The Crimson is unbeaten in its all-time series with Holy Cross, 29-0 (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's lacrosse team will play its second game in four days when it hosts Holy Cross Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to purchase two tickets for the price of one as part of Harvard's 2-for-1 Tuesday's promotion.
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Last Time Out
Senior Harry Krieger made 13 saves in goal and classmate Alex White turned in a hat trick as the Harvard men's lacrosse team dropped its season opener to No. 7/5 UMass Saturday afternoon, 8-6.
A crowd of 1,137 was in attendance at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium to see the clash between the in-state rivals. UMass controlled the face off X, winning 10-of-16 on the day, and was successful on 13-of-14 clear attempts. Harvard, meanwhile, completed 10-of-13 clears and was 1-of-2 in extra-man situations. The Crimson defense, anchored by Krieger's play, allowed the Minutemen to convert on just 1-of-6 extra-man opportunities.
White added one assist to his three goals to finish with four points on the day. Henry Mumford, Ryan Stevens and Jack Walker also found the back of the net for the Crimson with Devin Dwyer assisting on Mumford's score. Robert Duvnjak was credited with four of the Crimson's nine caused turnovers as Joe Petrucci collected a team-best three ground balls.
Harvard's starting lineup against UMass featured a pair of freshmen making their collegiate debut, Devin Dwyer and Robert Duvnjak. Dwyer tallied his first career point in the contest as he assisted on a Henry Mumford goal in the fourth quarter, while Duvnjak anchored the Crimson defense with a game-high four caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Harvard's defense allowed UMass to convert on just 1-of-6 man advantage opportunities while holding the Minutemen to six goals fewer than their season average. Last season, Crimson opponents converted on just 28.9 percent (13-45) of their man advantage opportunities while the Crimson converted at a 37.9 percent (20-54) rate.
Harvard is currently 1-of-2 in man-up scenarios thanks to Henry Mumford's fourth-quarter goal on Saturday. The Crimson scored just one goal last season when playing a man down, but Alex White has already tied that number with his second goal against the Minutemen.
Scouting Holy Cross
The Crusaders will carry a 1-1 record into Tuesday's meeting after picking up their first win of the year against Hartford, 11-9. Four different players scored two goals in the victory as Myles Gillespie led the way with four points (2g, 2a). Kenny O'Connor notched six saves in goal while Holy Cross won the ground ball battle, 29-18.
Holy Cross is averaging 10.00 goals per game and has won 56.6 percent of face offs. The Crusaders are just 1-of-6 in man advantage situations and have turned the ball over 22 times this year. The defense, meanwhile, has allowed just 10.00 goals against thanks in part to 14 caused turnovers.
Gillespie has seven points on the year with four goals and three assists. John Hannan owns the teams lead with five goals, while James Kennedy has turned in five points (1g, 4a) as well. The defense is led by Kyle Kadlick who boasts nine ground balls and two caused turnovers. O'Connor has started both games in goal for the Crusaders and has posted a 10.00 goals against average with a .474 save percentage. Tyler Purdue has won 16-of-30 face offs taken.
Inside the Series
Harvard is 29-0 all-time against Holy Cross and 16-0 when playing in Cambridge. Tuesday's meeting will mark the 13th consecutive year that the teams have met, including a 14-9 victory for the Crimson last season in Worcester. Jeff Cohen '12 led the way with five goals while Daniel Eipp added three for the hat trick. Harry Krieger turned away eight shots in goal while playing the bulk of the minutes.
Harvard will head out on the road for the first time this weekend to face Hofstra Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m.
Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 11-5 at home under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse. This includes a 6-3 mark in Harvard Stadium and a 5-2 record at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.
2013 Hat Tricks
Career Hat Tricks
Jason Gonos has been named as one of 20 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
Gonos has anchored Harvard's defensive unit for the last three years, but even more impressive than his play on the field has been his work within the community. In November, he organized the Crimson's involvement in Lacrosse Mustache Madness which raised $6,979 for the HEADstrong Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer. Gonos has also spent time working with Happy Helpers for the Homeless in his home state of Maryland, helping to feed and clothe the homeless in Glen Burnie, Md.
