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Men's Lacrosse Hosts No. 2/2 Cornell Saturday, FREE Video Stream Available

The Crimson will host rival Cornell as it resumes Ivy League play (Gil Talbot).

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The Storyline
The Harvard men's lacrosse team concludes its three-game home stand against No. 2/2 Cornell at Harvard Stadium Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m.

A free live video stream will be available through GoCrimson.com by clicking here. Live stats will also be available by clicking here.

Freebie
Harvard athletics has announced that it will provide its live video stream free of charge when the Crimson men's lacrosse team takes on No. 2/2 Cornell Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. The broadcast will feature multiple camera angles, replays, a new graphics package and a live scoreboard for fans watching at home.

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CLASS Act
Captain Jason Gonos was one of 10 NCAA lacrosse student-athletes selected as a finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate men's lacrosse. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 

Gonos has anchored Harvard's defensive unit for the last four 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.

Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through May 13. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

Last Time Out
Harvard's last second attempt came up short as the men's lacrosse team lost a nail bitter to No. 12/10 Duke Saturday night at Harvard Stadium, 12-11.

Harvard held the ball with 8 seconds remaining after a flag was thrown against Duke, but Devin Dwyer's pass from behind the net was picked off by goalkeeper Kyle Turri to secure the Blue Devils' sixth win in a row. Harvard had led 10-8 midway through the fourth quarter before a late run put Duke over the top.

Murphy Vandervelde recorded his second straight hat trick on five shots to pace the Harvard attack. He was aided by a four-point night from Peter Schwartz (2g, 2a) and a three-point effort from Dwyer (1g, 2a). Harry Krieger finished the night with nine saves in goal, including three in fourth quarter as Rick Molé collected a team-high five ground balls.

Scouting Cornell
The Big Red enters this afternoon's contest ranked second in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Coaches' Poll. Cornell has won three straight games to improve to 9-1 overall, and will carry an unblemished 3-0 record in Ivy League play into the game.

Rob Pannell is the nation's third leading scorer at 5.4 points per game. The senior is averaging 2.4 goals per contest and has added 3.0 assists per game, the fifth best rate in the country. Steve Mock ranks 18th in the NCAA in overall scoring (3.89) while his 3.44 goals per game are second best in the country. They have been aided by Connor Buczek (15g, 12a), Max Van Bourgondien (16g, 6a) and Matt Donovan (14g, 6a).

AJ Fiore is 9-1 in goal with a 7.26 goals against average, sixth best in the nation, and a .559 save percentage. Doug Tesoriero's .584 win percentage at the X ranks him seventh in the NCAA while Thomas Keith has paced the defensive unit with 50 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers.

Inside the Series
Cornell defeated Harvard last season in Ithaca, 14-10, despite four-point efforts from Ryan Stevens (3g, 1a) and Jeff Cohen '12 (3g, 1a). The Big Red is 63-23 all-time against Harvard and has earned 15 straight victories in the series.

Up Next
Harvard travels to Quinnipiac Tuesday, April 9 for its last non-conference matchup of the year. First draw is set for 4 p.m.

Young Gun
Freshman Devin Dwyer opened his career scoring in seven straight games, including a streak of five games in which he tallied multiple points, and has scored in eight of Harvard's nine contests this year. He currently leads the team with 24 points and 13 assists, while his 11 goals rank second.

Dwyer has been named to the Ivy League's Honor Roll three times, most among the Crimson, while vying to become the first freshman to lead Harvard in scoring since Jeff Cohen '12 in 2009. Cohen tallied 41 points that season on 34 goals and seven assists.

Step Your Game Up
Sophomore Murphy Vandervelde, who had totaled zero goals in the first seven appearances of his career, has scored seven goals over the team's last three outings including a pair of hat tricks last week against Albany and No. 12/10 Duke. Vandervelde notched his first career tally in a 9-6 win at Dartmouth before recording three goals in back-to-back games against the Great Danes and Blue Devils.

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 entered the week ranked 28th in the NCAA with a 9.46 goals against average. His .548 save percentage is 24th best in the country while his 11.33 saves per game pace the conference and rank 19th nationally.

Streaking
The Crimson won two straight games and three of four between March 9 and March 23. Harvard last won three straight games in 2011 when it defeated Princeton, Yale and Penn to reach the Ivy League Tournament finals.

Getting Defensive
Freshmen Robert Duvnjak has started eight games for the Crimson on defense and currently leads the team with 11 caused turnovers while ranking fourth with 19 ground balls. Duvnjak made his collegiate debut against UMass and registered four caused turnovers, then added four more as Harvard defeated Georgetown.

White Hot
Senior Alex White registered a hat trick in each of the Crimson's first two games and he enters the weekend with a team-high 15 goals and ranked third overall on the squad with 19 points (15g, 4a) 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.

Facing Off
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 .500 winning percentage at the X this season and ranks seventh in the Ivy League.

Staying Grounded
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
16 different members of the Crimson have combined to score 78 goals this season. Alex White leads the way with 15 tallies on the year, while Devin Dwyer and Peter Schwartz have added 11.

Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 14-7 at home under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, including a 3-3 mark in 2013. The Crimson boasts a 6-5 mark in Harvard Stadium and an 8-2 record at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Hats Off

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Daniel Eipp
Ryan Stevens
Alex White
Murphy Vandervelde
Devin Dwyer
Peter Schwartz

2013 Hat Tricks
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Career Hat Tricks
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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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