Men's Lacrosse Puts Win Streak on the Line Tuesday Versus Albany
The Crimson will go for a third-straight win Tuesday against Albany (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's lacrosse team will make its debut inside Harvard Stadium as it puts its two-game win streak on the line against Albany Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.
A live video stream featuring Ben Altsher and Andy Towne on the call and live stats will be available through GoCrimson.com by clicking here.
Last Time Out
Peter Schwartz and Carl Zimmerman recorded three points each and the visiting Harvard men's lacrosse team had an answer for every Dartmouth run in a 9-6 win Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.
After goals by Zimmerman and Schwartz late in the first quarter and early in the second, respectively, gave the Crimson a 2-0 lead, Dartmouth rallied to tie once and get with again a goal on two other occasions. Each time, Harvard countered with two goals, keeping the Big Green from ever claiming the lead.
Schwartz and Zimmerman each scored two goals and assisted on another, as the Crimson won for the third time in the last four games. Five other Harvard players scored once each, and Harry Krieger made 13 saves, including five in the fourth quarter.
Albany, which is receiving votes in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Div. I Coaches Poll, enters play Saturday coming off an 18-12 loss to Bucknell to fall to 4-3 on the year.
The Great Danes are led by Lyle Thompson who has turned in 47 points this season on 16 goals and 31 assists. Ty Thompson has added 19 goals and seven assists for 26 points while Miles Thompson has chipped in 17 goals and six assists for 23 points. Blaze Riorden has seen the bulk of the time in goal and sports a 4-1 record with a .465 save percentage and a goals against average of 13.97. Kevin Glueckert is the team's primary face off specialist and has won 80 of the 177 face offs he has taken.
Inside the Series
Harvard and Albany met for the first time ever in 2011 with the Great Danes earning a 12-11 victory over the Crimson. Daniel Eipp recorded a hat trick in the loss while Dean Gibbons '11 added four points on two goals and two assists.
Harvard will host No. 12/10 Duke at Harvard Stadium Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m. live on NBC Sports Network.
The Crimson has won two straight and three of its last four to improve to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League. Harvard has not won three straight games since 2011 when it defeated Princeton, Yale and Penn to reach the Ivy League Tournament finals.
Player of the Week
Goalkeeper Harry Krieger has earned a pair of player of the week honors this season, most recently receiving the award from the Ivy League on March 25. The senior turned away 28 shots while allowing just 11 goals as the Crimson defeated both Bryant and Dartmouth, finishing the week with a .718 save percentage and a 5.50 goals against average. Krieger was also named the NEILA Player of the Week on March 11 after recording 12 saves in Harvard's 8-6 win over Georgetown.
Krieger currently ranks third in the Ivy League and 15th in the NCAA with an 8.29 goals against average. His .586 save percentage leads the Ancient Eight and is the 10th best in the nation, while his 11.71 saves per game also pace the conference and rank him 14th in the country.
Freshman Devin Dwyer currently ranks ninth in the Ivy League with 3.00 points per game and is seventh in the conference with 1.57 assists per game. Dwyer has recorded a least one point in all seven of Harvard's games this season and has tallied multiple points in five outings.
Freshmen Robert Duvnjak has started six games for the Crimson on defense and entered the week ranked 21st in the NCAA with 1.83 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 six more than any other member of the Crimson while his 16 ground balls rank third on the team.
Senior Alex White registered a hat trick in each of the Crimson's first two games and currently ranks third on the team lead with 15 points (12g, 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.
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, boasts a .527 winning percentage at the X this season as the team's primary specialist.
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.
Sharing the Wealth
15 different members of the Crimson have combined to score 60 goals this season. Alex White leads the way with 12 tallies on the year, while Devin Dwyer has added 10.
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
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.
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