No. 20 Men's Lacrosse Hosts No. 14 Massachusetts Under the Lights at Harvard Stadium Tuesday
Andrew Parchman won 12-of-18 faceoffs at Dartmouth Saturday (Gil Talbot).
No. 20 Harvard will take a break from Ivy League action to face two non-conference opponents this week, beginning with a matchup against No. 14 Massachusetts at Harvard Stadium. The Crimson stands at 5-2 overall, while the Minutemen also own a 5-2 record. The game between Harvard and UMass will mark the first game for the Crimson at Harvard Stadium in 2011.
All Allston, Brighton and Cambridge residents with valid ID or proof of residency will be admitted to the game for free.
GoCrimson.com will provide live video (for a subscription) and live statistics of the game between the Crimson and Minutemen.
Tuesday's matchup marks the 42nd time Harvard and Massachusetts have met on the lacrosse field, with the Minutemen enjoying a 29-12 advantage in the series. Harvard has won two of the last three games, including a 14-13 win last season in Amherst, Mass.
On the Sidelines
Chris Wojcik '96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, owns a 5-2 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.
Strength Of Schedule
Five of Harvard's 14 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 falling to then-No. 5 Hofstra, 15-9, March 5.
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 32-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 98 points (81-17-98) in that stretch.
Harvard's 5-1 start this season marked the best for the program since going 5-1 to open the 2000 campaign. The Crimson has now started 5-2 in each of the last three seasons.
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 26 points and 11 assists this spring.
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 39 of its last 47 games (.170) in which it has scored fewer than nine goals.
It's All Over
The Crimson is 3-0 when leading after three quarters, holding off Bellarmine, Holy Cross and Brown. Harvard is 2-2 when trailing or tied after three quarters, with wins over Canisius and Georgetown.
With 26 points this season, Dean Gibbons has surpassed the century mark in scoring for his career. He has scored 77 goals and assisted on 45 tallies for 122 points. Gibbons is 27 points away from joining Harvard's top 10 leads for all-time scoring.
Harvard is 4-1 against non-conference teams in 2011. The Crimson still has three non-conference games left (Massachusetts, Albany and Quinnipiac).
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 the game against Massachusetts.
Leading the Way
With 15 goals and 11 assists, Dean Gibbons paces Harvard's offense with 26 points. Jeff Cohen (18-2-20), Kevin Vaughan (9-5-14), Daniel Eipp (8-5-13), Terry White (8-5-13) and Alex White (5-6-11) have all also reached double figures in points.
Around The Country
Harvard boasts the nation's seventh best scoring offense, averaging 12.0 goals per game. The Crimson also stands fourth in assists per game (6.86) and seventh in points per game (.18.86). Individually, Dean Gibbons ranks 12th with 3.71 points per contest, while Jeff Cohen is 10th is 2.57 goals per game. Jason Gonos stands 28th with 1.71 caused turnovers per contest, and Harry Krieger is 42nd with a 9.68 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 third in the Ivy League with 12.0 goals per game and is second with 33.1 ground balls per contest. The Crimson also stands third with 1.71 man-up goals per game and is fifth with 8.0 caused turnovers per contest.
The Crimson has won 95-of-173 faecoffs (.549) this spring. Andrew Parchman has earned victories on 58-of-108 (.537 faceoffs), while Gabriel Mendola has won 29-of-51 chances on faceoff attempts (.569).
Harvard has outscored opponents in every quarter this season: 21-17 in the first, 21-19 in the second, 21-19 in the third and 21-12 in the fourth. The Crimson owns an 84-67 advantage against opponents in goals, and 338-216 lead in shots overall.