Men's Lacrosse Opens 2011 Season by Hosting Canisius Saturday Afternoon

Men's Lacrosse Opens 2011 Season by Hosting Canisius Saturday Afternoon

Harvard will play eight home games during the 2011 season (Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
The Harvard men's lacrosse team hosts Canisius in the Crimson's season opener at the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium. The Crimson completed the 2010 season with a 6-6 overall mark, while the Griffs went 6-7 last spring.

Free Admission
Saturday's game will be free to all fans.

Follow From Home
Live statistics will be available for Saturday's home opener.

Series History
Harvard and Canisius have met once, a 16-6 victory for the Crimson in the 2010 season opener. Dean Gibbons netted five goals, while Jeff Cohen added a hat trick and Christian Coates made 11 saves between the pipes for Harvard.
On The Sidelines
Chris Wojcik '96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, enters his first season at the helm of the Crimson. Wojcik, who most recently served as an assistant coach at Penn, was an assistant for five seasons with the Crimson and was an All-American in lacrosse and All-Ivy selection in both lacrosse and soccer during his playing days at Harvard.

Welcome To The Show
Head coach Chris Wojcik welcomed the ninth best recruiting class in the nation to Cambridge this year, according to the Inside Lacrosse incoming class rankings. The class ranked second in the Ivy League and included four players listed in the publication's Power 100 newcomers from around the country.

Leading The Way
Senior attackman Dean Gibbons and junior attackman Kevin Vaughan will serve as co-captains of the Crimson for the 2011 campaign. Gibbons, a two-time All-Ivy pick, led Harvard with 41 points and 14 assists last year, while Vaughan ranked third on the team with 15 goals and 23 points.

Scouting Harvard
The Crimson was selected to finish sixth in the Ivy League in the Inside Lacrosse preseason conference poll.  Dean Gibbons and junior midfielder Terry White garnered Inside Lacrosse preseason All-America honors and joined junior defenseman Daniel DiMaria and freshman midfielder John Rose on the NEILA preseason squad.

Last season, attackman Jeff Cohen paced the Crimson with 29 goals, while Alex White collected a team-best 35 ground balls. Harvard returns its top four point scorers from last year (Cohen, Gibbons, Kevin Vaughan and Terry White). In net, goalkeeper Harry Krieger made 100 saves and owned a 10.75 goals-against average and a .495 save percentage.

Scouting Canisius
The Griffs dropped their season opener, falling on the road at Bucknell, 17-2, Feb. 19. Mike Rautenstrauch and Jimmy Haney tallied a goal apiece for Canisius, while Justin Maderer won 6-of-14 faceoffs. Goalkeeper Sean Callahan recorded six stops, but Bucknell owned a sizable advantage in ground balls, 36-22, and shots, 42-16. Bucknell also scored eight goals in the second quarter and forced 24 Canisius turnovers.