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34 - Gabriel Mendola
Gabriel Mendola
Height: 6-1
Weight: 212
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Ithaca, N.Y.
High School: Ithaca
Position: Midfielder

2011 (Freshman):
Played in 14 games ... Won 75-of-128 faceoffs (.586) and grabbed 34 ground balls ... Collected three ground balls and won six faceoffs versus No. 20 Georgetown (March 8) ... Earned 10 faceoff wins and picked up five ground balls against Bellarmine (March 11) ... Won 7-of-10 faceoffs and collected two ground balls in win at Brown (March 19) ... Won four faceoffs and collected a ground ball in win over No. 14 Massachusetts (March 29) ... Had eight faceoff victories out of 10 chances and picked up seven ground balls at Albany (April 2) ... Won 10-of-17 faceoffs and had three ground balls against No. 6 Cornell (April 9) ... Had six faceoff wins on nine attempts and collected three ground balls in win at Quinnipiac (April 12) ... Scooped up seven ground balls, went 8-of-12 on faceoff chances and caused two turnovers against No. 15 Penn (April 16) ... Won six-of-nine faceoffs and had two ground balls in victory at Princeton (April 23) ... Claimed one faceoff win and collected a ground ball against No. 2 Cornell in Ivy tournament final (May 8).

Before Harvard:
Was a four-year starter in lacrosse at midfield and three-year starter in hockey at defense at Ithaca High School … Captained lacrosse and hockey squads as a senior … Named the No. 92 incoming freshman by Inside Lacrosse ... Two-time All-New York State Public High School Association honoree in lacrosse … Earned Faceoff Man of the Year honors, as well as all-tournament honors in 2008 … Won 84 percent of faceoffs as a senior … Wendy’s Heisman Award recipient … Academic All-American … Three-time all-conference selection in hockey and was a member of the squad’s state championship team in 2007 … Earned Princeton Book Award.

Personal:
Part of the Vitamin L Project since 2003 … Recipient of the Distinguished Youth Award in 2009 and has been honored by President Barack Obama and Governor Davis Paterson (N.Y.) for volunteer work … Enjoys playing the trumpet, listening to classic rock, cycling and politics … Great great grandfather, Chester W. Culver, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1899 … Great grandfather, William C. Culver, graduated from Harvard in 1926 … Grandfather, John C. Culver, is a member of the Harvard Football Hall of Fame and was a member of the team from 1951-53, before graduating in  1954 and earning his law degree from Harvard  in 1962 … Mother, Christina Culver, graduated from the Harvard Divinity School in 1993 after being a pentathlon athlete as an undergraduate at Hamilton College … Aunt, Rebecca Culver, won an NCAA national championship as a member of the Texas swimming and diving team … Grandmother, Ann Cooper Culver, won the 1956 women’s senior indoor national diving championship and was an Olympic trials finalist, as well as a speedskating national and North American champion in 1953.