Men's Soccer to Face Columbia in Ivy League Tilt on Senior Day

Men's Soccer to Face Columbia in Ivy League Tilt on Senior Day

Harvard's five seniors have helped the Crimson reach the NCAA tournament three times and win the Ivy League title in 2009 (Harvard Athletic Communications).

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The Game:
Harvard hosts Columbia in the Crimson's final home game of the season.  
Harvard heads into the weekend tied with Dartmouth for fourth in the Ancient Eight standings with a 1-2-2 record and five points, while the Lions are tied with Yale for sixth with a 1-3-1 conference mark and four points.

Follow From Home:
Live statistics will be available for Saturday's home game.

Thank You Seniors:
Prior to the game against Columbia, Harvard will honor its five seniors: Shomesh Chaudhuri, Alex Chi, Jaren LaGreca, Robert Millock and James Pelletier.  These players have helped Harvard to 42 wins over their careers and have made three appearances in the NCAA tournament, as well as winning the Ivy League title in 2009.  During this stretch, Harvard has reached the second round of the NCAA tournament twice, as well as the Sweet 16 last year, and has posted an impressive 16-7-3 record in the Ancient Eight.

The Matchup:
Harvard and Columbia have met 60 times in the series history, which began with a 2-1 Crimson win in 1905.  Harvard owns a 35-20-5 lead against the Lions and carries a five-game winning streak in the series into Saturday.

About Harvard:
The Crimson has fallen by a score of 2-1 to its last three opponents: Boston College, Princeton and Dartmouth. Harvard carries a 2-2-1 home record into the weekend and have netted 15 goals on the season.

With four goals and an assist, Brian Rogers paces the Crimson in scoring with nine points. Scott Prozeller (3-1-7) ranks second in goals and  points, while Connor McCarthy (2-1-5) and Kyle Henderson (1-3-5) are tied for third.

Goalkeeper Austin Harms has three shutouts on the season and owns a 3-5-4 overall record. He boasts a 1.16 goals-against average and owns a .746 save percentage with 44 saves. 

About Columbia:
The Lions are 1-0-1 in their last two games after defeating Dartmouth, 2-1, Oct. 23, and tying Yale, 0-0, Oct. 30. Opponents are outscoring Columbia, 20-17, but the Lions have the edge in shots, 179-152, and are even in corner kicks, 73-73.

Columbia has five players that have scored multiple goals this fall.  Henning Sauerbier (4-2-10) leads the way in goals and points, while Bayo Adafin (3-2-8), Francois Anderson (2-4-8), David Najem (2-3-7) and Will Stamatis (2-0-4) have also been scoring threats.

In net, Alexander Aurrichio has started 13 of 14 games and stands 5-7-2 with three shuouts. He also owns a 1.38 goals-against mark and has made 47 saves, to go along with a .712 save percentage.

Defense Wins Games:
Harvard has not allowed more than two goals in a game this season. The Crimson has also earned four shutouts and owns a team goals-against average of 1.12.

Moving On Up:
With three clean sheets this season, Austin Harms now has 16 shutouts in his career, moving him closer to the program record.  Ryan Johnson '06 earned 19 shutouts in his career to hold the all-time school career mark.

Up Next:
The Crimson will close out the regular season by visiting No. 15 Penn Saturday, Nov. 13. Game time is slated for 5 p.m.