Men's Lacrosse Opens 2013 at Home Versus No. 7/5 UMass

Men's Lacrosse Opens 2013 at Home Versus No. 7/5 UMass

Harvard will host two games at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium to open the 2013 campaign (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The 90th season of Harvard men's lacrosse will get underway this weekend as the Crimson hosts No. 7/5 UMass Saturday, Feb. 23 at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. First draw is slated for 1 p.m.

Parking Advisory for Harvard Athletics Feb. 22-24
Due to construction on North Harvard Street and the Anderson Memorial Bridge, fans traveling to Harvard home events this weekend are advised to allow more time to arrive. Additionally, Harvard athletics has several home contests slated for Feb. 22-24, and with many events occurring at the same time, fans should allow more time to arrive and park their vehicles in the appropriate Harvard parking areas.

More information on directions to the Harvard Athletics Complex is available here.

In the Spotlight
The Crimson will play twice in front of a national television audience in 2013 beginning with its March 30 meeting with No. 13/14 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 No. 14/13 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 while the Crimson's nationally televised matchup with No. 13/14 Duke will be available for on-demand viewing shortly after its completion.

A full season pass can be purchased for $59.95 while single event subscriptions will be offered for $9.95. The full season pass will give fans access to each of the eight games streamed live as well as access to the on-demand archive for all nine home contests.

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The Men of Harvard Lacrosse
The Crimson returns 26 letterwinners to the field in 2013 led by senior captain Jason Gonos. Gonos is coming off a season in which he recorded career-highs with 33 groundballs and 14 caused turnovers, both of which ranked second on the team. The Annapolis, Md., native was tabbed as an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America honorable mention selection and will be joined in the defensive third by Joe Petrucci who made seven starts a year ago.

Daniel Eipp, who is coming off a gold medal performance with the U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team at the 2012 Lacrosse World Championships this summer, is the team's top returning scorer and ranks second in scoring among Ivy League returnees. Eipp registered 42 points on 24 goals and 18 assists as a sophomore and ranked 47th in the NCAA in points per game (3.00), 50th in assists per game (1.29 apg) and 76th in goals per game (1.71). Carl Zimmerman (5-6-11) and Jack Walker (7-1-8) also return.

Senior Harry Krieger and sophomore Jake Gambitsky saw the bulk of the action in goal for the Crimson in 2012. Krieger posted an 8.42 goals against average and a .510 save percentage while Gambitsky allowed 10.61 goals per game and notched a .471 save percentage. The two started 13 of 14 games a year ago.

Fresh Faces, New Places
Chris Wojcik '96, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, has added 9 freshmen to the Crimson roster for the 2013 season. The Class of 2016 was ranked as the fourth-best recruiting class in the nation by Inside Lacrosse and features six student-athletes ranked in the top 100.

This year's group of newcomers includes Inside Lacrosse's No. 2 recruit in defenseman Bobby Duvnjak, the No. 4 recruit in attackman Devin Dwyer and the No. 22 recruit in attackman Ian Ardrey. They will be accompanied by No. 27 Walker Kirby, No. 52 Sean McDonagh, No. 68 Deke Burns, as well as Bryan Moore, Conor Murphy, and Brendan Newman.

Scouting No. 7/5 UMass
The Minutemen, who were ranked seventh in this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and fifth in the USILA Coaches' Poll, enter play Saturday with an unblemished 2-0 record. The squad started the year off with a comfortable 16-9 victory over Army before erasing a four-goal fourth quarter deficit to upset No. 7/4 North Carolina, 12-11.

UMass has averaged 14.00 goals per game through its first two contests led by Andrew Sokol who has posted nine points on five goals and four assists. Matt Whippen (6-2-8) and Kyle Smith (4-4-8) have added eight points apiece to round out the attack. In goal, Zachary Oliveri has allowed just 9.69 goals against while notching a .587 save percentage in goal. Midfielder Joe Calvello has nine ground balls to help the Minutemen to a 69-62 advantage in that category and has won 27-of-53 face offs he has taken.

UMass is coming off a season in which it finished 15-1 after winning each of its first 15 games to begin the year. The Minutemen earned the six seed in the NCAA Tournament but were upset by Colgate in the first round, 13-11.

Inside the Series
Harvard trails UMass 13-30 in the all-time series and dropped a 16-8 decision to the Minutemen last season in Amherst. Alex White led the Crimson attack on that day with his first career hat trick while Jake Gambitsky registered 11 saves in net. Harvard had won two straight against UMass prior to last year's meeting and has taken three of the last five games played between the teams.

Up Next
The Crimson will host Holy Cross Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. before heading out on the road for the first time to face No. 19/20 Hofstra.

Jason Gonos has been named as one of 20 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

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

To read Gonos' full Senior CLASS Award bio, click here.

Preseason Plaudits
Several members of the Crimson have been recognized with preseason honors, including Daniel Eipp and Jason Gonos who were named preseason All-America honorable mention selections by Inside Lacrosse. Additionally, Eipp and Alex White were named to the preseason All-NEILA team while Devin Dwyer was named NEILA's preseason rookie of the year.

Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 11-4 at home under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse. This includes a 6-3 mark in Harvard Stadium and a 5-1 record at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Hats Off

Daniel Eipp
Ryan Stevens
Alex White

Career Hat Tricks

On the Sidelines
Chris Wojcik '96 is in his third season as The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse. Wojcik carries an overall record of 16-14 into the year and has coached two All-American's and seven All-Ivy League selections while at the helm of the Crimson.

Joining Wojcik on the sideline this season are Ryan Glennon, Adam Ghitelman and Ben Smith '10. Glennon is in this third season with the team while Ghitelman begins his second and Smith enters his first.

Captain Crim
Senior defenseman Jason Gonos was voted as the team's captain for the 2013 season. Gonos is the 151st captain in program history and the first individual to serve as captain since Jeff Psaki '00 in 2000.

"Jason is a young man of impeccable character and is an outstanding leader," commented Chris Wojcik, the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse. "The program is fortunate to have Jason as our Captain and I am looking forward to working closely with him over the course of the year."