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Men's Lacrosse Opens Ivy League Play Saturday at Brown

Harvard will look for its third straight win over Brown on Saturday (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard men's lacrosse team will open Ivy League play this weekend as it travels to Brown Saturday, March 16 for a 7 p.m. meeting under the lights at Cliff Stevenson Field.

A live video stream will be available during Saturday's game through BrownBears.com by clicking here.

Last Time Out
Harry Krieger made 12 saves, including five in a flawless fourth quarter, to backstop the Harvard men's lacrosse team to a back-and-forth 8-6 win against Georgetown Saturday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Daniel Eipp scored to break a 5-5 tie in the third quarter and put Harvard ahead to stay. The junior previously set up the tying goal by Ryan Stevens and finished with three assists and a game-high four points. Peter Schwartz logged two goals and an assist for the Crimson, while Carl Zimmerman also scored twice.

Behind two goals each from Brian Casey and Reilly O'Connor, the Hoyas led three times. O'Connor's second tally brought Georgetown within a goal at 7-6 heading into the fourth quarter. Georgetown then outshot Harvard by a 9-6 margin in the final period, but Krieger would not yield a tying goal and Schwartz gave the Crimson a two-goal cushion in the final four minutes.

Scouting Brown
Brown is currently receiving votes in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Div. I Coaches Poll. The Bears have won three straight games to improve to 3-1 overall, including a 17-9 victory over St. Joseph's this past Saturday.

Brown will enter play Saturday with one of the top rated defenses in the country. The Bears are ranked fifth in the NCAA in scoring defense (7.5), sixth in scoring margin (+4.25) and are 22nd in caused turnovers per game (8.0). On offense, Brown is averaging 11.75 gpg, the 13th best total in the nation, while winning 44.0 percent of face offs.

Sam Hurster has registered 14 points to lead the Bears attack with 11 goals and three assists. Henry Blynn has added six goals and five assists for 11 points while Nick Piroli has contributed three goals and six assists for nine points. Tommy Capone has taken the bulk of the face offs for Brown and has won 34-of-71 (47.9%).

Jack Kelly boasts the sixth best goals against average in the country at 7.16 and has a save percentage of 56.6 percent. Same Ford and Capone are collecting 4.75 ground balls and 4.5 ground balls per game, respectively, while Clay Del Prince has forced 1.5 turnovers per game.

Inside the Series
Harvard owns a 40-29 advantage in its all-time series with Brown which dates back to 1925. The Crimson and Bears have met each season since 1962 with Harvard winning the last two outings. The Crimson needed overtime to get the victory last season, as Jeff Cohen '12 found the back of the net for the game winner in the extra session, 10-9.

Up Next
Harvard will be back in action Tuesday, March 19 as it hosts Bryant at 7 p.m. at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Player of the Week
Goalkeeper Harry Krieger has been named the NEILA Player of the Week after recording 12 saves in Harvard's 8-6 win over Georgetown on Saturday. Krieger turned away five shots in a clean fourth quarter to preserve the victory after allowing just two goals in the first half. This marks the third NEILA Player of the Week honor of Krieger's career and the first for the Crimson since Daniel Eipp took home the honor on March 27 of last season.

Young Gun
Freshman Devin Dwyer has been in the starting lineup for each of the Crimson's games this season and currently leads the team in points with 12 (5g, 7a). Dwyer turned in a season-high six points in the team's win over Holy Cross with two goals and four assists, and added three points at Hofstra (2g, 1a).

Dwyer currently ranks fifth in the Ivy League and 25th in the NCAA in assists per game at 1.75.

Getting Defensive
Freshmen Robert Duvnjak has started three games for the Crimson on defense and ranks second in the NCAA with 3.33 caused turnovers per game. Duvnjak made his collegiate debut against UMass and registered four caused turnovers, then added four more as Harvard defeated Georgetown.

Duvnjak's 10 caused turnovers are eight more than any other member of the Crimson while his eight ground balls ranks second on the team.

White Hot
Senior Alex White registered a hat trick in each of the Crimson's first two games and is currently second on the team lead with 10 points (7g, 3a) from the midfield. White entered the season with 31 career points (19g, 12a) after having played in 41 of Harvard's 42 games over the previous three seasons.

Sharing the Wealth
12 different members of the Crimson have combined to score 35 goals this season. Alex White leads the way with seven scores on the year, while Daniel Eipp has added six. Devin Dwyer and Peter Schwartz have each added five.

Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 13-5 at home under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse. This includes a 6-3 mark in Harvard Stadium and a 7-2 record at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Hats Off

Name
Daniel Eipp
Ryan Stevens
Alex White
Peter Schwartz

2013 Hat Tricks
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Career Hat Tricks
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CLASS Act
Jason Gonos has been named as one of 20 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Gonos has anchored Harvard's defensive unit for the last three years, but even more impressive than his play on the field has been his work within the community. In November, he organized the Crimson's involvement in Lacrosse Mustache Madness which raised $6,979 for the HEADstrong Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer. Gonos has also spent time working with Happy Helpers for the Homeless in his home state of Maryland, helping to feed and clothe the homeless in Glen Burnie, Md.

To read Gonos' full Senior CLASS Award bio, click here.

In the Spotlight
The Crimson will play twice in front of a national television audience in 2013 beginning with its March 30 meeting with Duke. The game, which will be aired live on NBC Sports Network, will be played under the lights of Harvard Stadium at 7 p.m. The Crimson will also be featured on ESPNU when it takes the field at Princeton Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m.

Watch Live Online
Harvard has announced that for the first time ever, each of the Crimson's nine home games will be available either through live or on-demand streaming. Eight of the nine will streamed live through GoCrimson.com while the Crimson's nationally televised matchup with No. 13/14 Duke will be available for on-demand viewing shortly after its completion.

A full season pass can be purchased for $59.95 while single event subscriptions will be offered for $9.95. The full season pass will give fans access to each of the eight games streamed live as well as access to the on-demand archive for all nine home contests.

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