No. 14/15 Men’s Lacrosse Visits Holy Cross Tuesday

No. 14/15 Men’s Lacrosse Visits Holy Cross Tuesday

Jason Gonos collected five ground balls against Vermont Feb. 25 (Gil Talbot).

Story Line
The No. 14/15 Harvard men's lacrosse team is seeking its first 2-0 start since 2009, as the Crimson visits Holy Cross Tuesday afternoon for a 4 p.m. contest in Worcester, Mass. The Crimson sits at 1-0 after defeating Vermont, 11-4, in Harvard's home opener Feb. 25. The Crusaders stand at 1-1 after evening their record with a 15-14 win over Hartford in overtime Feb. 25.

Follow From Home
Holy Cross will offer a live blog of Tuesday's game against the Crimson.

Series History
Harvard has defeated Holy Cross in all 28 previous meetings between the schools. The Crimson has faced the Crusaders in each of the last 11 seasons, winning each year, including a 10-4 decision in 2011 in Cambridge, Mass.

Scouting The Crimson
In the season-opening win over Vermont, Harvard did not surrender a goal for more than 41 minutes between the first and four quarters and held the Catamounts without a single shot in the second stanza. Led by Keegan Michael, the Crimson won 11-of-19 faceoffs, as Michel claimed 8-of-12 draws. Michel also paced the Crimson with seven ground balls, while Daniel DiMaria collected six ground balls in a winning effort.

Daniel Eipp recorded a hat trick, and Kevin Vaughan tallied two goals and dished out two assists to guide the offense. Jeff Cohen and Carl Zimmerman each found the back of the net twice, helping Harvard to a 41-19 advantage in shots.

In goal, Harry Krieger recorded six saves and only allowed three goals in 58:16 of action. Harvard was 0-of-4 in man-up opportunities, while the Catamounts were 0-of-2.

Scouting the Crusaders
With 3:32 to play in overtime, Holy Cross's James Kennedy netted a man-up goal to give his team a sudden victory over Hartford, 15-14, Feb. 25. Kennedy paces the Crusaders with seven goals and 10 points on the season, while John Hannan has six tallies.

Matt Ward (12) and A.J. Guarante (11) pace the team in ground balls, while Guarante going 25-of-51 (.490) on faceoff chances.

Goalie Will Cummings stands at 1-1 overall and has made 18 saves, to go along with a .367 save percentage and a 15.44 goals-against mark.

On The Sideline
Chris Wojcik '96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, returns for his second season with the Crimson. He guided the team to a 3-3 Ivy record, as well as a 10-6 overall mark in his first year at the helm and now stands at 11-6 overall in his career.

Tewaaraton Watch List
Senior midfielder and co-captain Kevin Vaughan and senior long-stick midfielder Daniel DiMaria were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List prior to the season.  The two are included in a list of 50 men made up of the top lacrosse players across all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse and highlights the early hopefuls for the 2011 Tewaaraton Award honors.

Senior Leadership
Harvard will have three senior captains this season: Kevin Vaughan, Paul Pate and Terry White. Vaughan also served as a co-captain during his junior year last spring. 

Moving On Up
With two goals this season, Jeff Cohen ranks tied for ninth in the Harvard record books with 96 career goals. Cohen needs three more scores to tie Peter Predun '80 for eighth with 99 tallies. Cohen has amassed 113 points in his career (96-17-113). 

Crimson in MLL Draft
Last month, Kevin Vaughan and Daniel DiMaria were selected in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. Vaughan was chosen in the second round with the 14th overall pick by the Denver Outlaws, while DiMaria was taken in the sixth round with the 41st overall pick by the Charlotte Hounds.