Harvard Men's Lacrosse Opens Up Ivy League Play Hosting Brown

Sophomore Daniel Eipp stands second on the team in points with 10 goals eight asists for 18 points. (Gil Talbot)

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The Particulars 
The Harvard men's lacrosse team, which enters the weekend at 2-3, will play its third home game of the season, when it takes on Brown on March  17. The game is slated for 7 p.m.

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Series History
Harvard and Brown have met 68 times, with Harvard holding a 39-29 lead in the series which began in 1925. Harvard had been on a three-game losing streak to the bears beginning in 2008, but was able to snap that skid with a  11-7 victory in Providence, R.I., last season. 

Strength Of Schedule
Seven of Harvard's 13 regular-season games are against schools ranked in this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse Men's Division I poll.  The Crimson is 0-3 against ranked teams this spring, falling to No. 19 Hofstra,  No. 18 Georgetown and No. 14 Duke. 

Going Streaking
Jeff Cohen has been one of Harvard's most consistent scorers in his four years in Cambridge. The senior had his 34-game point streak snapped by Cornell last season on April 9. However the senior has started another streak as he's scored in five-straight games to start 2012. Likewise Cohen is now fourth in Harvard history in goals with 112 in his career. 

Scouting the Crimson
After starting the season 2-0, recording wins over Vermont and Holy Cross, Harvard has hit a stumbling block the last three games falling to No. 19 Hofstra, No. 18 Georgetown and most recently No. 14 Duke. On Saturday Harvard tallied three goals in the final stanza but was unable to close the gap against the Hoyas as the team was edged by Georgetown, 11-10. Against the Blue Devils on Monday, Harvard entered halftime tied 4-4 with its foe from North Carolina, however a disastrous third quarter put Harvard at an 11-4 deficit. The Crimson got the offense going in the fourth, scoring four-straight markers but the lead proved too much as Duke prevailed 11-8. 

Led by Jeff Cohen (18-3-21), three Harvard players have reached double figures in scoring after five games with the others being Daniel Eipp (5-10-18) and Kevin Vaughn (6-6-11). 
At the faceoff circle, Keegan Michel has won 47-of-80 chances (.587), while Sean Mahon has also seen time taking draws going 6-of-12 (.500).

In net, Harry Krieger owns a 7.41 goals-against average to go along with a .561 save percentage. Krieger has earned both victories and has made 37 saves in net for the Crimson this spring.

Harvard has not been outscored in any quarters this season and holds a decided advantage in the final two stanzas outscoring its opponents 31-20 in those two periods. The team has also outscored its opponents 53-42 through its five games so far this year. The Crimson has also mustered 187 shots, including 110 on target.

Harvard has a 1-1 record at home, and  is 1-2 on the road this fall, defeating Holy Cross. The Cirmson has nine games remaining in the regular season, five of which will be played at Harvard Stadium, while four will be road contests.

Keegan Michel leads the Crimson with 24 ground balls on the season. Jason Gonos and Eric Slingerland  have 15 and 14 respectively, while Eipp has picked up 10 ground balls.

Cohen and Eipp pace the Crimson with three and two man-up goals apiece, as Harvard is 6-of-24 on man-up opportunities (.250). The Crimson has held opponents to seven man-up markers in 20 attempts.

Scouting The Bears
The Bears enter the matchup with a 2-2 record after winning their last game, 11-3, at Saint Joseph's. Sam Hurster tallied three goals while goalie Will Round made 12 saves in the winning effort. 

Brown brings a 2-0 road record to Harvard Stadium after downing Quinnipiac and Saint Joseph's away from Providence. Parker Brown leads the Bears in points with six goals, four assists and 10 points,

In the faceoff circle Capone has been team's top player on the draw, as he has successfully won 25 of 42 attempts (.595). Daniel Mellynchuk has also seen time taking faceoffs as he is 9 of 18 (.474).

In net Round has seen the majority of time as he owns a 9.55 goals against average, with a .547 save percentage. He has made 41 saves this season and is 2-2.
Tommy Capone leads the Bears defensive efforts with 17 ground balls while  Phil Pierce paces
Brown in caused turnovers with seven.

Brown has been fairly stingy when it comes to allowing man-up tallies as opponents are 2-13 against the Bears penalty kill, while Brown is 2-15 in man-up conversions.  Hurster and George Sherman have scored both of Brown's man-up markers this season.

Brown is on the wrong side of the scoring margin so far this season as opposing teams have outscored the bears 42-36. The Bears have been a better first-half team this season as they have scored eight first quarter goals and allowed nine, while they hold a 13-10 advantage in scoring in the second stanza. Teams have outscored the Bears in the second half as opponents have found the back of the net 23 times while the Bears have only scored 15 in the second half.