 2010.
Strong Ivy Start
For the first time since 1998, Harvard is off to a 2-0 start in conference play, as the Crimson have opened the Ivy League portion of its schedule with wins over Brown (10-9 in overtime) and Dartmouth (15-10).
Jeff Cohen has scored at least two goals in all seven games this fall and has recorded a hat trick in six straight games. He has also tallied five goals in each of his last three games, moving to fourth in Harvard history in goals with 122 in his career. Cohen posted a career-best with 34 goals as a freshman in 2009 and has already notched 28 goals this spring. Over the course of his career, Cohen has amassed 142 points (122-20-142), good for 12th in the Harvard record books.
One of the Nation's Best
Senior Jeff Cohen continues to be an offensive threat for the Crimson and ranks with the nation's elite. Cohen is tied for first in the nation in goals per game, averaging 4.0 per contest. Cohen also leads the Crimson and the Ivy League with 28 goals and 31 points.
Home is Where the Wins Are
Harvard has enjoyed the friendly confines of Cambridge Mass., under head coach Chris Wojcik. The Crimson has compiled an 8-3 record when playing on its home field under its current skipper, including 3-1 this spring. In those 11 games, Harvard has outscored its opponents 136-100.
In Harvard's 15-10 conference win over Dartmouth March 24, the Crimson tallied four goals within a 45-second span of the third quarter. Harvard, which enjoyed a one-minute non-releasable man-up opportunity against the Big Green, netted goals at 9:41 (Jeff Cohen), 9:16 (Cohen), 9:03 (Daniel Eipp) and 8:56 (Kevin Vaughan). The first three of those tallies were man-up scores.
Leading the Way
With 28 goals and three assists, Jeff Cohen paces Harvard's offense with 31 points. Daniel Eipp (16-12-28) has dished out a Crimson-best 12 assists, while Kevin Vaughan (10-10-20) stands third on the team in points. Keegan Michel has picked up 35 ground balls, the most on the Crimson, while Stephen Jahelka has a team-best six caused turnovers.
Around The Ivy League
Harvard sits in a first-place tie in the Ivy League with Cornell (2-0) and Princeton (2-0). Cornell boasts the conference's best overall record at 6-1 and is ranked No. 3/4 in the national polls.
In other games involving Ancient Eight teams this week, Brown vists Duke Tuesday night and hosts Princeton Saturday, Yale welcomes Penn and Dartmouth hosts Cornell. The Crimson will also return home to face Michigan Saturday afternoon.
After scoring a total of 10 goals, including five against Duke March 10 and five against Brown March 17, Jeff Cohen was tabbed the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week March 19. Cohen was also selected as the Inside Lacrosse Nike National Player of the Week and the COOP Athlete of the Week.
Junior Harry Krieger is ranked ninth nationally in goals against average with a 7.44 mark. Harvard as a team is ranked 16th in the NCAA in scoring defense only allowing 8.5 goals per game. Freshman goalie Jake Gambitsky is allowing 9.86 goals per game in his first two starts.
The Crimson has won 93-of-160 faceoffs (.581) this spring. Keegan Michel has earned victories on 80-of-127 (.630 faceoffs), which ranks him fifth in the nation. As a team, Harvard stands ninth in faceoff win percentage (.581).