Men's Lacrosse Opens 2014 Season Saturday at No. 14/15 UMass
The Harvard men's lacrosse team, which is currently receiving votes in the USILA Div. I Coaches Poll, will get its 2014 season underway when it faces No. 14/15 UMass Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. in Amherst, Mass.
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In The Spotlight
Harvard will play three games at Harvard stadium in front of a national audience on ESPN3. The Crimson's games versus Dartmouth (March 22), Boston University (April 8) and Princeton (April 19) will be simulcast on ESPN3, the WatchESPN App and the Ivy League Digital Network as part of an agreement between ESPN and Harvard Athletics.
Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, all of Harvard's home games and road Ivy League contests will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch games both live and On-Demand from their computers, tablets or smart phones, and will have access to live and On-Demand content for all Harvard events throughout the duration of their subscription.
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Rank and File
Harvard began the season receiving votes in both the Warrior Div. I Media Top 20 and the USILA Div. I Coaches Poll. The Crimson is still currently receiving votes from the coaches.
Media Top 20
Strength of Schedule
Nine of Harvard's 14 2014 opponents are currently ranked or receiving votes in either the Warrior Div. I Media Top 20 or USILA Div. I Coaches Poll; Duke (2/1), North Carolina (3/3), Princeton (10/9), Albany (11/11), Yale (13/13), UMass (14/15), Cornell (16/19), Penn (18/16), Georgetown (RV/RV).
Scouting No. 14/15 UMass
The Minutemen enter Saturday's game with an unblemished 2-0 record following a 6-5 win at Army and a 12-11 overtime victory vs. No. 9/14 Ohio State at the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic in Jacksonville, Fla. Nick Mariano scored the game-winning goal with seven seconds left in the extra session against the Buckeyes.
Mariano has paced UMass with six goals on the year, including four versus Ohio State. The freshman has taken a team-high 13 shots while also collecting five ground balls. Matt Whippen, a senior, boasts four points on the young season with three goals and one assist while taking 11 shots with Jeff George, another freshman, tallying three markers.
Zach Oliveri has logged all of UMass' minutes in goal. The sophomore, who was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team last season, is sporting a 7.75 goals against average and a .568 save percentage. Senior Joe Calvello has taken all 40 of the Minutemen faceoffs, winning 25 and collecting 16 ground balls.
Inside the Series
Harvard trails UMass 13-31 in the all-time series and dropped an 8-6 decision to the Minutemen in last year's season opener in Cambridge. Alex White '13 tallied a hat trick and finished the day with four points (3g, 1a) while Harry Krieger '13 picked up the loss with 13 saves in goal. UMass received goals from six different players, including a team-high two from Matt Whippen. Zach Oliveri turned away eight shots to pick up the victory.
The Minutemen have won two straight against the Crimson following a two-game winning streak for Harvard. Saturday will mark the second straight season that the Crimson has opened its schedule versus UMass, and will mark the 44th straight season the teams have met in the series which dates back to 1970.
The Crimson will return to Cambridge to play host to Holy Cross Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the team's home opener. Faceoff is slated for 4 p.m. at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Six members of the Harvard men's lacrosse team were honored by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) with inclusion on the Preseason All-NEILA teams. Daniel Eipp, Bobby Duvnjak and Stephen Jahelka were each named to the first team, while Devin Dwyer, Brian Fischer and Jake Gambitsky were tabbed to the second team.
Additionally, Dwyer was nameed as an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America honorable mention selection.
Related Link: Six Crimson Named to Preseason All-NEILA Teams
Daniel Eipp was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Rochester Rattlers. Eipp was chosen 32nd overall by the Rattlers, joining former Harvard standouts Kevin Vaughn '12 (2012 draft 14th overall, Denver Outlaws), Daniel DiMaria '12 (2012 draft 41st overall, Charlotte Hounds), Jason Duboe '10 (2010 draft 33rd overall, Boston Cannons) and Henry Flood '07 (2007 draft 32nd overall, Washington Bayhawks) as one of five Crimson to be selected in the draft.
2014 Hat Tricks
Career Hat Tricks
Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 15-9 at home under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse. The Crimson is an even 7-7 in Harvard Stadium but boasts an 8-2 record at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.
Captaining the Ship
Seniors Joe Petrucci and Peter Schwartz were voted by their teammates as captains for the 2014 season. Petrucci, a defenseman, has started 23 of 37 games played throughout his career including 13 of 14 contests a year ago. Schwartz, an All-Ivy League and NEILA All-New England second team selection in 2013, ranked second on the team in points (34), goals (18) and assists (16) as a junior.
"I am pleased to announce Joe Petrucci and Peter Schwartz as our team captains for the 2013-2014 school year," Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, stated. "Joe and Peter are young men of high character, and they have established themselves as strong leaders over their Harvard lacrosse careers. Both seniors possess an outstanding work ethic, a commitment to success, and are respected members of the overall Harvard community."
Welcome to Cambridge
Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, has once again assembled one of the top recruiting classes in the nation with the addition of nine freshmen for the 2014 season. Harvard's Class of 2017 has been ranked as the seventh-best recruiting class by Inside Lacrosse and features four individuals ranked in the top 100.
"We are happy to welcome the class of 2017 to campus," Wojcik commented. "The class embodies high character, talent, and a strong collective work ethic. The nine young men hail from eight different states, and are a product of strong high school programs. "
Harvard has boasted a top 10 recruiting class each of the last five years, including the third-ranked classes in 2011 and 2009, and the fourth-ranked class a year ago.
At the Helm
Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, is in his fourth season at the helm of the Crimson. Wojcik has posted a 22-22 record over his first three years, including a 10-6 campaign as a rookie head coach which saw the Crimson reach the Ivy League Tournament championship game.
12 Crimson have been named All-Ivy League since Wojcik's arrival, including four members of the first team. Harvard has also seen 12 players be named to the NEILA All-New England Teams with Daniel Eipp and Devin Dwyer picking up rookie of the year honors in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Harvard has earned five victories over ranked opponents under Wojcik's guidance, four of which have come at home.
As a two-sport standout as a member of the Crimson, Wojcik earned lacrosse All-America honors in 1996 after captaining Harvard to the NCAA tournament. He led the Crimson to a 15-12 victory against Hofstra in the first round of the tournament before the team fell to Virginia in the national quarterfinals. Wojcik completed his career with 134 points on 89 goals and 45 assists, placing him first among midfielders and 15th overall all-time on the program's scoring list.
In addition to his honors on the lacrosse field, Wojcik served as captain of the Harvard soccer team, earning two All-Ivy League honors and leading the team to an Ivy League title and an NCAA tournament appearance in the fall of 1994.