Men's Lacrosse Hosts No. 14 Yale on Senior Day, Looks to Earn Berth in Ivy Tournament

Men's Lacrosse Hosts No. 14 Yale on Senior Day, Looks to Earn Berth in Ivy Tournament

The Harvard men's lacrosse class of 2011 has won 28 games during its time in Cambridge (Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
Harvard, which owns a 5-2 record at home this season, hosts archrival No. 14 Yale on Senior Day at Harvard Stadium. The Crimson stands at 8-5 overall and is tied for fourth in the Ivy League at 2-3, while Yale is third with a 3-2 conference mark and boasts a 10-2 overall record.

Follow From Home will provide live video (with a subscription) for Saturday afternoon's contest. In addition, live statistics will also be available for the contest. 

Series History
Harvard trails the all-time series against Yale, 58-32, but the Crimson has claimed wins in five of the last seven meetings. Last season, Yale emerged with a 9-8 victory in New Haven, Conn., on May 1, 2010.

On the Sidelines
Chris Wojcik '96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, owns an 8-5 overall record and 2-3 Ivy League mark in his first season at the helm of the Crimson. Wojcik is one win shy of tying Irving B. Lydecker (1925-26) and John Witherspoon (1940-41) for ninth in program history with nine victories.

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.

Thank You Seniors
Harvard would like to thank the Class of 2011: Noor Beckwith, Francis Ellis, Dean Gibbons, Greg Gilroy, Matt Hull, Andrew Parchman and Sam Steyer. Harvard has won 28 games over the last four seasons, including a victory at Duke and two wins over Princeton.

Ivy League Tournament Race
Harvard can clinch a spot in the Ivy League tournament with any of the following scenarios:
- Defeating Yale would make Harvard the No. 3 seed
- Harvard would be the No. 4 seed if the Crimson, Princeton and Brown finish at 2-4
- Harvard could also enter the field as the No. 4 seed with a 2-4 record and tied with Princeton and Dartmouth if the Crimson wins a random draw conducted by the Ivy League on Saturday at 5 p.m. 

The Ivy League tournament will be held in Ithaca, N.Y., May 6-8.

Harvard Against Ranked Opponents
The Crimson owns a 2-3 record against ranked opponents this spring, topping then-No. 20 Georgetown, 16-15, March 8 and then-No. 14 Massachusetts, 11-9, March 29. Harvard also fell to then-No. 5 Hofstra, 15-9, March 5, then-No. 6 Cornell by a goal, 13-12, April 9 and then-No. 15 Penn, 7-6, in double overtime April 16. Harvard is 0-1 on the road against ranked opponents, but is 2-2 at home, including 1-2 at Harvard Stadium.

Stepping Up In Ivy League Play
Ryan Stevens (10-2-12) has scored 10 goals in Ivy League play to pace the team, while Dean Gibbons leads the team with 19 points (7-12-19). Gabriel Mendola is 32-of-50 on faceoffs (.640), while Daniel DiMaria and Kevin Vaughan have picked up 18 ground balls apiece in conference play. In net, Harry Krieger is 2-3 with an 8.59 goals-against average and a save percentage of .569.

Getting A Lead
Harvard is 4-0 when scoring first this season. The Crimson has found the back of the net first and won against Canisius, Holy Cross, Brown and Quinnipiac.

Converting Man-Up Chances
Harvard has scored 20 man-up goals out of 52 chances this season (.385). Opponents are 11-of-47 for a 23.4 percent success rate. The Crimson entered the week ninth in the country in man-down defense and 11th in man-up offense. Jeff Cohen leads the Ivy League with seven man-up goals.

Winning Mark
With eight wins this season, Harvard has posted its most victories since going 8-5 during the 2009 campaign. With one more victory, the team will clinch the program's most wins since going 11-3 in 1998.

Home Cooking
Harvard boasts a 5-2 record at home this season with wins over Canisius, Georgetown, Bellarmine, Holy Cross and Massachusetts. The Crimson is 0-2 against Ivy League foes at home this season. Harvard is 1-2 at Harvard Stadium and 4-0 at the new Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium.

Plenty of Points
Jeff Cohen has been one of Harvard's most consistent scorers in his three years in Cambridge. Cohen, who had a 34-game point streak from Feb. 28, 2009 to April 2, 2011, has amassed at least one point in 36 of 38 games during his collegiate career. Dean Gibbons is currently riding a 26-game point streak since May 2, 2009, and has amassed 92 points during that stretch (54-38-92). Gibbons collected a point in every game during the 2010 campaign and every contest so far in 2011.

Leading The Offense
Dean Gibbons, who was named named to the 2011 Tewaaraton Award Watch List and serves as a co-captain of the Crimson, leads Harvard with 49 points and 24 assists, and is second with 25 goals and four man-up tallies this spring.

To The Nines
Harvard has won 38 of its last 47 games (.809)in which it has scored nine or more goals. The Crimson has lost 40 of its last 48 games (.167) in which it has scored fewer than nine goals.