Men's Lacrosse Looks for Second Straight Win Saturday at Georgetown
Schwartz has scored a least one point in five straight games entering Saturday's tilt at Georgetown (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's lacrosse team is headed back out on the road this weekend as it travels to our nation's capital to face Georgetown Saturday, March 8. First faceoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. and can be seen live online by clicking here.
The Hoyas will carry a 2-2 record into Saturday's contest after suffering two straight losses at Towson and Hofstra. Georgetown was right in both games, however, falling to the Tigers by a score of 8-7 and to the Pride by a 9-8 margin in overtime. The Hoyas began the year with victories over Mount St. Mary's (10-4) and Navy (9-8 OT), and are 1-0 at home at Multi-Sport Field.
Georgetown is averaging 8.5 goals per game paced by Peter Conley's 13 points. Conley leads the team in both goals (7) and assists (6), with Charles McCormick and Devon Lewis adding six goals apiece. Jeff Fountain ranks second in the team in points with four goals and three assists.
Jake Haley has played every minute in goal for the Hoyas and is allowing just 7.1 goals per game while posting a .567 save percentage. Tyler Knarr has likewise taken every faceoff, winning 60.3 percent at the X while collecting 33 ground balls.
John Urbank and Michael Mayer have helped to bolster the defensive third as each has caused six turnovers while picking up 10 ground balls.
Inside the Series
Georgetown owns a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series with Harvard despite the Crimson picking up an 8-6 victory over the Hoyas last year at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. Peter Schwartz and Carl Zimmerman each scored two goals in the win, with Devin Dwyer adding one goal and one assist.
The home team has never lost a game in the series between the teams, with Harvard owning a 2-0 record in Cambridge and Georgetown boasting a 3-0 mark in Washington.
Harvard will begin Ivy League play next week as it hosts Brown on Saturday, March 15. All of the action from Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network, with first faceoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's lacrosse team rallied from a one-goal deficit at halftime to defeat Quinnipiac Tuesday evening at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium, 10-8.
Harvard improved to 2-0 at home with the win which was highlighted by big hits on the defensive end and timely goals at the offensive end. After trailing 5-4 at half, the Crimson outscored Quinnipiac 4-2 in the third quarter to take an 8-7 lead, and sealed the victory with a Will Walker strike in the fourth.
In the Spotlight
Harvard will play three games at Harvard Stadium in front of a national audience on ESPN3. The Crimson's games versus Dartmouth (March 22), Boston University (April 8) and Princeton (April 19) will be simulcast on ESPN3, the WatchESPN App and the Ivy League Digital Network as part of an agreement between ESPN and Harvard Athletics.
Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, all of Harvard's home games and road Ivy League contests will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch games both live and On-Demand from their computers, tablets or smart phones, and will have access to live and On-Demand content for all Harvard events throughout the duration of their subscription.
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Turning Them Away
Junior Jake Gambitsky has been solid in goal for the Crimson and sports a 9.44 goals against average with a .512 save percentage. Gambitsky has recorded double-digit saves in three of Harvard's four contests this season, and matched his career-high with 12 on Tuesday versus Quinnipiac.
Harvard's sophomore class has accounted for 58 percent of the Crimson's offense this season. The group has totaled 36 of the team's 62 points, led by Will Walker (7g, 1a), Sean Mahon (3g, 4a), Deke Burns (5g, 1a) and Brendan Newman (4g, 2a).
At the X
Gabriel Mendola had a career day at the faceoff X against Quinnipiac, winning 14-of-20 faceoffs while collecting six ground balls. Mendola is 20-of-32 at the X this season, and has won 57.5 percent of the faceoffs he has taken for his career.
Sophomores Deke Burns and Will Walker had breakout performances against Holy Cross as each turned in their first career hat tricks. Burns totaled five points with four goals and one assist, with Walker registering four points on three goals and one assist. Burns entered the season having scored just five career points (1g, 4a) while Walker contributed 21 points (15g, 6a) as a freshman.
