Men's Lacrosse Looking for Second Straight Win Saturday at Dartmouth
The Crimson has beaten Dartmouth in three of the last four meetings between the teams (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's lacrosse team will go for its second straight win against Dartmouth when the Crimson and Big Green clash Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m. in Hanover, N.H.
A live video stream and live stats will be available during the game through DartmouthSports.com by clicking here.
Last Time Out
Harry Krieger made a season-high 15 saves as Devin Dwyer tallied four points to lead the Harvard men's lacrosse team to a 7-5 win over Bryant Wednesday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.
Krieger's 15 saves included nine in the second half with seven coming in the third quarter alone. The senior allowed just one goal before intermission and also held Bryant to a single goal in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory. He was aided by defensemen Jason Gonos and Robert Duvjnak who collected seven ground balls and three ground balls, respectively.
Dartmouth, which will be playing its first Ivy League contest of the season, fell at No. 14 North Carolina by a score of 13-5 on Monday to drop to 2-3 on the year. Chris Costabile scored two goals to pace the Green and White's offensive attack, while junior Brendan Rotanz netted a pair of tallies as well.
Costabiele and Adam Hull have registered a team-high 13 points for Dartmouth with Costabiele contributing nine goals and four assists. Hull has added three goals and 10 assists. Phil Hession has taken the bulk of the face offs and has won 46-of-97 at the X.
Bernie Susskind has started all five games in goal and sports a 10.60 goals against average to go along with a save percentage of 51.8 percent. Hession and Robert Osgood have collected 30 ground balls and 29 ground balls, respectively, with Osgood's eight caused turnovers also leading the team.
The Big Green has averaged 9.60 goals per game while allowing opponents to score at a rate of 10.60 goals per contest. Dartmouth has been successful on 8-of-19 man-up opportunities and has been successful on 86.5 percent of its clears.
Inside the Series
Harvard is 45-38-1 all-time against Dartmouth and has won three of the last four meetings between the teams. This includes a 15-10 win for the Crimson last season in Cambridge which was highlighted by a six-point day from Kevin Vaughan '12 (4g, 2a) and a five-goal effort from Jeff Cohen '12.
Harvard will host a pair of non-conference foes next week as No. 20/20 Albany and No. 12/13 Duke visit Cambridge. The Crimson and Great Danes will meet Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. before Harvard hosts the Blue Devils Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m. live on NBC Sports Network.
Freshman Devin Dwyer currently ranks eighth in the Ivy League with 3.33 points per game and is fifth in the conference with 1.67 assists per game. Dwyer has recorded a least one point in each of Harvard's games this season and has tallied multiple points in the team's last five outings.
Freshmen Robert Duvnjak has started five games for the Crimson on defense and entered the week ranked fourth in the NCAA with 2.5 caused turnovers per game. Duvnjak made his collegiate debut against UMass and registered four caused turnovers, then added four more as Harvard defeated Georgetown.
Duvnjak's 11 caused turnovers are seven more than any other member of the Crimson while his 14 ground balls rank third on the team.
Senior Alex White registered a hat trick in each of the Crimson's first two games and he is currently second on the team lead with 14 points (11g, 3a) from the midfield. White entered the season with 31 career points (19g, 12a) after having played in 41 of Harvard's 42 games over the previous three seasons.
Turning Them Away
Senior Harry Krieger recorded a season-high 15 saves while allowing just five goals against Bryant, marking the fourth time this season he has posted double-digit saves. Krieger currently leads the Ivy League with 11.50 saves per game and is second in the Ancient Eight with a save percentage of 57.0 percent.
Senior Rick Molé had a career day at the face off X against Brown, winning 15-of-20 draws while collecting four ground balls. Molé, who entered the year having taken just 32 face offs in his career, has won 50.7 percent of the face offs he has taken this season.
Junior Gabriel Mendola set a career-high with 10 ground balls at Brown. He is the first Crimson to recorded double-digit ground balls since Keegan Michel did so on April 10 of last season with 10 against Quinnipiac.
Player of the Week
Goalkeeper Harry Krieger was named the NEILA Player of the Week on March 11 after recording 12 saves in Harvard's 8-6 win over Georgetown. Krieger turned away five shots in a clean fourth quarter to preserve the victory after allowing just two goals in the first half. The senior is the first Crimson to earn the award since Daniel Eipp took home the honors on March 27 of last season.
Sharing the Wealth
12 different members of the Crimson have combined to score 51 goals this season. Alex White leads the way with 11 scores on the year, while Devin Dwyer has added 10. Daniel Eipp and Peter Schwartz have each tallied six goals.
Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 14-5 at home under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, including a 3-1 mark in 2013. The Crimson boasts a 6-3 mark in Harvard Stadium and an 8-2 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.
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
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