Men's Lacrosse Travels to Quinnipiac Tuesday for Final Non-Conference Action

Men's Lacrosse Travels to Quinnipiac Tuesday for Final Non-Conference Action

The Crimson, unbeaten all-time against Quinnipiac, will play its final non-conference game Tuesday against the Bobcats (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard men's lacrosse team will step away from conference play for the final time in 2013 as it travels to Quinnipiac Tuesday, April 13 for a 4 p.m. face off.

Last Time Out
The Harvard men's lacrosse team took a 12-9 lead over No. 2/2 Cornell with 9:48 remaining but succumbed to a late rally as the Big Red stormed back for a 14-12 victory Saturday afternoon in front of 3,043 fans at Harvard Stadium.

Cornell ended the day on a 5-0 run to overcome its deficit and remain unbeaten in Ivy League play. Conor Buczek and Rob Pannell began the flurry which was finished by Max Van Bourgondien who scored three straight goals in 1:46 to steal the win.

Devin Dwyer turned in a five-point performance to lead the Harvard (4-6, 1-2 Ivy League) attack with two goals and three assists. The freshmen added two ground balls and caused one turnover. Peter Schwartz netted three goals for his second hat trick of the year and added one assist, as Alex White and Murphy Vandervelde chipped in two goals apiece. Harry Krieger came away with 15 saves in goal, and Rick Molé went 16-of-27 at the X and picked up a career-high nine ground balls to help Harvard to a 17-29 advantage on face offs.

Scouting Quinnipiac
The Bobcats picked up a 12-8 win over Mount St. Mary's on Saturday to end a five game skid and improve to 4-5 overall and 1-1 in North Eastern Conference play.

Michael Sagl leads the Quinnipiac attack with 31 points on 15 goals and 16 assists. Pat Corcoran (11g, 6a), Basil Kostaras (13g, 4a) and Brendan Wilbur (12g, 5a) have each added 17 points. Dylan Webster serves as the team's face off specialist and is 79-of-160 at the X with a team leading 65 ground balls.

Gill Conners has started all nine games in goal and owns a 4-5 record. Conners has allowed 10.55 goals per game while saving 57.1 percent of shots. Greg Pendergast and Jay Binkowski have each caused nine turnovers while picking up 17 ground balls and 11 ground balls, respectively.

Inside the Series
Harvard is undefeated in four meetings all-time against Quinnipiac. The Crimson defeated the Bobcats 18-4 last season in Cambridge behind a five-point effort from Will Walker (4g, 1a). Daniel Eipp (2g, 2a) added four points as 11 Crimson found the back of the net. Jake Gambitsky, meanwhile, made three saves while playing 43:11 in goal to record the win.

Up Next
The Crimson returns home to Harvard Stadium Saturday, April 13 to face Penn at 1 p.m.

Captain Jason Gonos was one of 10 NCAA lacrosse student-athletes selected as a finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate men's lacrosse. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 

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

Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through May 13. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

Taking Advantage
Harvard leads the Ivy League with 16 goals on the man-advantage while converting on 38.1 percent of its opportunities, third best in the conference. The Crimson has scored 10 man-up goals in its last three games, including four against No. 2/2 Cornell.

Young Gun
Freshman Devin Dwyer opened his career scoring in seven straight games, including a streak of five games in which he tallied multiple points, and has scored in nine of Harvard's 10 contests this year. He currently leads the team with 29 points and 16 assists, while his 13 goals rank third.

Dwyer has been named to the Ivy League's Honor Roll three times, most among the Crimson, while vying to become the first freshman to lead Harvard in scoring since Jeff Cohen '12 in 2009. Cohen tallied 41 points that season on 34 goals and seven assists.

Step Your Game Up
Sophomore Murphy Vandervelde, who had totaled zero goals in the first seven appearances of his career, has scored nine goals over the team's last four outings including a pair of hat tricks last week against Albany and No. 12/10 Duke. Vandervelde notched his first career tally in a 9-6 win at Dartmouth before recording three goals in back-to-back games against the Great Danes and Blue Devils.

Player of the Week
Goalkeeper Harry Krieger has earned a pair of player of the week honors this season, most recently receiving the award from the Ivy League on March 25. The senior turned away 28 shots while allowing just 11 goals as the Crimson defeated both Bryant and Dartmouth, finishing the week with a .718 save percentage and a 5.50 goals against average. Krieger was also named the NEILA Player of the Week on March 11 after recording 12 saves in Harvard's 8-6 win over Georgetown.

Krieger entered last week ranked 28th in the NCAA with a 9.46 goals against average. His .548 save percentage was 24th best in the country while his 11.33 saves per game paced the conference and ranked 19th nationally.

The Crimson won two straight games and three of four between March 9 and March 23. Harvard last won three straight games in 2011 when it defeated Princeton, Yale and Penn to reach the Ivy League Tournament finals.

Getting Defensive
Freshmen Robert Duvnjak has started nine games for the Crimson on defense and currently leads the team with 13 caused turnovers while ranking fourth with 20 ground balls. Duvnjak made his collegiate debut against UMass and registered four caused turnovers, then added four more as Harvard defeated Georgetown.

White Hot
Senior Alex White registered a hat trick in each of the Crimson's first two games and he enters the week with a team-high 17 goals and ranked third overall on the squad with 21 points (17g, 4a) 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.

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, boasts a .515 winning percentage at the X this season and ranks third in the Ivy League with 84 face offs won.

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.

Sharing the Wealth
17 different members of the Crimson have combined to score 90 goals this season. Alex White leads the way with 17 tallies on the year, while Peter Schwartz and Devin Dwyer have added 14 goals and 13 goals, respectively.

Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 14-8 at home under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, including a 3-4 mark in 2013. The Crimson boasts a 6-6 mark in Harvard Stadium and an 8-2 record at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Hats Off

Daniel Eipp
Ryan Stevens
Alex White
Peter Schwartz
Murphy Vandervelde
Devin Dwyer

2013 Hat Tricks

Career Hat Tricks

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.

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