Harvard Men’s Lacrosse and No. 12/10 Duke to Meet Saturday Live on NBC Sports Network

The Crimson and Blue Devils will clash in front of a national TV audience

The Storyline
The Harvard men’s lacrosse team will welcome No. 12/10 Duke to Harvard Stadium Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m. for a non-conference showdown live on NBC Sports Network. Mark Dixon will provide the play-by-play for the game with Evan Washburn adding color commentary.

Live stats will be available during the game through GoCrimson.com by clicking here. An on-demand video stream will also be available shortly after the game’s conclusion.

Last Time Out
Murphy Vandervelde recorded his first career hat trick as the Harvard men’s lacrosse team fell to Albany Tuesday night at Harvard Stadium, 16-7.

Vandervelde’s three scores led the way for Harvard as Alex White added a pair of goals. Peter Schwartz tallied one goal and a career-high three assists to finish with four points on the night.

Rick Molé won 12-of-21 face offs and collected five ground balls to help the Crimson hold a 14-of-27 edge at the X. Jason Gonos matched his career-high with three caused turnovers to go with two ground balls as Brian Fischer added a pair of caused turnovers and ground balls. Harry Krieger took the loss in goal with 11 saves in 52:49.

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

Scouting Duke
The Blue Devils enter Saturday’s contest ranked 12th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and 10th in the USILA Coaches’ Poll. Duke began the year by dropping four of its first six contests but has rebounded with five straight wins to improve to 7-4 overall, 1-1 in the ACC.

Jordan Wolf boasts a team-high 45 points on the season with 29 goals and 16 assists. Five other Blue Devils have registered at least 20 points, including David Lawson (16g, 7a), Case Mattheis (13g, 9a), Jake Tripucka (9g, 13a), Josh Dionne (17g, 3a) and Josh Offit (15g, 5a). Kyle Turri has been in net for each victory during Duke’s current streak and sports a 5-0 record on the year with a 7.75 goals against average and a .553 save percentage. Brendan Fowler has taken nearly every face off for the Blue Devils in 2013 and has posted a .629 win percentage.

Inside the Series
Harvard trails Duke in the all-time series, 12-4, with the Crimson’s last victory coming in 2009. The Blue Devils took an 11-8 decision last season in Durham, N.C., despite an 11-save effort from Jake Gambitsky in goal.

Up Next
Harvard returns to Ivy League play next weekend as it hosts No. 3/3 Cornell at Harvard Stadium Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m.