Men's Lacrosse Faces First Road Test Saturday at Hofstra

Men's Lacrosse Faces First Road Test Saturday at Hofstra

Harvard will play on the road for the first time in 2013 at Hofstra Saturday (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard men's lacrosse team will play its third game in an eight-day span when it travels to Hofstra Saturday, March 2 for a 1 p.m. showdown at James H. Stuart Stadium.

Fans unable to attend the game can follow all of the action live online by clicking here. The game will also be broadcast by Verizon Fios1 Sports on a tape delay basis in the Long Island, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. markets.

Last Time Out
Nine different Crimson scored a goal Tuesday night as the Harvard men's lacrosse team picked up a 16-12 win over Holy Cross at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Peter Schwartz and Alex White led the offensive attack with a hat trick and five points each. Schwartz turned in his first career hat trick with four goals and one assist, while White scored three goals for the second consecutive game to go with two assists. Devin Dwyer and Daniel Eipp both registered two goals in the victory as Jason Gonos, Sean McDonagh, Henry Mumford, Brendan Newman and Brian O'Toole tallied one apiece. Dwyer added four assists, finishing his day with a team-high six points.

Harry Krieger came away with 11 saves in goal to improve to 1-1 on the year. He was aided by Gabriel Mendola and Pat Fiorvanti who each recorded career-highs with seven ground balls and five ground balls, respectively. Mendola (9-14) and Rick Molé (12-19) combined to win 21-of-33 face offs.

Scouting Hofstra
The Pride will carry a 2-1 record into Saturday's meeting after most recently posting an impressive in over No. 13 Fairfield, 9-2. Seven different players got on the scoreboard against the Stags while sophomore goalie Chris Selva posted eight saves.

Leading the Hofstra attack is Torin Varn who has already posted career highs for goals and points with 11 scores. Sam Llinares has added seven goals and four assists to match Varn's 11 points while Lance Yapor has notched six points (2g, 4a). John Antoniades has a team best 16 ground balls and has won 26-of-56 face offs.

Selva has played every minute in goal for the Pride and sports a 2-1 record with a 7.00 goals against average and a .571 save percentage.

Hofstra is averaging 10.00 goals per game and has won 45.6 percent of face offs. The Pride is 7-of-14 in man advantage situations and has turned the ball over 37 times this year. The defense, meanwhile, has allowed just 7.00 goals against thanks in part to 43 caused turnovers.

Inside the Series
Hofstra owns a 10-8-1 advantage in the all-time series and has won each of the last four meetings between the teams. Last season, the Pride and Crimson met in Cambridge in what proved to be a defensive struggle as Hofstra walked away with a 7-6 victory. Jeff Cohen '12 scored a game-high three goals to pace the Harvard offense while Eric Slingerland added a goal and Daniel Eipp notched an assist.

Up Next
Harvard will return to Cambridge next week to host Georgetown Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

White Hot
Senior Alex White has registered a hat trick in each of the Crimson's first two games and boasts a team best nine points (6g, 3a) from the midfield. White entered the season with 31 career points (19g, 12a) after having played in 41 of Harvard's 42 games over the previous three seasons.

White currently ranks second in the Ivy League in goals per game (3.00) and points per game (4.50).

Young Gun
Freshman Devin Dwyer has been in the starting lineup for each of the Crimson's games this season and currently ranks second on the team with seven points (2g, 5a). Dwyer registered an assist in his first contest against UMass, and then turned in an impressive two-goal, four-assist performance against Holy Cross on Tuesday.

Dwyer currently ranks fourth in the Ivy League in assists per game (2.50) and points per game (3.50).

Man Up/Down
Harvard has been efficient in its man advantage opportunities, scoring three goals on eight attempts for a conversion rate of 37.5 percent. Henry Mumford has netted two goals when the Crimson is a man up while Alex White has tallied the team's third goal. Last year, Harvard converted on 37.0 percent (20-54) of its man advantage situations.

Defensively, the Crimson has limited its opponents to just two goals in seven opportunities for a conversion rate of 28.6 percent. Harvard opponents scored on only 28.9 percent (13-45) of its man up opportunities a year ago. Harvard also boasts one man down goal on the year thanks to White, matching its total from 2012.

Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 12-5 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 6-2 record at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Hats Off

Daniel Eipp
Ryan Stevens
Alex White
Peter Schwartz

2013 Hat Tricks

Career Hat Tricks

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 were recognized with preseason honors, including Daniel Eipp who was named to the 2013 Tewaaraton Watch List. Eipp and Jason Gonos were also named preseason All-America honorable mention selections by Inside Lacrosse, while Eipp and Alex White were named to the preseason All-NEILA team while Devin Dwyer was named NEILA's preseason rookie of the year.

In the Spotlight
The Crimson will play twice in front of a national television audience in 2013 beginning with its March 30 meeting with 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 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.

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."

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 16-15 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.