The Harvard men's lacrosse class of 2012 (Harvard Athletic Communications).
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The Harvard men's lacrosse team stands at 6-6 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League and will host No. 13/14 Princeton (8-3, 4-0) Saturday afternoon in the final home game of the regular season. The game will be held at 1 p.m. at Harvard Stadium.
Harvard sits in fourth place in the Ancient Eight with two games remaining, as the Crimson looks to inch closer to clinching a spot in the Ivy League tournament.
Harvard trails the all-time series to Princeton, 55-22-1. After dropping 19 straight to the Tigers from 1991-2009, the Crimson has downed Princeton in each of the last two years, including a 9-8 win in Princeton, N.J., last season.
Thank You, Seniors!
Harvard would like to thank the Class of 2012: Christian Coates, Jeff Cohen, Daniel DiMaria, Tommy Hoyos, Andrew Pataki, Paul Pate, Peter Procida, Evan Roth, Mark Scalise, Kevin Vaughan and Terry White. Harvard has won 30 games over the last four seasons, including a victory at Duke and two wins over Princeton.
Down The Stretch
Harvard stands at fourth place in the Ivy League with a 2-2 conference mark, trailing Cornell (4-0), Princeton (4-0) and Yale (3-2). Following the regular season, the top four teams in the conference will compete at the Ivy League tournament at the site of the regular season champion May 4-6. Either Cornell or Princeton will host the upcoming conference tournament.
The Crimson, which visits Yale April 28, is looking to grab the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament. Harvard can clinch a spot in the Ivy League tournament by winning one of its final two games.
Jeff Cohen has scored at least one goal in all 12 games this fall and has recorded a hat trick in nine of those contests. He has moved to first in Harvard history in goals with 138 in his career, surpassing David Bohn '61 (132). Cohen has already posted a career-best with 44 goals this spring and needs 14 more tallies this season to tie the program record of 58, set by Dexter Lewis '55 and Mike Faught '78. Over the course of his career, Cohen has amassed 163 points (138-25-163), ranking him eighth in the Harvard record books.
Senior Jeff Cohen continues to be an offensive threat for the Crimson and ranks with the nation's elite. Cohen entered the week second in the nation in goals per game, averaging 3.67 per contest. Cohen is sixth with 4.33 points per game, while Keegan Michel stands 12th in faceoff win percentage (.609). Cohen also leads the Crimson and the Ivy League with 44 goals and 52 points.
Home is Where the Wins Are
Harvard has enjoyed the friendly confines of Cambridge Mass., under head coach Chris Wojcik. The Crimson has compiled a 10-3 record when playing on its home field under its current skipper, including a 5-1 mark this spring. In those 13 games, Harvard has outscored its opponents 165-111.
Leading the Way
With 44 goals and eight assists, Jeff Cohen paces Harvard's offense with 52 points. Daniel Eipp (23-16-39) and Kevin Vaughan (14-18-32) stand second and third, respectively, on the team in points. Keegan Michel has picked up 53 ground balls, the most on the Crimson, while Stephen Jahelka and Jason Gonos have 14 caused turnovers apiece.
Around The Ivy League
In other games involving Ancient Eight teams this weekend, Yale hosts Bryant Friday evening in a non-conference game, while Penn visits Dartmouth and Cornell plays host to Brown.
After scoring eight goals and finishing with nine points, Jeff Cohen was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week for the second time this season April 2. Cohen scored seven of those eight goals and dished out an assist for a career-high eight points in the 11-7 win over Michigan March 31.
The Crimson has won 164-of-289 faceoffs (.567) this spring. Keegan Michel has earned victories on 123-of-202 (.609) chances, making the freshman one of the best in the Ivy League and the country.
Crimson In the Commonwealth
Harvard will play nine games in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts this season. The Crimson currently boasts a 6-2 record in the state, with wins over Vermont (home), Holy Cross (road), Brown (home), Dartmouth (home), Michigan (home) and Quinnipiac (home).
Tewaaraton Award Watch List
Daniel DiMaria and Kevin Vaughan were named to the 2012 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, as they were included among a list of the 50 best men's players in the nation. A two-time captain of Harvard, Vaughan was selected by the Denver Outlaws in the second round with the 14th overall pick of the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.
DiMaria was chosen by the Charlotte Hounds in the sixth round with the 41st overall pick of the 2012 MLL Draft.
Four of Harvard's 14 regular-season games are against schools ranked in this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men's Division I poll. The Crimson is 0-4 against ranked teams this spring, falling to then-No. 19 Hofstra, No. 18 Georgetown, No. 14 Duke, No. 3 Massachusetts and No. 5 Cornell.
In Harvard's 15-10 conference win over Dartmouth March 24, the Crimson tallied four goals within a 45-second span of the third quarter. Harvard, which enjoyed a one-minute non-releasable man-up opportunity against the Big Green, netted goals at 9:41 (Jeff Cohen), 9:16 (Cohen), 9:03 (Daniel Eipp) and 8:56 (Kevin Vaughan). The first three of those tallies were man-up scores.
Harvard has won 13 national championships in men's lacrosse, including the first two intercollegiate titles (in 1881 and 1882). Harvard has won three Ivy League championships (1964, 1980, 1990) and made five NCAA tournament appearances (1980, 1988, 1990, 1996, 2006). Eighty-five Harvard players have achieved All-America status.
Harvard has had just five head coaches since 1949. Bruce Munro coached the Crimson from 1949-74. Bob Scalise (now Harvard's director of athletics) took over from 1975-87, and Scott Anderson coached the Crimson from 1988-2007. John Tillman led Harvard from 2008-10, and this is the first year Chris Wojcik '96 sits at the helm of the Crimson.
In 2008 and 2009, Harvard served as a co-host, along with the ECAC, for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships. Last year's championships drew a total of 126,673 fans to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The 2010 and 2011 championships were held in Baltimore, Md., but will return to Gillette in 2012, as once again Harvard will serve as the tournament host. Harvard also hosted two games of the NCAA quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium in May 2011.
Harvard has won 140 national team championships in 18 different sports since the men's track and field team won the school's first national title in 1880. The list includes four NCAA titles (1989 men's ice hockey, 1990 women's lacrosse, 2003 women's rowing, 2006 fencing). Harvard has the largest Division I athletics program in the country with 41 varsity sports and nearly 1,500 student-athletes.