No. 8 Harvard Readies for Mid-Week Non-Conference Matchup Against Holy Cross
Pictured: Freshman Scott Prozeller and the Crimson own a 3-0
record at Ohiri Field this fall.
Photo courtesy: Dave Silverman
Rogers Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week
Harvard, which owns a 7-1 record, is off to the program’s best start since the 1996 season when the Crimson opened the year 16-1.
Follow From Home:
Once again, live statistics will be available for all Harvard home games and most road contests this season.
Last Time Out:
The team is coming off a dramatic, 1-0, double overtime victory at archrival Yale Saturday. Brian Rogers netted the game’s only goal against the Bulldogs, as he found the back of the net for the golden goal at 102:53. Austin Harms earned his fourth shutout of the season in the victory.
Today’s game marks the 13th contest in the series between Harvard and Holy Cross. The Crimson owns a 9-1-2 series record and has a 2-0-1 mark in the last three games between the two Massachusetts schools. Last year on Oct. 21, 2008, Harvard picked up a 3-0 shutout at Holy Cross. Harms made one save for the blank sheet, while Andre Akpan had two goals and an asisst, while Michael Fucito ’09 chipped in with a goal.
The Crimson, which owns a 3-0 record at Ohiri Field this fall, is riding a nine-game win streak at home, dating back to last season. Harvard it outscoring opponents by a wide margin this season, 17-3, and has earned 46 corner kicks, compared to 33 by its opponents.
Andre Akpan (six goals, five assists) and Brian Rogers (five goals, three assists) are first and second on the team in scoring with 17 and 13 points, respectively. Desmond Mitchell (two goals, two assists) and Jamie Rees (two goals) have also netted multiple goals this season. Rogers paces the team with three game-winning tallies.
In goal, Austin Harms has allowed only three goals in eight games and owns a 7-1-0 record. He has earned four clean sheets and sports a 0.38 goals-against average, as well as a save percentage of .880.
About Holy Cross:
The Crusaders are riding a two-game win streak into the contest against the Crimson. Holy Cross has been outscored, 9-6, this fall, including 2-0 in overtime.
Shane Regan leads the team with two goals and four points and has tallied two of the team’s three game-winning goals. Jon Werth netted Holy Cross’s other game-winning tally. Between the pipes, Thomas Booth stands at 3-6 with two shutouts, a 0.96 goals-against average and a save percentage of .820.
With only 7:07 remaining in double overtime at archrival Yale Saturday evening, Brian Rogers lifted Harvard to a 1-0 victory with a golden goal, the first overtime tally of his career. Rogers was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season for his effort against Yale.
Defense Wins Games:
Harvard has allowed only three goals this season. The team is sporting a 0.38 goals-against average and has surrendered only one tally in the first half of games.
The Crimson returns to Ivy League play at Cornell Saturday. The team will then visit Connecticut in a key non-conference matchup Tuesday, Oct. 14 before hosting Brown Saturday, Oct. 17.