The Harvard men's lacrosse team will play its second game in four days when it opens its home schedule on Tuesday, Feb. 25, against Holy Cross at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. First faceoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's lacrosse team played right with No. 14/15 UMass through nearly three quarters on Saturday, but the Minutemen took hold of the game late to spoil the Crimson's season opener, 8-4.
Peter Schwartz registered three points with two goals and one assist to lead the Harvard attack while Brendan Newman and Ian Ardrey provided one goal apiece. Sean Mahon and Sean McDonagh were each credited with an assist.
The Crimson defense held UMass in check for most of the game, allowing just three Minutemen goals through 42 minutes of play. Jake Gambitsky finished the afternoon with 11 saves against the eight goals allowed, with Eric Slingerland's five ground balls pacing the defensive unit. Jack Breit, Bobby Duvnjak, Stephen Jahelka and Brian O'Toole each forced one turnover.
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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Strength of Schedule
Eight 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 (1/1), North Caroline (3/2), Princeton (9/10), Albany (17/18), Yale (12/12), UMass (13/13), Cornell (15/16), Penn (20/20).
Scouting Holy Cross
The Crusaders carry an 0-2 record into Tuesday's meeting after dropping a 15-13 contest at St. John's and falling to Loyola Maryland, 16-4, in their Patriot League opener.
Holy Cross is averaging 8.5 goals per game and has won 40.7 percent of face offs. The Crusaders are just 2-of-8 in man advantage situations and have turned the ball over 20 times this season.
Sean Wilkinson has seven points on the year with a team-best five goals and two assists. Terry McKenna and Marc Buermann have scored three goals with McKenna also adding two assists. The defense is led by Ben Williams who boasts six ground balls. Michael Ortlieb has started both games in goal for the Crusaders and has posted a 16.4 goals against average with a .348 save percentage. Williams has won 21-of-46 face offs taken.
Inside the Series
Harvard is 30-0 all-time against Holy Cross and 17-0 when playing at home. Tuesday's meeting will mark the 14th consecutive year that the teams have met, including a 16-12 victory for the Crimson last season in Cambridge. Nine different Crimson scored a goal, led by hat tricks from Peter Schwartz and Alex White '13. Harry Krieger '13 turned away 11 shots in goal.
Harvard will head back out on the road this weekend to face Albany Saturday, March 1 at 12 p.m.
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.