No. 17 Men's Lacrosse Set to Face No. 15 Penn in Ivy Semifinal Friday

No. 17 Men's Lacrosse Set to Face No. 15 Penn in Ivy Semifinal Friday

Kevin Vaughan and the Crimson are the No. 3 seed in the Ivy League tournament (Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
No. 17 Harvard makes its first appearance in the Ivy League tournament, as the Crimson faces No. 15 Penn for the second time in less than three weeks. The Crimson finished tied for third in the Ivy League at 3-3, while the Quakers own the second seed in the conference tournament after going 4-2 in Ancient Eight games. Cornell (6-0 Ivy) will serve as the host of the tournament as the No. 1 seed and will face No. 4 seed Yale (3-3) in the other Ivy semifinal.

Harvard is 1-2 against the Ivy League tournament field, defeating Yale, but falling to Cornell and Penn.

Follow From Home will broadcast the game live, with Rob Simelkjaer (play-by-play) and Jamie Munro (color) having the call. In addition, live statistics will also be available for the contest. 

Harvard vs. Penn (Last Meeting)
The Quakers emerged with a 7-6 victory in double overtime over the Crimson at Harvard Stadium April 16. The Crimson netted two goals in the final 1:51 of regulation to tie it, but Penn's Drew Belinsky tallied the game-winner with 30 seconds left in the second overtime. Kevin Vaughan scored twice and Harry Krieger recorded 10 saves for the Crimson, while Belinsky and Morgan Griff tallied two goals apiece and goalie Brian Feeney made nine stops in net for Penn.

Series History
Harvard, which has won four of the last seven meetings against Penn, leads the all-time series, 42-34-2.
Harvard In The Postseason
The Crimson is looking to earn its first berth in the NCAA tournament since 2006. Harvard has qualified for the NCAA postseason five times, reaching the quarterfinals in 1990 and 1996. The Crimson is 2-5 all-time in the NCAA postseason and its game against Penn Friday will be the first for Harvard in the Ivy League tournament.

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

Stepping Up In Ivy League Play
Ryan Stevens (10-2-12) scored 10 goals in Ivy League play to pace the team, while Dean Gibbons led the team with 23 points (9-14-23). Gabriel Mendola is 32-of-54 on faceoffs (.593), while Kevin Vaughan has collected 23 ground balls. In net, Harry Krieger posted a 3-3 mark with an 8.00 goals-against average and a save percentage of .602.

Getting A Lead
Harvard is 5-0 when scoring first this season. The Crimson has found the back of the net first and won against Canisius, Holy Cross, Brown, Quinnipiac and Yale.

They're Honored
Dean Gibbons (A) and Kevin Vaughan (M) earned All-Ivy League first-team accolades, with Gibbons being named to the squad unanimously. Daniel Eipp (A) and Paul Pate garned All-Ivy honorable mention.

On The Sideline
Chris Wojcik '96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, owns a 9-5 overall record and 3-3 Ivy League mark in his first season at the helm of the Crimson. Wojcik is three wins shy of tying Robert Madduz (1947-48) for eighth in program history with 12 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. 

Converting Man-Up Chances
Harvard has scored 20 man-up goals out of 55 chances this season (.364). Opponents are 11-of-47 for a 23.4 percent success rate. The Crimson entered the week 11th in the country in man-down defense and 15th in man-up offense. Jeff Cohen leads the Ivy League with seven man-up goals.

Winning Mark
With nine wins this season, Harvard has posted its most victories since going 11-3 during the 1998 campaign. 

Home Cooking
Harvard boasted a 6-2 record at home this season with wins over Canisius, Georgetown, Bellarmine, Holy Cross, Massachusetts and Yale. The Crimson went 1-2 against Ivy League foes at home this season. Harvard was 2-2 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 37 of 39 games during his collegiate career. Dean Gibbons is currently riding a 27-game point streak since May 2, 2009, and has amassed 96 points during that stretch (56-40-96). 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 to the 2011 Tewaaraton Award Watch List and serves as a co-captain of the Crimson, leads Harvard with 53 points and 26 assists, and is second with 27 goals and four man-up tallies this spring. Gibbons needs three points to reach the top 10 for single-season scoring in program history.

To The Nines
Harvard has won 39 of its last 48 games (.813)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. 

Strength Of Schedule
Five of Harvard's 15 games have been against schools ranked in this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men's Division I poll (No. 2 Cornell, No. 7 Hofstra, No. 14 Penn, No. 15 Massachusetts and No. 19 Yale).

Fast Start
Harvard's 5-1 start this season marked the best for the program since going 5-1 to open the 2000 campaign. The Crimson has now started 5-2 in each of the last three seasons.

It's All Over
The Crimson is 6-1 when leading after three quarters, holding off Bellarmine, Holy Cross, Brown, Quinnipiac, Princeton and Yale. Harvard is 0-3 when trailing after three quarters, losing to Hofstra, Dartmouth and Albany, but is 3-1 when tied after three quarters of play with wins over Canisius, Georgetown and Massachusetts.

Century Club
With 53 points this season, Dean Gibbons has surpassed the century mark in scoring for his career. He has scored 89 goals and assisted on 60 tallies for 149 points, which ties him for 10th in school history with Mike Faught '79. Gibbons needs just four points to tie Jim Bevilacqua '89 (153).

Jeff Cohen has also reached the century club in just his junior season. Cohen has 91 goals and 17 assists for 108 points in his career. He needs just three goals to reach the top 10 for all-time tallies in program history. Cohen leads Harvard with 28goals and is second with 30 points this season.

Leading at the Half
Harvard boasts a perfect 6-0 record when owning a lead at halftime this season. The Crimson took leads into the break and held on for wins against Canisius, Georgetown, Bellarmine, Quinnipiac, Princeton and Yale.