To read Gonos' full Senior CLASS Award bio, click here.
Several members of the Crimson were recognized with preseason honors, including Daniel Eipp who was named to the 2013 Tewaaraton Watch List. Eipp and Jason Gonos were also named preseason All-America honorable mention selections by Inside Lacrosse, while Eipp and Alex White were named to the preseason All-NEILA team while Devin Dwyer was named NEILA's preseason rookie of the year.
In the Spotlight
The Crimson will play twice in front of a national television audience in 2013 beginning with its March 30 meeting with Duke. The game, which will be aired live on NBC Sports Network, will be played under the lights of Harvard Stadium at 7 p.m. The Crimson will also be featured on ESPNU when it takes the field at Princeton Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m.
Watch Live Online
Harvard has announced that for the first time ever, each of the Crimson's nine home games will be available either through live or on-demand streaming. Eight of the nine will streamed live through GoCrimson.com while the Crimson's nationally televised matchup with No. 13/14 Duke will be available for on-demand viewing shortly after its completion.
A full season pass can be purchased for $59.95 while single event subscriptions will be offered for $9.95. The full season pass will give fans access to each of the eight games streamed live as well as access to the on-demand archive for all nine home contests.
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The Men of Harvard Lacrosse
The Crimson returns 26 letterwinners to the field in 2013 led by senior captain Jason Gonos. Gonos is coming off a season in which he recorded career-highs with 33 groundballs and 14 caused turnovers, both of which ranked second on the team. The Annapolis, Md., native was tabbed as an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America honorable mention selection and will be joined in the defensive third by Joe Petrucci who made seven starts a year ago.
Daniel Eipp, who is coming off a gold medal performance with the U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team at the 2012 Lacrosse World Championships this summer, is the team's top returning scorer and ranks second in scoring among Ivy League returnees. Eipp registered 42 points on 24 goals and 18 assists as a sophomore and ranked 47th in the NCAA in points per game (3.00), 50th in assists per game (1.29 apg) and 76th in goals per game (1.71). Carl Zimmerman (5-6-11) and Jack Walker (7-1-8) also return.
Senior Harry Krieger and sophomore Jake Gambitsky saw the bulk of the action in goal for the Crimson in 2012. Krieger posted an 8.42 goals against average and a .510 save percentage while Gambitsky allowed 10.61 goals per game and notched a .471 save percentage. The two started 13 of 14 games a year ago.
Fresh Faces, New Places
Chris Wojcik '96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, has added 9 freshmen to the Crimson roster for the 2013 season. The Class of 2016 was ranked as the fourth-best recruiting class in the nation by Inside Lacrosse and features six student-athletes ranked in the top 100.
This year's group of newcomers includes Inside Lacrosse's No. 2 recruit in defenseman Bobby Duvnjak, the No. 4 recruit in attackman Devin Dwyer and the No. 22 recruit in attackman Ian Ardrey. They will be accompanied by No. 27 Walker Kirby, No. 52 Sean McDonagh, No. 68 Deke Burns, as well as Bryan Moore, Conor Murphy, and Brendan Newman.
Senior defenseman Jason Gonos was voted as the team's captain for the 2013 season. Gonos is the 151st captain in program history and the first individual to serve as captain since Jeff Psaki '00 in 2000.
"Jason is a young man of impeccable character and is an outstanding leader," commented Chris Wojcik, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse. "The program is fortunate to have Jason as our Captain and I am looking forward to working closely with him over the course of the year."
On the Sidelines
Chris Wojcik '96 is in his third season as The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse. Wojcik carries an overall record of 16-15 and has coached two All-American's and seven All-Ivy League selections while at the helm of the Crimson.
Joining Wojcik on the sideline this season are Ryan Glennon, Adam Ghitelman and Ben Smith '10. Glennon is in this third season with the team while Ghitelman begins his second and Smith enters his first.