Men's Lacrosse Looks to Stay Perfect at Home Tuesday Against Holy Cross

Men's Lacrosse Looks to Stay Perfect at Home Tuesday Against Holy Cross

Jeff Cohen is on a 29-game scoring streak which ranks seventh in the nation among active players (Gil Talbot).

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Harvard puts its 3-0 home record on the line as it welcomes Holy Cross to Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium Tuesday afternoon. The game marks Harvard's fourth home contest in its first five games of the season.

Last Time Out
The Crimson used an 8-1 second-period scoring advantage to take down Bellarmine, 21-10, Friday night in Cambridge. Rookie Daniel Eipp led the Crimson with four goals on the night while Dean Gibbons had an eight-point night, posting three goals and dishing out eight helpers.   

Scouting The Crimson
The Crimson have come out firing early so far this season, outshooting opponents 74-24 in the first period and outscoring them, 16-12. Harvard has fired 200 shots to its opponents' 128 this year and has a 55-47 goals edge as a result. The Crimson has also converted 70 of 84 clear attempts (.833) and nine of 22 man-up opportunities (.409).

Gibbons leads the Crimson in scoring this season, holding team-high totals in points (17), goals (11) and assists (6). Jeff Cohen is next on the list with 10 points on nine goals and one helper and Eipp (6-3-9), Kevin Vaughan (6-3-9) and Alex White (4-5-9) all have nine points on the season.
Scouting The Crusaders
Holy Cross comes to Harvard in search of its first win, holding an 0-5 record so far this season. The Crusaders dropped a 13-3 decision at Colgate in their last game and fell to Ivy foe Dartmouth, 16-7, the game before.

James Kennedy leads the Crusaders with 12 points on the season and also has a team-best eight assists to go along with four goals this year. John Hannan's 10 goals is the highest total on the team and Matt Boylan has collected nine points (5-4-9) on the year. Holy Cross has converted 75 of 98 clear attempts (.765) this season and also has three man-up goals in 23 opportunities.

Series History
Harvard has never lost to Holy Cross, holding a perfect 27-0 record against the Crusaders since their first meeting in 1958. Last season, the Crusaders played one of their closest contests with the Crimson in series history, falling, 9-7, at home March 6.

High-Scoring Harvard
Through four games this season, Harvard ranks second in the Ivy League in goals per game and assists per game. The Crimson is averaging 13.75 gpg, second to Yale's 16.00, and is dishing out 7.50 apg behind Yale's 8.25.

Home Turf
Harvard has yet to lose a game at its newest venue, the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium. Today's game represents the last game the Crimson will play at the venue as the rest of Harvard's home games will be played in Harvard Stadium.

Helping Out Early
Four freshmen have tallied goals for the Crimson so far this season. Eipp leads all rookies with six goals on the year while Eric Slingerland has two and Garrett Campbell and Carl Zimmerman have one each.

Plenty of Points
Junior Jeff Cohen has been one of Harvard's most consistent scorers in his three years in Cambridge. Cohen is currently on a 29-game point-scoring streak which began Feb. 28, 2009. That streak ranks seventh in the nation among active point-scoring streaks and Cohen has collected 88 points (72-16-88) in that stretch.