Men's Lacrosse Welcomes No. 16/14 Penn to Harvard Stadium Saturday

Men's Lacrosse Welcomes No. 16/14 Penn to Harvard Stadium Saturday

The Crimson look to move back to .500 in conference play Saturday versus No. 16/15 Penn (Gil Talbot).

The Storyline
The Harvard men's lacrosse team will look to make a push towards the Ivy League Tournament as it hosts No. 16/14 Penn Saturday, April 13 at Harvard Stadium. First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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Where We Stand
Harvard is currently tied with Brown for fifth place in the Ivy League standings with a 1-2 conference mark. Cornell sits atop the standings with a 4-0 record as Princeton is a close second with a 2-1 mark. Penn and Yale are tied for third place at 2-2.

The top four teams in the league standings will make the 2013 Ivy League Tournament set to be played May 3-5 on the campus of the No. 1 seed.

Last Time Out
The Harvard men's lacrosse team got back on the winning track Tuesday with an 18-8 victory at Quinnipiac.

13 different members of the Crimson scored at least one goal as Harvard turned in its greatest offensive output since an 18-4 drubbing of Quinnipiac last year. Devin Dwyer led the way with two goals and four assists for a total of six points as Brendan Newman registered three goals for his first career hat trick. Jack Walker (2g, 1a) and Ian Ardrey (2g, 1a) also scored multiple goals with Deke Burns (1g, 3a) adding the first points of his career.

Harry Krieger was solid in goal, making nine saves against six goals in 45:00 of action to pick up the win. Rick Molé and Gabriel Mendola collected seven ground balls and six ground balls, respectively, and Molé was 9-of-16 at the X despite Quinnipiac holding a 15-14 edge on face offs for the day. Additionally, Harvard was 13-of-15 on clear attempts and 4-of-4 on the man advantage while the Bobcats went 10-of-11 in transition and converted 1-of-4 man-up opportunities.

Scouting Penn
Penn earned a 10-3 victory at Brown on Saturday to improve to 6-3 overall, 2-2 in the Ivy League, and end a two-game losing streak. The Quakers enter the weekend ranked 16th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and 14th the USILA Coaches' Poll, and own the best man-up offense in the country with a .542 conversion rate.

Tim Schwalje boasts a team-best 30 points on 12 goals and 18 assists. Zack Losco is second on the team with 19 points (16g, 3a) while both Isaac Bock (15g, 3a) and Drew Belinsky (11g, 7a) have added 18 points.

Brian Feeney has played every minute in goal for the Quakers and sports a 7.97 goals against average, ninth best in the NCAA, with a .581 save percentage, 12th best in the country. Penn has won 51.6 percent of its face offs thanks to specialist Danny Feeney who owns a .550 win percentage on the year. Feeney has also collected a team-leading 48 ground balls while Anthony Santomo has caused 19 turnovers.

Inside the Series
Harvard leads the all-time series with Penn, 43-36-2, despite dropping a 13-11 contest last season in Philadelphia. Jeff Cohen '12 totaled five points on the day with three goals and two assists as Kevin Vaughan '12 added two goals and one assist. Jake Gambitsky made 12 saves in goal.

Up Next
The Crimson will head out on the road for the final time in 2013 as it faces No. 9/10 Princeton Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m. live on ESPNU.

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 20 goals on the man-advantage while converting on 44.4 percent of its opportunities, second best in the conference. The Crimson has scored 14 man-up goals in its last four games, including four against Cornell and Quinnipiac.

Rookie of the Week
Freshmen Devin Dwyer was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on April 8 for his five-point performance against No. 2/2 Cornell. Dwyer found the back of the net twice against the Big Red, and handed out three assists. Dwyer has also been named to the Ivy League's Honor Roll three times, most among the Crimson.

Young Gun
Freshman Devin Dwyer currently leads the team and ranks sixth in the conference with 35 points. His 20 assists are also a team-high and are second best in the conference while his 15 goals rank second among the Crimson, 17th in the Ancient Eight.

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 10 of Harvard's 11 contests this year. He is 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.

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 the week ranked 29th in the NCAA with a 9.92 goals against average. His .546 save percentage was 22nd best while his 11.8 saves per game paced the conference and ranked 16th nationally.

Step Your Game Up
Sophomore Murphy Vandervelde, who had totaled zero goals in the first seven appearances of his career, has scored 10 goals over the team's last five outings including a pair of hat tricks 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.

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 weekend with a team-high 18 goals and ranked third overall on the squad with 23 points (18g, 5a) 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 .520 winning percentage at the X this season and ranks third in the Ivy League with 93 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
19 different members of the Crimson have combined to score 108 goals this season. Alex White leads the way with 18 tallies on the year, while Devin Dwyer and Peter Schwartz have added 15 goals apiece.

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.

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
Brendan Newman

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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