Mendola Earns Ivy League Player of the Week Honors

Mendola Earns Ivy League Player of the Week Honors

Mendola picks up the second player of the week honor for the Crimson this season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Gabriel Mendola has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week following his 20-of-26 performance at the faceoff X on Saturday at Cornell.

Mendola's efforts helped Harvard control the pace of play as it upset the then second-ranked Big Red, 14-9, marking the highest ranked opponent the Crimson has ever beaten. The Ithaca, N.Y., native went head-to-head with Doug Tesoriero, who entered the game ranked fourth nationally in career faceoff percentage, winning 17-of-23. Mendola also matched his career-high with 10 ground balls while playing in front of his hometown crowd.

Mendola has won 55.8 percent (82-142) of the faceoffs he has taken this season, and boasts a career win percentage of 56.3.

The award is the first of his career and second for the Crimson this season after junior Jake Gambitsky was recognized March 10. Mendola shares this award with Princeton senior Tom Schreiber who totaled four goals and three assists on Saturday versus Rutgers.

Harvard returns to action Tuesday, April 8 as it hosts Boston University at Harvard Stadium. The game will be simulcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network with first faceoff scheduled for 7 p.m.