Harvard Men's Lacrosse Begins Stretch Run, Visits Penn Saturday Afternoon
Ryan Stevens and the Crimson are in third place in the Ivy League at 2-1 (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's lacrosse team stands at 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the Ivy League and will visit Penn (1-8, 0-4) Saturday afternoon at noon.
Harvard sits in third place in the Ancient Eight with three games remaining, as the Crimson looks to inch closer to clinching a spot in the Ivy League tournament.
Harvard and Penn have met 80 times, with the Crimson leading the all-time series, 43-35-2. After losing three of the last four to the Quakers, the Crimson downed Penn, 12-8, in the Ivy League tournament semifinals last season in Ithaca, N.Y.
The Crimson has three games remaining in the regular season, all Ivy League contests. Harvard will play one of those three games at home: Princeton (April 21).
Harvard stands at third place in the Ivy League with a 2-1 conference mark, trailing Cornell (4-0) and Princeton (3-0). Following the regular season, the top four teams in the conference will compete at the Ivy League tournament at the site of the regular season champion May 4-6.
Jeff Cohen has scored at least one goal in all 11 games this fall and has recorded a hat trick in eight of those contests. He has moved to first in Harvard history in goals with 135 in his career, surpassing David Bohn '61 (132). Cohen has already posted a career-best with 41 goals this spring. Over the course of his career, Cohen has amassed 158 points (135-23-158), ranking im eighth in the Harvard record books.
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 3.9 per contest. Cohen is seventh with 4.40 points per game, while Keegan Michel stands 11th in faceoff win percentage (.605). Cohen also leads the Crimson and the Ivy League with 41 goals and 47 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 a 10-3 record when playing on its home field under its current skipper, including a 5-1 mark this spring. In those 13 games, Harvard has outscored its opponents 165-111.
With 41 goals and five assists, Jeff Cohen paces Harvard's offense with 47 points. Daniel Eipp (22-16-38) and Kevin Vaughan (12-17-29) stand second and third, respectively, on the team in points. Keegan Michel has picked up 51 ground balls, the most on the Crimson, while Stephen Jahelka and Jason Gonos have 12 caused turnovers apiece.
Around The Ivy League
With three Ancient Eight games remaining in the spring, Harvard (2-1) sits behind Cornell (4-0) and Princeton (3-0) for first place in the Ivy League.
In games involving Ancient Eight teams this weekend, Brown welcomes Yale Friday evening, while Princeton plays host to Dartmouth Saturday.
After scoring eight goals and finishing with nine points, 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.
The Crimson has won 153-of-263 faceoffs (.582) this spring. Keegan Michel has earned victories on 114-of-181 (.630) chances, making the freshman one of the best in the Ivy League and the country.
Crimson In the Commonwealth
Harvard will play nine games in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts this season. The Crimson currently boasts a 6-2 record in the state, with wins over Vermont (home), Holy Cross (road), Brown (home), Dartmouth (home), Michigan (home) and Quinnipiac (home).
Tewaaraton Award Watch List
Daniel DiMaria and Kevin Vaughan were named to the 2012 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, as they were included among a list of the 50 best men's players in the nation. A two-time captain of Harvard, Vaughan was selected by the Denver Outlaws in the second round with the 14th overall pick of the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.
DiMaria was chosen by the Charlotte Hounds in the sixth round with the 41st overall pick of the 2012 MLL Draft.
Harvard was selected to tie for second with Princeton in the Ivy League in the Inside Lacrosse preseason conference poll. Sophomore attackman Daniel Eipp and senior midfielder Kevin Vaughan were selected to the Inside Lacrosse preseason all-conference team.
Strength Of Schedule
Four 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 0-4 against ranked teams this spring, falling to then-No. 19 Hofstra, No. 18 Georgetown, No. 14 Duke and No. 3 Massachusetts.
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.
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-five Harvard players have achieved All-America status.
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 were held in Baltimore, Md., but will return to Gillette in 2012, as once again Harvard will serve as the tournament host. Harvard also hosted two games of the NCAA quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium in May 2011.
Harvard has won 140 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 1,500 student-athletes.