Men's Lacrosse Goes for Second Straight Win Saturday at No. 17/18 Albany
Coming off its first win of the year, the Harvard men's lacrosse team returns to action this weekend as it travels to Albany, N.Y. to face the No. 17/18 Great Dane. Face off is scheduled for 12 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at John Fallon Field.
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Scouting No. 17/18 Albany
Albany will carry a 0-2 record into Saturday's contest after dropping a pair of one-goal games to begin the year. The Great Dane opened at then No. 1 Syracuse with a 17-16 loss in overtime, and last week suffered a 14-13 setback in its home opener to Drexel.
Lyle Thompson has helped Albany's offense average 14.5 goals per game, the seventh best total in the NCAA entering the week. L. Thompson has totaled 12 points with two goals and 10 assists, and ranks No. 1 in the country with 5.0 assists per game and 6.0 points per game. Miles Thompson has added nine points with five goals and four assists, while Ty Thompson has chipped in six goals.
Blaze Riordan has played every minute in goal for the Great Dane and is allowing 15.44 goals per game with a .475 save percentage. Kevin McNally and Connor Russell have split time at the X, with McNally winning 12-of-37 faceoffs and Russell taking 12-of-30.
Inside the Series
Harvard is 0-2 all-time against Albany including a 16-7 defeat last year. Lyle Thompson totaled eight points (4g, 4a) in the victory to help lead the Great Dane, as Murphy Vandervelde registered his first career hat trick with three goals. The two teams met for the first time in 2011 with Albany earning a 12-11 win.
The Crimson will return to Cambridge to play host to Quinnipiac Tuesday, March 4. The game will be streamed live online through the Ivy League Digital Network with first faceoff from Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium scheduled for 4 p.m.
Burns found the back of the net four times for his first career hat trick, and added one assist to finish the day with five total points. Walker, meanwhile, converted three of his four shots to register the first three-goal performance of his career and added one assist. A total of 10 Crimson scored at least one goal in the victory with nine recording multiple points, including Sean Mahon (1g, 2a) and Peter Schwartz (1g, 2a) who tallied three points apiece.
Jake Gambitsky saw the bulk of the minutes in goal, making 10 saves and coming away with two ground balls to pick up his first win of the year as Harvard improved to 1-1. Bobby Duvnjak caused two turnovers to help anchor the defensive effort.
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
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Sophomores Deke Burns and Will Walker had breakout performances against Holy Cross as each turned in their first career hat trick. Burns totaled five points with four goals and one assist, with Walker registering four points on three goals and one assist. Burns entered the season having scored just five career points (1g, 4a) while Walker contributed 21 points (15g, 6a) as a freshman.
Harvard's sophomore class has accounted for 61 percent of the Crimson's offense this season. The group has totaled 22 of the team's 36 points, led by Deke Burns (4g, 1a), Sean Mahon (1g, 3a) and Will Walker (3g, 1a).
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).
Point Scoring Streaks
Points During Streak
2014 Hat Tricks
Career Hat Tricks
Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 16-9 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 a 9-2 record at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.
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.
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.