Point Scoring Streaks
Points During Streak
2014 Hat Tricks
Career Hat Tricks
Strength of Schedule
Eight of Harvard's 14 2014 opponents are currently ranked or receiving votes in either the Warrior Div. I Media Top 20 or the USILA Div. I Coaches Poll; Duke (3/4), North Carolina (8/6), UMass (10/9), Yale (11/10), Penn (13/14), Princeton (14/13), Cornell (15/15), Albany (17/18).
Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 17-9 at home under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse. The Crimson is an even 7-7 in Harvard Stadium, but boasts a 10-2 record at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.
Six members of the Harvard men's lacrosse team were honored by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) With inclusion on the Preseason All-NEILA teams. Daniel Eipp, Bobby Duvnjak and Stephen Jahelka were each named to the first team, while Devin Dwyer, Brian Fischer and Jake Gambitsky were tabbed to the second team.
Additionally, Dwyer was named as an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America honorable mention selection.
Related Link: Six Crimson Named to Preseason All-NEILA Teams
Daniel Eipp was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Rochester Rattlers. Eipp was chosen 32nd overall by the Rattlers, joining former Harvard standouts Kevin Vaughn '12 (2012 draft 14th overall, Denver Outlaws), Daniel DiMaria '12 (2012 draft 41st overall, Charlotte Hounds), Jason Duboe '10 (2010 draft 33rd overall, Boston Cannons) and Henry Flood '07 (2007 draft 32nd overall, Washington Bayhawks) as one of five Crimson to be selected in the draft.
Captaining the Ship
Seniors Joe Petrucci and Peter Schwartz were voted by their teammates as captains for the 2014 season. Petrucci, a defenseman, has started 23 of 37 games played throughout his career including 13 of 14 contests a year ago. Schwartz, an All-Ivy League and NEILA All-New England second team selection in 2013, ranked second on the team in points (34), goals (18) and assists (16) as a junior.
"I am pleased to announce Joe Petrucci and Peter Schwartz as our team captains for the 2013-14 school year," Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, stated. "Joe and Peter are young men of high character, and they have established themselves as strong leaders over their Harvard lacrosse careers. Both seniors possess an outstanding work ethic, a commitment to success, and are respected members of the overall Harvard community."
Welcome to Cambridge
Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse has once again assembled one of the top recruiting classes in the nation with the addition of nine freshmen for the 2014 season. Harvard's Class of 2017 has been ranked as the seventh-best recruiting class by Inside Lacrosse and features four individuals ranked in the top 100.
"We are happy to welcome the class of 2017 to campus," Wojcik commented. "The class embodies high character, talent and a strong collective work ethic. The nine young men hail from eight different states, and are a product of strong high school programs."
Harvard has boasted a top 10 recruiting class each of the last five years, including third-ranked classes in 2011 and 2009, and the fourth-ranked class a year ago.
At the Helm
Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, is in his fourth season at the helm of the Crimson. Wojcik has posted a 22-22 record over his first three years, including a 10-6 campaign as a rookie head coach which saw the Crimson reach the Ivy League Tournament championship game.
12 Crimson have been named All-Ivy League since Wojcik's arrival, including four members of the first team. Harvard has also seen 12 players be named to the NEILA All-New England Teams with Daniel Eipp and Devin Dwyer picking up rookie of the year honors in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Harvard has earned five victories over ranked opponents under Wojcik's guidance, four of which have come at home.
As a two-sport standout as a member of the Crimson, Wojcik earned lacrosse All-America honors in 1996 after captaining Harvard to the NCAA tournament. He led the Crimson to a 15-12 victory against Hofstra in the first round of the tournament before the team fell to Virginia in the national quarterfinals. Wojcik completed his career with 134 points on 89 goals and 45 assists, placing him first among midfielders and 15th overall all-time on the program's scoring list.
In addition to his honors on the lacrosse field, Wojcik served as captain of the Harvard soccer team, earning two All-Ivy League honors and leading the team to an Ivy League title and an NCAA tournament appearance in the fall of 1994.