Men's Lacrosse to Host Bryant at Soldiers Field

Men's Lacrosse to Host Bryant at Soldiers Field

Harvard and Bryant will meet for the first time Wednesday at 3 p.m. (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard men's lacrosse team will step away from Ivy League play to host Bryant at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium Wednesday, March 20 at 3 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to be played Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. but was postponed due to weather affecting the region.

A live video stream featuring Ben Altsher on the call will be available during Tuesday's game through by clicking here.

Last Time Out
The Harvard men's lacrosse team took a two-goal lead into the fourth quarter, but a 4-0 run put Brown over the top as the Bears stole a victory from the Crimson Saturday night, 11-9.

Devin Dwyer broke a 7-7 tie in the third quarter off a feed from Peter Schwartz and found Ryan Stevens for a score less than one minute later, putting the Crimson in front 9-7 heading into the final frame. Brown's Kylor Bellistri netted the equalizer with 9:06 remaining, however, and the Bears tacked on two more scores for the final two-goal margin.

Dwyer finished the night with four points on two goals and two assists. Alex White also scored two goals while Stevens added a goal and an assist.

Harvard won 19-of-24 face offs and dominated the X thanks to a 15-of-20 performance by Rick Molé. Gabriel Mendola was 4-of-4 on face offs and was credited with a career-high 10 ground balls.

Scouting Bryant
Bryant dropped a 17-15 decision to Albany on Saturday to fall to 0-6 on the year. The defending NEC champion, Bryant is coming off a 14-4 season in which it went 1-1 against Ivy League foes.

The Bulldogs are averaging just 8.67 goals per game while allowing opponents to score 10.90 goals per contest. Bryant has been stellar at the face off X, winning 67.2 percent of the draws, and is clearing at an 82.0 percent clip.

Alex Zomerfeld (10g, 6a) leads the team with 16 points while Colin Dunster (7g, 4a), Peter McMahon (3g, 8a) and Mason Poli (7g, 4a) have each added 11. Kevin Massa has taken every face off for the Bulldogs and is 92-of-137 at the X.

Tom Carey has seen the bulk of the action in goal and sports a 9.21 goals against average and a save percentage of 51.4 percent. Gunnar Waldt has also been between the pipes and owns a 13.54 goals against average with a save percentage of 43.9 percent.

Inside the Series
Tuesday's game will mark the first meeting ever between Harvard and Bryant.

Up Next
Harvard returns to Ivy League play this weekend with a contest at Dartmouth Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m.

Facing Off
Senior Rick Molé had a career day at the face off X against Brown, winning 15-of-20 draws while collecting four ground balls. Molé, who entered the year having taken just 32 face offs in his career, has won 52.3 percent of the face offs he has taken this season.

Staying Grounded
Junior Gabriel Mendola set a career-high with 10 ground balls at Brown. He is the first Crimson to recorded double-digit ground balls since Keegan Michel did so on April 10 of last season with 10 against Quinnipiac.

Young Gun
Freshman Devin Dwyer currently ranks 10th in the Ivy League with 16 points and is sixth in the conference with nine assists. Dwyer has recorded at least one point in each of Harvard's games this season and has tallied multiple points in the team's last four outings.

Getting Defensive
Freshmen Robert Duvnjak has started four games for the Crimson on defense and entered the week ranked fourth in the NCAA with 2.5 caused turnovers per game. Duvnjak made his collegiate debut against UMass and registered four caused turnovers, then added four more as Harvard defeated Georgetown.

Duvnjak's 10 caused turnovers are seven more than any other member of the Crimson while his 11 ground balls ranks second on the team.

White Hot
Senior Alex White registered a hat trick in each of the Crimson's first two games and is currently second on the team lead with 12 points (9g, 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.

Player of the Week
Goalkeeper Harry Krieger was named the NEILA Player of the Week on March 11 after recording 12 saves in Harvard's 8-6 win over Georgetown. Krieger turned away five shots in a clean fourth quarter to preserve the victory after allowing just two goals in the first half. The senior is the first Crimson to earn the award since Daniel Eipp took home the honors on March 27 of last season.

Sharing the Wealth
12 different members of the Crimson have combined to score 44 goals this season. Alex White leads the way with nine scores on the year, while Devin Dwyer has added seven. Daniel Eipp and Peter Schwartz have each tallied six goals.

Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 13-5 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 7-2 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.

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.

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