No. 14/15 Harvard Men's Lacrosse Hosts Vermont in Season Opener Saturday

No. 14/15 Harvard Men's Lacrosse Hosts Vermont in Season Opener Saturday

Terry White and the Crimson finished 10-6 last season (Gil Talbot).

Story Line
No. 14/15 Harvard opens the 2012 season by hosting Vermont at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Crimson will play seven home games this spring and posted a 10-6 overall record last season. The Catamounts are 0-1 after opening the season with a 10-6 loss at Colgate Feb. 18.

Series History
Harvard boasts an 11-1 edge in the all-time series against Vermont. The teams, which met annually between 1988-1999, have not played since the 1999 season, a 7-6 win for the Crimson on the road. Harvard is enjoying an eight-game win streak against Vermont, dating back to 1992. 

Scouting The Crimson
Harvard boasted a 6-2 record at home last season and won 10 games for the first time since 1998. The Crimson also advanced to the Ivy League tournament final for the first time in program history. Harvard went 7-3 in non-conference games and was a perfect 5-0 at home against non-Ivy opponents.  The Crimson was 4-0 at the Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium in 2012, the first year of competition at the venue.

Harvard returns three of its top four scorers from last season: Jeff Cohen (31-2-33), Kevin Vaughan (19-8-27) and Daniel Eipp (16-8-24). In net, Harry Krieger is back after starting all 16 games last spring. Krieger boasted a 10-6 record, to go along with 173 saves, a .539 save percentage and a 9.38 goals-against average.

Daniel DiMaria paced the Crimson with 56 ground balls last season, while Gabriel Mendola won 75-of-128 faceoff attempts (.586). Harvard outscored teams, 174-151, and enjoyed an advantage in faceoff victories, 204-178.

Scouting the Catamounts
Vermont fell on the road at No. 19 Colgate by a score of 10-6 Feb. 18. The Catamounts were outshot, 47-23, and Colgate won 16-of-20 faceoffs. Dan Gutberlet led the Catamounts with two points (1-1-2), as six different players found the back of the net.

Goalie David Barton recorded 13 saves in a losing effort. Barton, Andrew Muscara and Michael Connors each collected three ground balls.

On The Sideline
Chris Wojcik '96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, returns for his second season with the Crimson. He guided the team to a 3-3 Ivy record, as well as a 10-6 overall mark in his first year at the helm.

Senior Leadership
Harvard will have three senior captains this season: Kevin Vaughan, Paul Pate and Terry White. Vaughan also served as a co-captain during his junior year last spring. 

Moving On Up
Entering his senior season, Jeff Cohen ranks tied for 10th in the Harvard record books with 94 career goals. Cohen needs two more scores to tie Grady Watts '62 for ninth with 96 tallies. Cohen has amassed 111 points in his career (94-17-111). 

Crimson in MLL Draft
Last month, Kevin Vaughan and Daniel DiMaria were selected in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. Vaughan was chosen in the second round with the 14th overall pick by the Denver Outlaws, while DiMaria was taken in the sixth round with the 41st overall pick by the Charltte Hounds.