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No. 17 Men's Lacrosse Heads to Philadelphia for Ivy Contest at Penn; Game to Be Broadcast on Comcast Sportsnet

Pictured: Kevin Vaughan is tied for third on the Crimson with 12 goals.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot

Complete Game Notes (pdf)
Live Statistics
Ivy League Standings
Purchase Tickets to Ivy League Championship
Vote Jason Duboe for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

The Particulars
The 17th-ranked Crimson looks to rebound from two straight losses as Harvard visits Penn in an Ivy League showdown Saturday at 1 p.m.

With three conference games remaining, Harvard boasts a 5-4 overall record and stands at 1-2 in the Ancient Eight, while Penn is 4-7 and 0-4 in Ivy League play.  

Follow From Home
Live statistics will be available for Saturday's game at GoCrimson.com.  The game will be broadcast live on Comcast Sportsnet in New England, as well as the Comcast Network in Philadelphia and the Baltimore/Washington D.C. areas. No video streaming will be available for the contest.

Series History
Harvard owns a 42-33-2 lead in the all-time series against Penn, which began in 1900.  The Crimson has won four of the last five meetings, including an 11-4 victory at Harvard Stadium on March 21, 2009.  Terry White, Jeff Cohen and Jason Duboe each netted two goals in the win, while Joe Pike '09 earned the win, making four saves.

Last Time Out
Jeff Cohen scored four times and added an assist, while Dean Gibbons found the back of the net twice and dished out two helpers, but the Crimson fell at No. 10 Cornell, 13-12, April 10. Between the pipes, Harry Krieger recorded 14 saves, while Alex White grabbed five ground balls and scored once.

When The Game Is On the Line
Terry White, Kevin Vaughan, Jack Doyle and Christian Oberbeck and Dean Gibbons have notched Harvard's game-winning tallies.

Score Early
The Crimson boasts a 4-1 record when the team nets the game's first goal.  

On the Sidelines
John Tillman, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, is in his third season at the helm of the Crimson.  He owns an 19-17 record during his stint at Harvard and has helped the Crimson reach as high as No. 11 in the national polls, coming during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Scoring Streak
Jeff Cohen has earned at least one point in all 22 games during his career, dating back to his first game in a Crimson uniform last season.  During the scoring streak, which ranks tied for 18th longest in the nation, the sophomore attacker has amassed 58 goals and handed out 13 assists for 71 points, the most of any Harvard player during this stretch.

Pacing The Ivy League
Dean Gibbons is third in the conference with 3.78 points per game, while Jeff Cohen ranks tied for third  in the Ancient Eight with 2.67 goals per game.  Harvard stands second with 11.44 goals per game.

Duboe Is All Class
Senior midfielder Jason Duboe has named a finalist for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.  Duboe is among 20 candidates for the award for displaying both on-field and off-field excellence. Fans can vote for Duboe at SeniorCLASSAward.com.  To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, character, community and competition.

Defense Wins Games
Harvard is outscoring other teams in every quarter except the first (24-35).

Strength Of Schedule
Seven of Harvard's 12 regular-season games are against schools ranked in this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men's Division I poll.  The Crimson is currently 1-4 against ranked opponents after beating No. 18 Massachusetts, 14-13, March 13, and falling at No. 14 Georgetown, 13-12, March 3, No.17 Brown, 13-11, March 20, No. 7 Duke, 14-5, April 2 and No. 10 Cornell, 13-12, April 10.

Possession Is The Name Of The Game
Harvard has won 126-of-228 faceoffs (.553), with 61 of those victories credited to Andrew Parchman. The Crimson has collected a total of 245 ground balls and has been successful on 148-of-191 clear attempts (.775). Jeff Molinari paces the Crimson with 29 ground balls.  Harvard is 4-0 when it picks up more ground balls than opponents.

Crimson Among The Nation's Best
Entering the week, Harvard ranked 10th in the country in man-up offense (.457), 13th with 11.44 goals scored per game and 14th with a faceoff win percentage of .553.  Jeff Cohen was 16th with 2.67 goals per contest, while Dean Gibbons appeared 18th with 3.78 points per contest.

Leading the Way
Dean Gibbons paces the Crimson with 34 points on 21 goals and 13 assists, while Jeff Cohen is second with 24 goals and six assists for 30 points.  Cohen has netted five man-up goals, the most on the team, while Gibbons has four and Travis Burr, Alex White and Jack Doyle each have scored twice on man-up situations.

To The Nines
Harvard has won 36 of its last 46 games in which it has scored nine or more goals. The Crimson has lost 39 of its last 47 games in which it has scored fewer than nine goals.

Bay State Champion
With its 14-13 win at UMass, Harvard has defeated the two other Division I lacrosse programs in Massachusetts.  The Crimson also earned a 9-7 win at Holy Cross March 6.

Welcome To The Show
Head coach John Tillman welcomed the third best recruiting class in the nation to Cambridge this year, according to the InsideLacrosse incoming class rankings. The class ranked first in the Ivy League and included six players listed in the publication's Power 100 newcomers from around the country.

Non-Conference Opponents
Harvard owns a 4-2 record against non-conference opponents this spring.  The Crimson has earned wins over Canisius, Holy Cross, Massachusetts and Colgate.

Ivy League Tournament Coming in 2010
Beginning this season, the Ivy League will hold four-team tournaments to decide the conference's automatic qualifying institutions to the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Lacrosse Championships.  Each tournament will include the top four teams in Ivy League regular season round-robin competition and will be hosted by the round-robin winner.  

The winners of the Ivy League championship will continue to be determined by results of the conference's round-robin competitions during the regular season.

Fans can purchase tickets to the Ivy League Championship.

Pedigree
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-three Harvard players have achieved All-America status.

Stay A While
Harvard has had just four 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.  This is the third season under current head coach John Tillman.

Well Attended
Harvard served as a co-host for the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships.  The 2010 and 2011 championships will be held in Baltimore, Md., but will return to Gillette in 2012, as Harvard will again serve as the tournament host.  The Crimson will also host the 2011 NCAA quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium.

Championship Tradition
Harvard has won 139 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.