Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Opens Ivy League Play Saturday at Brown

Harvard will look for its third straight win over Brown on Saturday

The Storyline
The Harvard men’s lacrosse team will open Ivy League play this weekend as it travels to Brown Saturday, March 16 for a 7 p.m. meeting under the lights at Cliff Stevenson Field.

A live video stream will be available during Saturday’s game through BrownBears.com by clicking here.

Last Time Out
Harry Krieger made 12 saves, including five in a flawless fourth quarter, to backstop the Harvard men’s lacrosse team to a back-and-forth 8-6 win against Georgetown Saturday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Daniel Eipp scored to break a 5-5 tie in the third quarter and put Harvard ahead to stay. The junior previously set up the tying goal by Ryan Stevens and finished with three assists and a game-high four points. Peter Schwartz logged two goals and an assist for the Crimson, while Carl Zimmerman also scored twice.

Behind two goals each from Brian Casey and Reilly O’Connor, the Hoyas led three times. O’Connor’s second tally brought Georgetown within a goal at 7-6 heading into the fourth quarter. Georgetown then outshot Harvard by a 9-6 margin in the final period, but Krieger would not yield a tying goal and Schwartz gave the Crimson a two-goal cushion in the final four minutes.

Related Video: Highlights: Men’s Lacrosse vs. Georgetown

Scouting Brown
Brown is currently receiving votes in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Div. I Coaches Poll. The Bears have won three straight games to improve to 3-1 overall, including a 17-9 victory over St. Joseph’s this past Saturday.

Brown will enter play Saturday with one of the top rated defenses in the country. The Bears are ranked fifth in the NCAA in scoring defense (7.5), sixth in scoring margin (+4.25) and are 22nd in caused turnovers per game (8.0). On offense, Brown is averaging 11.75 gpg, the 13th best total in the nation, while winning 44.0 percent of face offs.

Sam Hurster has registered 14 points to lead the Bears attack with 11 goals and three assists. Henry Blynn has added six goals and five assists for 11 points while Nick Piroli has contributed three goals and six assists for nine points. Tommy Capone has taken the bulk of the face offs for Brown and has won 34-of-71 (47.9%).

Jack Kelly boasts the sixth best goals against average in the country at 7.16 and has a save percentage of 56.6 percent. Same Ford and Capone are collecting 4.75 ground balls and 4.5 ground balls per game, respectively, while Clay Del Prince has forced 1.5 turnovers per game.

Inside the Series
Harvard owns a 40-29 advantage in its all-time series with Brown which dates back to 1925. The Crimson and Bears have met each season since 1962 with Harvard winning the last two outings. The Crimson needed overtime to get the victory last season, as Jeff Cohen ’12 found the back of the net for the game winner in the extra session, 10-9.