Home Field Finale for Men's Soccer Against Holy Cross Tuesday

Home Field Finale for Men's Soccer Against Holy Cross Tuesday

Harvard will wrap up its 2012 home schedule Tuesday against Holy Cross (Photo Courtesy: Justine Agaloos).

The Particulars
The Harvard men's soccer wraps up its 2012 home and non-conference schedule when it hosts local foe Holy Cross in a 7 p.m. contest Tuesday night. The game is rescheduled from Oct. 30, and was moved from Worcester to Cambridge.

Series History
The Crimson has been dominant in the all-time series with the Crusaders, holding an 11-1-2 record in 14 career matchups. The first game between the two teams was played in 1992 in Worcester, with the Crimson pulling off a 2-0 shutout victory. In fact, seven of Harvard's 11 victories over Holy Cross have been shutouts. Harvard is 4-0-1 and has outscored Holy Cross 12-3 in the last five meetings, including a 1-0 Crimson victory in their most recent meeting; Oct. 6, 2010 in Worcester.

Last Time Out
Harvard recognized its four-player senior class in its final Ivy home game of the season Saturday, but a first half strike by Columbia pushed the Lions past the Crimson by a 1-0 final. Columbia's Quentin Grigsby took advantage of a long throw in by Frederick Elliot, heading the throw into the back of the Harvard net at the 36:59 mark of the first period. The Crimson upped the pressure in the second half, firing nine shots to Columbia's three, but was unable to find the equalizer in the 1-0 defeat.

About the Crimson
Nine different players have logged a point for the Crimson this season with senior forward Zack Wolfenzon leading the pack with seven points on three goals and one assist. Freshman forwards Jake Freeman and Oliver White have also chipped in three goals each for the Crimson this season, while sophomore Hiroki Kobayashi has two on the year. Sophomores David Barna and Matt Sheeleigh share the team lead in assists with two each this season.

Evan Mendez has been the go-to goalie for Harvard this year, seeing action in 10 games and starting nine. The first-year player boasts a 1.78 goals-against average and has made 41 saves on the season.

Scouting the Crusaders
Despite a tough start to the season, Holy Cross has helped its record with a string of late-season wins, entering the Harvard contest with a record of 5-9-2 on the year. October saw Holy Cross go 3-1-2, including a conference victory over Navy and non-conference wins over Bryant and New Hampshire. In its last game, Holy Cross was unable to find the back of the net, dropping a key conference matchup to American, 1-0.

Josh Cintas has been the offensive catalyst for Holy Cross this season, leading the team with 13 points and six goals. Monty Sanders is tied for second on the team with eight points (three goals, two assists) and Tommy Uttaro and Kevin O'Connell share the team lead with four helpers each on the year. Kevin Wright has seen the majority of the action in goal for Holy Cross, bringing a 1.28 goals against average and 42 saves into the Harvard matchup.

Up Next
The Crimson wraps up its 2012 campaign Saturday when it takes on Penn in Philadelphia in a 7 p.m. contest.