Will Roller and the rest of the Crimson will look to get off to a fast start in CWPA play this weekend (Photo credit: Justin Agaloos).
Storyline (5-5, 0-0 CWPA North)
Harvard opens up conference play this weekend with four games in three days. The Crimson will sandwich home games against Fordham and Iona Saturday with trips to MIT Friday and Connecticut College Sunday.
Schedule of Events
At MIT, Friday, 8 p.m.
Fordham, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Iona, Saturday, 9 p.m.
At Connecticut College, Sunday, 1 p.m.
Fans have the opportunity to watch Friday night's match against MIT live on MIT's pay-per-view website. For more information, click here. The Connecticut College game will also be streamed, and fans can view that by clicking here.
Saturday's contest against Fordham is part of Harvard's Student Rewards Program. H shield water bottles will be given to all students in attendance. Students can also swipe their student ID for entry to the grand prize drawing, which will be announced at the Dec. 1 men's basketball game against Fordham.
Last Time Out
Harvard hosted the North-South Challenge this past weekend and went 2-1 in the event to claim fifth place. The Crimson dropped its opener to Bucknell, 11-3, before rebounding with victories over Mercyhurst, 16-9, and George Washington, 15-13.
The freshman class has been leading the way through the first three weekends of the season. Blake Lee is tops on the squad with 23 goals and 15 assists and second with 15 steals. Classmate Noah Harrison leads the team in steals with 20 and is third in goals with 13, while Ben Zepfel is now second in goals with 18. Robbie Fluegge has also been a strong contributor tallying eight goals and eight steals, and Colin Woolway has made 38 saves in goal while splitting time with junior Jimmy Field.
Rookies of the Week
Two different freshmen have been named the CWPA Northern Division Rookie of the Week in the first three weeks of the season. Ben Zepfel was named Rookie of the Week for Sept. 17 after his performance at the North-South Challenge where he scored 11 goals in three games, including a five-goal effort against Mercyhurst. Noah Harrison earned the other Rookie of the Week nod Sept. 3 after scoring six goals and recording five steals at the Labor Day Invite.
Harvard takes on four opponents that it has had quite a bit of success against over the years. The Crimson leads the all-time series against all four opponents by at least 10 wins. Harvard is undefeated against Connecticut College (16-0) and leads the all-time series with MIT (75-20), Fordham (24-14) and Iona (28-17). In their most recent meetings, Harvard topped Central Connecticut, 16-7, and Iona, 13-10, but fell to MIT, 19-7, and Fordham, 10-9.
The Engineers enter this weekend's showdown with a 4-6 mark on the season. Freshman Kale Rogers leads the team with 37 goals, while classmate Ory Tasman is second with 24. On the defensive end, senior Kevin Hsiue has made 70 saves and allowed 59 goals.
The Rams' offensive struggles have led to a slow start to the 2012 campaign. Fordham sits at 1-10 and is averaging less than seven goals per game. Nicholas Allen has paced the Rams with a team-high 19 goals, and Andrew Gonzalez is second with 13 tallies. Davis DeFontes is the only other player in double figures with 10 goals.
For the second straight week, the Gaels (1-6) will make the trip north to Cambridge. Iona finished eighth in the North-South Challenge after dropping matches to Princeton, 16-6, George Washington, 15-6, and Mercyhurst, 17-14, to run its losing streak to six straight games. Five different players tied for the team lead with three goals in the event, while Stefen Hill made 28 saves in goal.
The Camels opened their season by going 1-3 last weekend at the Navy Invitational. After besting Penn State Behrend, 16-8, in its opener, Connecticut College dropped the final three games to Navy, 25-8, Johns Hopkins, 17-5, and Washington & Jefferson, 12-11. Senior Sam Burns paced the team with 12 goals and seven steals, while Nick DiLeo added eight goals, four assists and four steals.