Harvard Men's Lacrosse Looks to Clinch Spot in Ivy Tourney in Regular-Season Finale at No. 19/20 Yale
Paul Pate and the Crimson are tied for fourth place in the Ivy League (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's lacrosse team (6-7, 2-3 Ivy League) visits No. 19/20 Yale (8-4, 2-3) in a crucial Ivy League contest Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in New Haven, Conn.
Harvard trails the all-time series to Yale, 33-58, but the Crimson has taken three of the last four against its archrival, including a 9-5 decision at Harvard Stadium last spring.
Harvard stands tied for fourth place in the Ivy League with a 2-3 conference mark, trailing Princeton (5-0), Cornell (4-1) and Yale (3-2). Following the regular season, the top four teams in the conference will compete at the Ivy League tournament at the site of the regular season champion May 4-6. Either Cornell or Princeton will host the upcoming conference tournament, with the host being decided Saturday evening with the winner of the Cornell vs. Princeton game earning the No. 1 seed.
Jeff Cohen has scored at least one goal in all 13 games this spring and has recorded a hat trick in nine of those contests. He has moved to first in Harvard history in goals with 139 in his career, surpassing David Bohn '61 (132). Cohen has already posted a career-best with 45 goals this spring and needs 13 more tallies this season to tie the program record of 58, set by Dexter Lewis '55 and Mike Faught '78. Over the course of his career, Cohen has amassed 164 points (139-25-164), ranking him eighth 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 entered the week second in the nation in goals per game, averaging 3.46 per contest. Cohen is 11th with 4.08 points per game, while Keegan Michel stands seventh in faceoff win percentage (.619) and 24th in ground balls per game (4.75). Cohen also leads the Crimson and the Ivy League with 45 goals and 53 points.
Harvard has enjoyed the friendly confines of Cambridge Mass., under head coach Chris Wojcik. The Crimson has compiled a 10-4 record when playing on its home field under its current skipper, including a 5-2 mark this spring. In those 14 games, Harvard has outscored its opponents 170-123.
Leading the Way
With 45 goals and eight assists, Jeff Cohen paces Harvard's offense with 53 points. Daniel Eipp (24-17-41) and Kevin Vaughan (15-19-34) stand second and third, respectively, on the team in points. Keegan Michel has picked up 57 ground balls, the most on the Crimson, while Stephen Jahelka (15) and Jason Gonos (13) lead the way in caused turnovers.
Around The Ivy League
In other games involving Ancient Eight teams this weekend, Penn plays Virginia in Colorado Friday, Dartmouth visits Brown Saturday afternoon and Princeton plays host to Cornell Saturday evening.
After scoring eight goals and finishing with nine points, Jeff Cohen was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week for the second time this season April 2. Cohen scored seven of those eight goals and dished out an assist for a career-high eight points in the 11-7 win over Michigan March 31.
On April 16, Will Walker was tabbed Ivy Rookie of the Week after scoring six goals and amassing a total of seven points in two games.
The Crimson has won 180-of-310 faceoffs (.581) this spring. Keegan Michel has earned victories on 135-of-218 (.619) chances, making the freshman one of the best in the Ivy League and the country.
Crimson In the Commonwealth
Harvard will play nine games in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts this season. The Crimson currently boasts a 6-3 record in the state, with wins over Vermont (home), Holy Cross (road), Brown (home), Dartmouth (home), Michigan (home) and Quinnipiac (home).
Tewaaraton Award Watch List
Daniel DiMaria and Kevin Vaughan were named to the 2012 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, as they were included among a list of the 50 best men's players in the nation. A two-time captain of Harvard, Vaughan was selected by the Denver Outlaws in the second round with the 14th overall pick of the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.
DiMaria was chosen by the Charlotte Hounds in the sixth round with the 41st overall pick of the 2012 MLL Draft.
Five of Harvard's 14 regular-season games are against schools ranked in this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men's Division I poll. The Crimson is 0-4 against ranked teams this spring, falling to then-No. 19 Hofstra, No. 18 Georgetown, No. 14 Duke, No. 3 Massachusetts and No. 5 Cornell.
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.
Harvard has won 13 national championships in men's lacrosse, including the first two intercollegiate titles (in 1881 and 1882). Harvard has won three Ivy League championships (1964, 1980, 1990) and made five NCAA tournament appearances (1980, 1988, 1990, 1996, 2006). Eighty-five Harvard players have achieved All-America status.
Stay A While
Harvard has had just five head coaches since 1949. Bruce Munro coached the Crimson from 1949-74. Bob Scalise (now Harvard's director of athletics) took over from 1975-87, and Scott Anderson coached the Crimson from 1988-2007. John Tillman led Harvard from 2008-10, and this is the first year Chris Wojcik '96 sits at the helm of the Crimson.
In 2008 and 2009, Harvard served as a co-host, along with the ECAC, for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships. Last year's championships drew a total of 126,673 fans to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The 2010 and 2011 championships were held in Baltimore, Md., but will return to Gillette in 2012, as once again Harvard will serve as the tournament host. Harvard also hosted two games of the NCAA quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium in May 2011.
Harvard has won 140 national team championships in 18 different sports since the men's track and field team won the school's first national title in 1880. The list includes four NCAA titles (1989 men's ice hockey, 1990 women's lacrosse, 2003 women's rowing, 2006 fencing). Harvard has the largest Division I athletics program in the country with 41 varsity sports and nearly 1,500 student-athletes.