Men's Lacrosse Heads to Long Island to Face No. 5 Hofstra Saturday
Jeff Cohen has registered at least one point in the last 26 games, the ninth longest streak in the country (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's lacrosse team faces its first ranked opponent of the season, as the Crimson visits No. 5 Hofstra Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. tilt. Harvard is 1-0 on the season after downing Canisius, 9-7, in the opener Feb. 26, while the Pride owns a 3-0 record.
Follow From Home
Live video and audio (with a subscription) will be available for Saturday's game at Hofstra. In addition, live statistics will also be available.
Harvard and Hofstra are tied 8-8-1 in the all-time series between the two schools. The Pride has taken the last two games in the series, an 11-5 victory in 2005 and a 13-6 win during the 2006 campaign.
Jeff Cohen has registered at least one point in the last 26 games, the ninth longest streak in the country. Cohen has amassed 79 points during that stretch (64-15-79), which began on Feb. 28, 2009.
On The Sidelines
Chris Wojcik '96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, owns a 1-0 record in his first season at the helm of the Crimson. Wojcik, who most recently served as an assistant coach at Penn, was an assistant for five seasons with the Crimson and was an All-American in lacrosse and All-Ivy selection in both lacrosse and soccer during his playing days at Harvard.
Welcome To The Show
Head coach Chris Wojcik welcomed the ninth best recruiting class in the nation to Cambridge this year, according to the Inside Lacrosse incoming class rankings. The class ranked second in the Ivy League and included four players listed in the publication's Power 100 newcomers from around the country.
Leading The Way
Senior attackman Dean Gibbons and junior attackman Kevin Vaughan will serve as co-captains of the Crimson for the 2011 campaign. Gibbons, a two-time All-Ivy pick, led Harvard with 41 points and 14 assists last year, while Vaughan ranked third on the team with 15 goals and 23 points. Gibbons led Harvard with a hat trick and a career-high five ground balls, while Vaughan scored once in the season opener against Canisius.
Led by Gibbons' hat trick, Harvard withstood a late surge by Canisius to hold on for a 9-7 victory in the season opener Feb. 26. Terry White added two goals, while Andrew Parchman won seven faceoffs and collected three ground balls. In net, Harry Krieger recorded nine saves to pick up the victory.
Harvard outshot Canisius, 20-3, in the first quarter and 44-20 for the game. The Crimson also owned an edge in ground balls, 29-26, and was successful on 19-of-21 clear attempts. Canisius won 10 faceoffs, compared to nine for Harvard.
In the Pride's 11-9 win over Princeton last week, Jamie Lincoln tallied a game-high four goals, while Stephen Bentz added a hat trick. Goalie Andrew Gvozden stopped six shots, and John Antoniades won an impressive 16-of-22 faceoffs and picked up nine ground balls. As a team, Hofstra caused nine turnovers and was 13-of-13 on clear attempts.
For the season, Bentz leads the team with seven goals, followed by Lincoln with six. Steve Serling has assisted on six tallies, and Steven DeNapoli paces the squad with 16 ground balls. Antoniades is winning 68.9 percent of his faceoffs (31-of-45). Between the pipes, Gvozden is 3-0 with 21 saves, a 6.00 goals-against average and a save percentage of .538. Hofstra is outscoring the opposition, 27-18, overall, including 11-2 in the second quarter.
Harvard will host Georgetown at the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium Tuesday, March 8 at 3 p.m.