Men’s Lacrosse Returns Home for Mid-Week Matchup Against Quinnipiac
The Crimson will look to defend its home field advantage Tuesday versus the Bobcats (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's lacrosse team returns home for a mid-week matchup against Quinnipiac Tuesday, March 4 at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. Face off is slated for 4 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Bobcats carry a 1-1 record into Tuesday's meeting after most recently posting a 16-9 win over Providence Saturday. Nine different players got on the scoreboard against the Friars highlighted by a six-goal, two-assist performance from senior Dylan Webster while classmate goalie Gill Conners turned away 19 attempts.
Leading the Quinnipiac attack is Webster who has found the back of the net seven times and passed out two assists. Junior Michael Sagl has added three goals and four handouts for seven points while sophomore Ryan Keenan has notched four points (3g, 1a). Freshman Zach Vehar has a team best 16 ground balls and has won 27-of-47 face offs.
Conners has started every game in goal for the Bobcats and holds a 7.60 goals against average and a .686 save percentage.
Quinnipiac is averaging 11.00 goals per game and has won 58.0 percent of face offs. The Bobcats are 3-of-8 in man advantage situations and have turned the ball over 32 times this season. The defense, meanwhile, has allowed 11.00 goals per contest and caused 17 turnovers.
Inside the Series
Harvard is undefeated in five meetings all-time against Quinnipiac. The Crimson downed the Bobcats 18-8 last season in Hamden, Conn., behind a six-point effort from Devin Dwyer (2g, 4 a). Deke Burns added four points (1g, 3a) as 13 Crimson found the back of the net. Harry Krieger '13, meanwhile, made seven saves in 45:07 in goal to record the win. Throughout the series, Harvard has outscored Quinnipiac, 68-26, including back-to-back 18 goal games in the last two meetings.
Harvard travels to Washington, D.C., for a weekend showdown at Georgetown, Saturday, March 8 at 12 pm.
Last Time Out
Harvard staked itself to an early lead, but could not keep pace with No. 17/18 Albany as the Great Danes rallied for a 14-8 victory Saturday afternoon.
Will Walker and Brendan Newman scored two goals apiece to pace the Harvard attack, while Sean McDonagh and Carl Zimmerman each added a goal and an assist. Jake Gambitsky played all 60 minutes in goal and registered eight saves against an Albany team which entered the game averaging 14.5 goals per game.
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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Sophomores Deke Burns and Will Walker had breakout performances against Holy Cross as each turned in their first career hat tricks. 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 28 of the team's 46 points, led by Will Walker (5g, 1a), Deke Burns (4g, 1a), Brendan Newman (4g, 1a) and Sean McDonagh (2g, 3a).
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 an 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.