No. 11 Men's Lacrosse Travels to No. 14 Georgetown for Midweek Tilt

No. 11 Men's Lacrosse Travels to No. 14 Georgetown for Midweek Tilt

Pictured: Freshman Jeff Molinari had two assists and five ground balls in the Crimson's 16-6 win over Canisius Feb. 27.
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot Photography

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The Particulars
After winning its season opener in impressive fashion, the 11th-ranked Harvard men’s lacrosse team visits No. 14 Georgetown in a key non-conference matchup, Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Crimson is 1-0 on the year after defeating Canisius, 16-6, while the Hoyas are 0-1 after falling to No. 7 Maryland, 15-13.

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Series History
Harvard and Georgetown have met once, a 9-8 win in overtime by the Hoyas last season on March 25, 2009. Dean Gibbons and Travis Burr each netted two goals in the loss for Harvard.

National Recognition
Harvard is ranked 11th in the Nike/InsideLacrosse poll, 12th in LaxNews poll and appears 15th in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association ranking.

On the Sidelines
John Tillman, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse, is in his third season at the helm of the Crimson. He owns a 15-13 record during his stint at Harvard and has helped the Crimson reach as high as No. 11 in the national polls, coming during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

To The Nines
Harvard has won 32 of its last 39 games in which it has scored nine or more goals. The Crimson has lost 38 of its last 46 games in which it has scored fewer than nine goals.

Last Time Out
Harvard earned a 16-6 victory over Canisius in the season opener Feb. 27. Dean Gibbons tied a career-high with five goals, while Jeff Cohen added a hat trick. In net, Christian Coates had a career-best 11 saves to pick up the win.

It’s All Over
The Crimson was 8-0 when leading after three quarters in 2009 after holding off Duke, Stony
Brook, Hartford, Penn, Presbyterian, Holy Cross, Yale and Dartmouth in the fourth quarter. Harvard is 1-0 in that category this spring.

Strength Of Schedule

Six of Harvard’s 12 regular-season games are against schools ranked in this week’s Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men’s Division I poll. The Crimson was 1-4 against ranked teams this season, defeating No. 7 Duke, 9-6, on Feb. 22, 2009.

Road Trip
Harvard will play six games away from home this spring. The Crimson will visit Georgetown March 3, Holy Cross March 6, Massachusetts March 13, Cornell April 10, Penn April 17 and Yale May 1. The Crimson stood at 3-3 in road contests in 2009.

Duboe Is All Class
Senior midfielder Jason Duboe has named a candidate for the prestigious Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Duboe is among 20 candidates for the award for displaying both on-field and off-field excellence. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, character, community and competition.

Welcome To The Show

Head coach John Tillman welcomed the third best recruiting class in the nation to Cambridge this year, according to the InsideLacrosse incoming class rankings. The class ranked first in the Ivy League and included six players listed in the publication’s Power 100 newcomers from around the country.

Starting Fast
In each of the first two seasons with John Tillman on the sideline, Harvard has started the year with a 4-1 record.

It’s Good To Be Home
Harvard will play six games at home this season, including at least four at Harvard Stadium (Brown March 20, Dartmouth March 27, Duke April 2 and Princeton April 24). The Crimson, which was 4-2 at home last season, is 1-0 on home turf this spring.

Preseason Prognostication
Harvard was selected to finish third in the Ivy League in the Inside Lacrosse preseason conference poll. Senior defender Billy Geist, a co-captain of the Crimson, and senior midfielder Jason Duboe were named to the publication’s preseason All-America honorable mention team, while Duboe also earned a spot on the Inside Lacrosse preseason All-Ivy League first team.

Leading the Way
Last season, attacker Jeff Cohen, now a sophomore, paced the Crimson with 41 points on 34 goals and seven assists. Junior attacker Dean Gibbons ranked second with 21 goals and 27 points, while senior attacker Travis Burr (16-3-19) and senior midfielder Jason Duboe (11-8-19) tied for third with 19 points apiece.

Around The Country
A year ago, the Crimson boasted the country’s third best scoring defense, allowing only 6.69 goals per game. John Tillman’s squad also ranked third in man-down defense (.810, 34 of 42), fifth in scoring margin (+3.985), 15th in scoring offense (10.54 goals per game) and 15th in man-up offense (.389, 14 of 36).

When The Game Is On the Line ...
Jeff Cohen and Dean Gibbons tied for the team lead with three game-winning tallies apiece during the 2009 season.