Harvard Men's Lacrosse Returns Home, Hosts Michigan Saturday Afternoon
Jason Gonos and the Crimson are 3-1 at home, including 2-0 at Harvard Stadium this spring (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's lacrosse team, which enters the weekend 4-4 overall, hosts Michigan (1-8) in a non-conference game at Harvard Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m. The Wolverines are in their first season as a Division I program. The Crimson, is 2-4 in non-conference contests this spring, and is 3-1 in home matchups.
Harvard and Michigan have never met on the lacrosse field.
The Crimson has six games remaining in the regular season, including four Ivy League contests. The Crimson will also host Quinnipiac April 10 and Princeton April 21.
Strong Ivy Start
For the first time since 1998, Harvard is off to a 2-0 start in conference play, as the Crimson have opened the Ivy League portion of its schedule with wins over Brown (10-9 in overtime) and Dartmouth (15-10). The Crimson is tied with Cornell (2-0) and Princeton (2-0) for first in the Ivy League.
One of the Nation's Best
Senior Jeff Cohen continues to be an offensive threat for the Crimson and ranks with the nation's elite. Cohen entered the week tied for first in the nation in goals per game, averaging 4.0 per contest. Cohen also leads the Crimson and the Ivy League with 29 goals and 32 points.
Home is Where the Wins Are
Harvard has enjoyed the friendly confines of Cambridge Mass., under head coach Chris Wojcik. The Crimson has compiled an 8-3 record when playing on its home field under its current skipper, including a 3-1 mark this spring. In those 11 games, Harvard has outscored its opponents 136-100.
In Harvard's 15-10 conference win over Dartmouth March 24, the Crimson tallied four goals within a 45-second span of the third quarter. Harvard, which enjoyed a one-minute non-releasable man-up opportunity against the Big Green, netted goals at 9:41 (Jeff Cohen), 9:16 (Cohen), 9:03 (Daniel Eipp) and 8:56 (Kevin Vaughan). The first three of those tallies were man-up scores.
Leading the Way
With 29 goals and three assists, Jeff Cohen paces Harvard's offense with 32 points. Daniel Eipp (17-12-29) and Kevin Vaughan (10-13-20) stand second and third, respectively, on the team in points. Keegan Michel has picked up 36 ground balls, the most on the Crimson, while Stephen Jahelka has seven caused turnovers.
Jeff Cohen has scored at least one goal in all eight games this fall and has recorded a hat trick in six of those contests. He has moved to a tie for third in Harvard history in goals with 123 in his career. Cohen posted a career-best with 34 goals as a freshman in 2009 and has already notched 29 goals this spring. Over the course of his career, Cohen has amassed 143 points (123-20-143), good for 12th in the Harvard record books.
Harvard sits in a first-place tie in the Ivy League with Cornell (2-0) and Princeton (2-0). Cornell boasts the conference's best overall record at 6-1 and is ranked No. 3/4 in the national polls.
In other games involving Ancient Eight teams this week, Brown hosts Princeton Saturday, Yale welcomes Penn and Dartmouth hosts Cornell. The Crimson will also return home to face Michigan Saturday afternoon.
After scoring a total of 10 goals, including five against Duke March 10 and five against Brown March 17, Jeff Cohen was tabbed the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week March 19. Cohen was also selected as the Inside Lacrosse Nike National Player of the Week and the COOP Athlete of the Week. After amassing seven points (4-3-7) in a 15-10 win over Dartmouth, Daniel Eipp was named NEILA Player of the Week, March 27.
The Crimson has won 105-of-187 faceoffs (.561) this spring. Keegan Michel has earned victories on 86-of-141 (.610 faceoffs), which ranks him fifth in the nation entering the week.
Crimson In the Commonwealth
Harvard will play nine games in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts this season. The Crimson currently boasts a 4-2 record in the state, with wins over Vermont (home), Holy Cross (road), Brown (home) and Dartmouth (road).