No. 17 Men's Lacrosse Carries Four-Game Win Streak into Ivy Game at Dartmouth Saturday
Jason Gonos has caused 10 turnovers this season (Gil Talbot).
The 17th-ranked Harvard men's lacrosse team, which is enjoying its best start since the 2000 season, carry a four-game win streak into an Ivy League matchup at Dartmouth (3-3, 0-0 Ivy) Saturday. The Crimson stands at 5-1 overall, 1-0 in the Ancient Eight and is looking to start 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 1998.
Follow From Home
DartmouthSports.com will provide live video (for a subscription) and live statistics of the game between the Crimson and Big Green.
Harvard and Dartmouth have played 82 times, with the Crimson owning a 44-37-1 edge in the series that began back in 1926. The Crimson has won three of the last four meetings, including the last two.
Harvard is off to the program's best start since going 5-1 during the 2000 campaign. If the Crimson tops Dartmouth Saturday, it would mark the program's best overall start since 1990 when the team began the season 10-1.
On the Sidelines
Chris Wojcik '96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, owns a 5-1 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.
Tewaaraton Award Watch List
Dean Gibbons was recently named to the 2011 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, as he was included among a list of the 50 best men's players in the nation. Gibbons, a co-captain of the Crimson, was one of eight Ivy League players to be honored on the watch list. He leads Harvard with 15 goals, seven assists and 22 points this season.
Plenty of Points
Jeff Cohen has been one of Harvard's most consistent scorers in his three years in Cambridge. Cohen is currently on a 31-game point-scoring streak which began Feb. 28, 2009. That streak ranks eighth in the nation among active point-scoring streaks and Cohen has collected 94 points (77-17-94) in that stretch.
Strength Of Schedule
Six 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 1-1 against ranked teams this spring, defeating then-No. 20 Georgetown, 16-15, March 8, but fell to then-No. 5 Hofstra, 15-9, March 5.
To The Nines
Harvard has won 36 of its last 44 games (.818)in which it has scored nine or more goals. The Crimson has lost 38 of its last 46 games (.174) in which it has scored fewer than nine goals.
It's All Over
The Crimson is 4-0 when leading after three quarters in 2011, holding off Canisius, Bellarmine, Holy Cross and Brown.
With 22 points this season, Dean Gibbons has surpassed the century mark in scoring for his career. He has scored 77 goals and assisted on 41 tallies for 118 points.
Starting FastIn three of the last four seasons, including this spring, Harvard has started the year with a 4-1 record.
It's Good To Be Home
Harvard has yet to lose a game at its newest venue, the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium, going 4-0 at the facility this year with wins over Canisius, Georgetown, Bellarmine and Holy Cross. The remaining four home games this season will be played in Harvard Stadium, beginning with a non-conference matchup against No. 16 Massachusetts March 29.
Harvard was selected to finish sixth in the Ivy League in the Inside Lacrosse preseason conference poll. Senior attackman Dean Gibbons and junior midfielder Terry White were selected to the Inside Lacrosse preseason All-America honorable mention squad.
Leading the Way
With 15 goals and seven assists, Dean Gibbons paces Harvard's offense with 22 points. Jeff Cohen (14-2-16). Kevin Vaughan (9-5-14), Daniel Eipp (8-5-13), Terry White (7-4-11) and Alex White (5-6-11) have all also reached double figures in points.
Around The Country
Harvard boasts the nation's sixth best scoring offense, averaging 12.67 goals per game. The Crimson also stands fifth in points (19.67 ppg) and fifth in assists (7.0 apg). Individually, Dean Gibbons ranks 12th with 3.67 points per contest and is 17th with 2.5 goals per game. Jason Gonos stands 34th with 1.67 caused turnovers per contest, and Harry Krieger is 39th with a 9.8 goals against average.
When The Game Is On the Line...
Kevin Vaughan, Jeff Cohen, Eric Slingerland, Ryan Stevens and Jack Doyle have each tallied game-winning goals for Harvard this spring.
Around The Ivy League
Harvard stands second in the Ivy League with 12.67 goals per game and is third with 32.5 ground balls per contest. The Crimson also stands third with 1.83 man-up goals per game and is fifth with 7.83 caused turnovers per contest.
The Crimson has won 82-of-153 faecoffs (.536) this spring. Andrew Parchman has earned victories on 46-of-90 (.511 faceoffs), while Gabriel Mendola has won 28-of-49 chances on faceoff attempts (.571).
Harvard has outscored opponents in every quarter this season: 19-16 in the first, 20-17 in the second, 19-16 in the third and 18-9 in the fourth. The Crimson owns a 76-58 advantage against opponents in goals, and 297-190 lead in shots overall.
Leading The Way
Senior attackman Dean Gibbons and junior attackman Kevin Vaughan will serve as co-captains of the Crimson for the 2011 campaign.
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-four Harvard players have achieved All-America status.
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.
Stay A While
Harvard has had just five 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. John Tillman led Harvard from 2008-10, and this is the first year Chris Wojcik '96 sits at the helm of the Crimson.
In 2008 and 2009, Harvard served as a co-host, along with the ECAC, for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships. Last year's championships drew a total of 126,673 fans to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The 2010 and 2011 championships will be held in Baltimore, Md., but will return to Gillette in 2012, as once again Harvard will serve as the tournament host. Harvard will also host two games of the NCAA quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium in May 2011.
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 1,300 student-athletes.