The Crimson looks to regain the top spot in the Ivy League this weekend. (Penny Ashford)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's soccer team looks to regain control atop the Ivy League standings this weekend as the Crimson treks north to Hanover, New Hampshire, to take on league front-runner Dartmouth on Saturday. Both Harvard and Dartmouth own identical 9-4-1 overall records, but the Big Green has gone 3-1-0 against Ancient Eight opponents, just ahead of the Crimson at 2-1-1.
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The State of the League
During its nine-game unbeaten streak, the Crimson found itself with a hold of the top spot in the Ivy League standings, but after a draw with Brown (1-1) and a defeat at the hands of Princeton (3-2), Harvard finds itself in a three-way tie in second place behind Dartmouth with nine points. With seven points, the Crimson is tied with Princeton and Penn during a crucial weekend. The Tigers take on Cornell, while the Quakers host Brown.
The Crimson has found its stride again as the Ivy League's best offense. Through 14 games, Harvard Has amassed 28 goals good enough for two per outing. The 89 total points the Crimson has put up is the most among the Ancient Eight and is No. 7 in the entire country, averaging 6.36 points per contest. The 33 helpers Harvard players have dished out is good for eighth in the land.
Twelve different players have found the back of the net this season, led by Tim Schmoll's four tallies. After Philip Fleischman registered two goals in the 2-0 victory over Stony Brook on Tuesday, a total of six Crimson have registered at least three goals on the year, including Mark Ashby (3g), Kyle Henderson (3g, 1a), Hiroki Kobayashi (3g, 3a) and Daniel Smith (3g, 1a).
A trio of rookies along the Harvard midfield line has spurred the surge in assists this season. Nate Devine and Christian Sady each own five helpers apiece, followed closely by Sam Brown's four. Eleven other Crimson have lended helping hand this season to get to the Ivy League-best 33 assists.
In net, Evan Mendez has been a stalwart for Harvard all season. The junior has made 13 starts, allowing just 17 goals (1.31 GAA), while turning aside 17 shots (.685). Classmate Joe Festa has served admirably between the posts as well, picking up the start and the victory versus Stony Brook this Tuesday. He has made four saves on the year without allowing a score in 120 minutes of action.
The Big Green is the Ivy League's second-best offensive team behind Harvard as far as shots, points and goals and assists are concerned. Dartmouth has the league's best RPI this season due to its tough strength of schedule, including trips to Notre Dame and Indiana to start the 2014 campaign. Recently, the Big Green finished off Columbia in overtime, 1-0, and Boston college in Chestnut Hill, 1-0, after falling to Boston University, 3-1, and Penn, 2-1, the week prior.
Alex Adelabu's 15 points (6g, 3a) puts him in the team lead and has him sitting fourth in the Ivy rankings in points and third in goals. Both Robin Alnas and Matt Danilack have found the back of the net three times, while Hugh Danilack owns a team-best four assists.
Stefan Cleveland has a minute 0.97 GAA, letting through just 10 goals in 11 starts, while making 23 saves to pick up a 7-3-1 record on the year.
After its bout with Dartmouth, Harvard returns home for Senior Day on Nov. 8 against Columbia, before closing out the regular season at Penn on Nov. 15.