Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Returns Home to Host Georgetown Friday

The Storyline
The Harvard men’s lacrosse team returns home this week to host Georgetown Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

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Last Time Out
The Harvard men’s lacrosse team could not withstand a strong second-half surge by Hofstra on Saturday as the Pride earned a 10-5 victory over the Crimson.

Daniel Eipp and Devin Dwyer each recorded three points with a pair of goals and an assist apiece. Dwyer has now registered nine points over the last two games and is tied with Alex White, who scored his seventh goal of the season on Saturday, for the team lead in points at 10. Peter Schwartz and Pat Fiorvanti were both credited with one assist.

Harry Krieger made nine saves in goal as Hofstra won 12-of-17 face offs. The Pride also capitalized on 3-of-6 extra-man opportunities while Harvard went 0-for-4 on the day. The Crimson was able to control possession for much of the first half and outshot Hofstra 39-31 for the game, but put just 11 shots on goal against 19 for the Pride.

Scouting Georgetown
Georgetown, which is receiving votes in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, will carry a 2-1 record into Friday’s matchup. The Hoyas have played three straight one-goal games to opening the year, including back-to-back overtime affairs against Lafayette (L, 11-10) and Nagy (W, 9-8). Georgetown most recently defeated Dartmouth, 10-9.

The Hoyas have averaged 9.67 goals per game while allowing just 9.33 goals thanks to one of the nation’s stingiest defenses. Georgetown currently ranks fifth in the NCAA in ground balls (37.3) and is ninth nationally in caused turnovers (10.0).

Brian Casey leads the attacking unit with 11 points on seven goals and four assists. Jeff Fountain has chipped in 10 points (5g, 5a) while Reilly O’Connor has tallied nine (4g, 5a). Tyler Knarr has controlled the face off X, winning 24-of-41 face offs, and has collected a team-high 19 ground balls. Alex Joyce has added 18 ground balls with Brennan Bicknese’s six caused turnovers pacing the squad.

Alex Joyce has posted a 1-1 record in goal with a 9.30 goals against average and a .500 save percentage. Jake Haley made his first career start in net against the Big Green and was named the BIG EAST’s Defensive Player of the Week after posting 17 saves to earn the victory.

Inside the Series
Friday’s game between the Crimson and Hoyas will mark the fifth consecutive season that the teams have squared off. Georgetown owns a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series, including an 11-10 victory last year in Washington, D.C. Daniel Eipp and Jeff Cohen ’12 each totaled five points on three goals and two assists in the loss, while Harry Krieger made 12 saves in goal.

Up Next
Harvard will open Ivy League play next week when it visits Brown Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m.

White Hot
Senior Alex White registered a hat trick in each of the Crimson’s first two games and is tied for the team lead with 10 points (7g, 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 eighth in the Ivy League in points per game (3.33) and is ninth in goals per game (2.33).

Young Gun
Freshman Devin Dwyer has been in the starting lineup for each of the Crimson’s games this season and is currently tied for the team lead in points with 10 (4g, 6a). Dwyer turned in a season-high six points in the team’s win over Holy Cross with two goals and four assists, and added three points at Hofstra (2g, 1a).

Dwyer currently ranks third in the Ivy League and 14th in the NCAA in assists per game (2.00), and is eighth in points per game (3.33).

Getting Defensive
Freshmen Robert Duvnjak has appeared in two games for the Crimson, both starts, and leads the team with six caused turnovers. Duvnjak made his collegiate debut against UMass and registered four caused turnovers, then added a pair of caused turnovers as Harvard visited Hofstra.

Sharing the Wealth
11 different members of the Crimson have combined to score 27 goals this season. Alex White leads the way with seven scores on the year, while Devin Dwyer, Daniel Eipp and Peter Schwartz have added four goals apiece.

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.

Photo courtesy Gil Talbot