No. 17 Men's Lacrosse Welcomes Boston University to Harvard Stadium Tuesday
Harvard is 4-0 at home in 2014 (Gil Talbot).
The No. 17 Harvard men's lacrosse team will look to stay hot as it hosts Boston University Tuesday, April 8 at Harvard Stadium. The game will be simulcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network with first faceoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
Both Harvard and Boston University will be wearing One Fund socks when the teams square off, helping to honor the victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombings. For more information on The One Fund or how you can help, please visit OneFundBoston.org.
Rank and File
Harvard has entered the USILA Div. I Coaches Poll at No. 17 and is listed as receiving votes in the Warrior Div. I Media Top 20. The Crimson last appeared in the media poll the week of Feb. 26, 2012 when the media had the squad at No. 15, and in the coaches poll the week of March 5, 2012 when the coaches had the squad ranked No. 20.
Where We Stand
Harvard has taken over sole possession of first place in the Ivy League standings with an unblemished 3-0 record. Cornell is a half-game behind the Crimson at 3-1, with Yale and Penn tied for third at 2-2. Brown and Princeton are still alive for a spot in the Ivy League Tournament and are tied for fifth at 1-2.
Harvard has games remaining against Penn, Princeton and Yale, and can clinch a berth in the conference tournament with one win.
Scouting Boston University
The Terriers are in the midst of their first season as a varsity program and own a 1-9 overall record, 1-5 in the Patriot League. BU's first win came at Lafayette, 12-7, on March 15.
BU features a balanced attack with six individuals having scored at least 10 points. Adam Schaal leads the way with nine goals and eight assists, with Cal Dearth chipping in six goals and 10 assists.
Sam Talkow has been a force at the X, winning 59.8 percent (110-184) of the faceoffs he has taken. Christian Carson has started all 10 games in goal, meanwhile, and sports a 10.21 goals against average with a .531 save percentage.
Inside the Series
Today's game will mark the first time the Crimson and Terriers have squared off as varsity programs. Harvard is 3-0 all-time against BU, but the last meeting between the teams took place in 1934 with BU competing as a club program.
Harvard returns to conference play this weekend as it travels to Philadelphia to take on Penn Saturday, April 12. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's lacrosse team scored six goals in the third quarter to pull away for a 14-9 win at No. 2/2 Cornell Saturday afternoon and take sole possession of first place in the Ivy League.
Will Walker and Carl Zimmerman each tallied two goals during the run after the teams were deadlocked at halftime, 6-6. Walker finished the day with four goals and one assist to match his career-high of five points, with Deke Burns also matching his personal best of five points on three goals and two assists. Devin Dwyer added one goal and three assists.
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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Players of the Week
Goalkeeper Jake Gambitsky was named Ivy League Player of the Week March 10 after leading Harvard to a 2-0 week with 30 saves between the pipes. The junior turned away 12 shots en route to a 10-8 victory over Quinnipiac to open the week, then registered 18 stops in the team's 15-7 win at Georgetown, marking the most saves by a member of the Crimson since Harry Krieger '13 made 19 on March 29, 2011 against UMass.
Gabriel Mendola picked up his first career Ivy League Player of the Week honor April 7 following his dominating performance at the faceoff X against then-No. 2/2 Cornell. Mendola went a career-high 20-of-26 at the X while collecting 10 ground balls, helping the Crimson control possession it a 14-9 upset victory over the Big Red.
Against the Odds
Harvard knocked off then No. 2/2 Cornell on April 5, 14-9, marking the highest ranked opponent the Crimson has ever beaten and the sixth win versus a ranked opponent under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Lacrosse.
Shutting Them Down
Harvard's defensive unit held Cornell to just nine goals in the team's upset victory, marking the first time since March 23, 2013 that the Big Red had scored fewer than 10 goals. Cornell's dynamic trio of Dan Lintner, Connor Buczek and Matt Donovan, who entered the game ranked third, 12th and 35th in the nation in goals per game, combined to score just one goal on eight shots.
Light Up The Scoreboard
Harvard ranks 14th in the nation in scoring offense with an average of 12.10 goals per game. The Crimson owns the nation's longest double-digit scoring streak, having notched at least 10 goals in seven straight games, and has done so a total of eight times this year.
Cornell previously had scored in double-digits in 20 straight games dating back to March 23, 2013, before Harvard put an end to that streak to take the top spot on the list.
Finding the Back of the Net
Will Walker has scored 13 goals over the Crimson's last three games, including a career-high five against Dartmouth. Walker's five goals versus the Big Green were the most by a member of the Crimson since Jeff Cohen '12 tallied seven against Michigan on March 31, 2012. Walker's team-leading 26 goals scored on the year, meanwhile, are also the most for the Crimson since Cohen tallied 48 in 2012.
Devin Dwyer returned to the Crimson lineup at Georgetown after missing the team's first four games. In his first outing Dwyer set a career-high with five assists, and totaled five points on three goals and two assists in his second contest against Brown. The Crimson's leading scorer in 2013 as a freshman, Dwyer ranks third on the team with 26 points (6g, 20a) despite playing in just six games.
At the X
Gabriel Mendola had a career day at the faceoff X against Cornell, winning 20-of-26 faceoffs while collecting 10 ground balls. Mendola has won 55.8 percent (82-142) of the faceoffs he has taken this season, and boasts a career win percentage of 56.3.
Harvard's sophomore class has accounted for 61 percent of the Crimson's offense this season. The group has totaled 122 of the team's 199 points, led by Will Walker (26g, 3a), Devin Dwyer (6g, 20a), Deke Burns (10g, 4a), Sean Mahon (8g, 6a) and Ian Ardrey (8g, 4a).
Turning Them Away
Jake Gambitsky has been solid in goal for the Crimson, allowing 10.33 goals per game while posting a .505 save percentage. Gambitsky has recorded double-digit saves in six of Harvard's 10 contests this season, and has set a career high with six wins between the pipes.
Sophomores Deke Burns and Will Walker had breakout performances against Holy Cross as each turned in a 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.
Point Scoring Streaks
Points During Streak
2014 Hat Tricks
Career Hat Tricks
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 the USILA Div. I Coaches Poll; Duke (2/2), North Carolina (4/4), Cornell (6/6), Penn (11/11), Yale (13/13), UMass (16/14), Princeton (17/15) and Albany (RV/RV).
Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 19-9 at home under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse. The Crimson is 8-7 in Harvard Stadium, and boasts an 11-2 record at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.