Gibbons ranks second in the Ivy League and seventh in the nation with 3.79 points per game (Kevin Burns).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior attackman Dean Gibbons and junior midfielder Kevin Vaughan of the No. 17 Harvard men's lacrosse team have been named to the All-Ivy League first team, the conference announced Tuesday. Gibbons was tabbed to the first team unanimously, while junior defenseman Paul Pate and freshman attackman Daniel Eipp garnered honorable mention.
Gibbons, a native of Garden City, N.Y., ranks seventh in the nation with 3.79 points per game and stands 10th with 1.86 assists per contest. He led Harvard and was second in the Ivy League with 53 points and 26 assists, while ranking second on the Crimson with 27 tallies. Gibbons, who scored four man-up goals, is enjoying a 27-game point streak and had eight multiple-goal performances this spring. He has amassed 149 points in his career, tying him with Mike Faught '79 for 10th in school history and needs just three points to tie Jamie Ames '95 for 10th in single-season scoring in program history.
A three-time All-Ivy League choice, Gibbons was named to the 2011 Tewaaraton Award Watch List and was tabbed to the Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-America squad. He also tallied game winners against Massachusetts and Princeton this season. Gibbons accumulated nine points (3-6-9) in Harvard's 21-10 win over Bellarmine March 11, which ranks second in the nation for points in a contest this year. In Ivy League contests, Gibbons, who started all 14 games, led Harvard with 23 points and 14 assists, while finishing tied for second with nine tallies. He was twice honored as Ivy Player of the Week, earning the nod March 14 and April 25.
Vaughan, who hails from Ridgewood, N.J., ranks third on the Crimson in scoring with 25 points and 18 goals. He netted game-winning goals in Harvard's victories over Yale and Holy Cross and scored a season-high three goals against Cornell April 9. Vaughan netted nine goals and collected a team-best 23 ground balls in Ivy League play and was third on the Crimson in all games with 39 ground balls. Vaughan, who started all 13 games he appeared in, has scored at least one goal in five straight games and has amassed a total of 10 points in the last four contests.
Eipp, who was named Ivy Rookie of the Week March 14 and April 4, finished fourth on the Crimson with 22 points, scoring 15 goals and handing out seven assists. A native of Groton, Mass., Eipp paced the team with a .500 shooting percentage and a .767 shots on goal percentage. Eipp, who appeared in all 14 contests, starting four, tallied a career-high four goals in Harvard's win over Bellarmine and added a hat trick at Albany April 2.
Pate, who started all 14 games at defense, collected 21 ground balls and caused four turnovers this spring. A product of Manhasset, N.Y., Pate picked up three ground balls at Hofstra March 5, vs. Holy Cross March 15, vs. Massachusetts March 29 and at Albany.
Harvard, which finished the regular season 9-5 overall and 3-3 in the Ancient Eight, earned the No. 3 seed in the Ivy League tournament, which will be hosted by Cornell May 6-8. The Crimson will face Penn, the No. 2 seed, Friday, May 6 at 5 p.m., in a game which will be shown live on ESPN3.com. The Ivy League final will be held Sunday, May 8 at noon and will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.