Harvard Men's Lacrosse Returns to Ivy Play, Visits No. 5/5 Cornell Saturday
Jack Walker and the Crimson are 2-0 in the Ivy League (Gil Talbot).
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The Harvard men's lacrosse team, which enters the weekend 5-4 overall, visits No. 5/5 Cornell in a key Ivy League contest Saturday afternoon.
The Crimson is 2-0 in the Ivy League, while Cornell stands at 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the Ancient Eight.
Harvard and Cornell have played 85 times, with the Big Red leading the all-time series, 62-23. Harvard is looking for its first win against Cornell since 1998, as the Big Red has rattled off 14 straight wins against the Crimson.
Last season, the Big Red edged the Crimson, 13-12, in the regular season in Cambridge, and then downed Harvard, 15-6, in the Ivy League tournament final in Ithaca.
The Crimson has five games remaining in the regular season, including four Ivy League contests. Harvard will play two of those five games at home: 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 one-half game behind Cornell (3-0) and Princeton (3-0) 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 second in the nation in goals per game, averaging 4.0 per contest. Cohen is sixth with 4.44 points per game, while Keegan Michel stands 11th in faceoff win percentage (.610). Cohen also leads the Crimson and the Ivy League with 36 goals and 40 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 9-3 record when playing on its home field under its current skipper, including a 4-1 mark this spring. In those 12 games, Harvard has outscored its opponents 147-107.
Leading the Way
With 36 goals and four assists, Jeff Cohen paces Harvard's offense with 40 points. Daniel Eipp (19-14-33) and Kevin Vaughan (10-15-25) 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 10 caused turnovers.
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.
Jeff Cohen has scored at least one goal in all nine games this fall and has recorded a hat trick in seven of those contests. He has moved to third in Harvard history in goals with 130 in his career. Cohen has already posted a career-best with 36 goals this spring. Over the course of his career, Cohen has amassed 151 points (130-21-151), good for 11th in the Harvard record books.
Around The Ivy League
Harvard (2-0) sits one-half game behind Cornell (3-0) and Princeton (3-0) for first place in the Ivy League. The regular season conference champion will host the Ivy League tournament May 4-6.
In other games involving Ancient Eight teams this weekend, Yale visits Dartmouth, Penn hosts Brown and Princeton travels to face Syracuse.
After scoring eight goals and finishing with nine points last week, Jeff Cohen was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week for the second time this season April 2. Cohen scored seven of those eight goals and dished out an assist for a career-high eight points in the 11-7 win over Michigan March 31.