Weekend Matchups in the Ivy League

Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Hosts No. 2/2 Cornell Saturday,
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The Crimson will host rival Cornell as it resumes Ivy League play

The Storyline
The Harvard men’s lacrosse team concludes its three-game home stand against No. 2/2 Cornell at Harvard Stadium Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m.

A free live video stream will be available through GoCrimson.com by clicking here. Live stats will also be available by clicking here.

Freebie
Harvard athletics has announced that it will provide its live video stream free of charge when the Crimson men’s lacrosse team takes on No. 2/2 Cornell Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. The broadcast will feature multiple camera angles, replays, a new graphics package and a live scoreboard for fans watching at home.

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CLASS Act
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.

Related Video: Jason Gonos Named Finalist for Senior CLASS Award

Last Time Out
Harvard’s last second attempt came up short as the men’s lacrosse team lost a nail bitter to No. 12/10 Duke Saturday night at Harvard Stadium, 12-11.

Harvard held the ball with 8 seconds remaining after a flag was thrown against Duke, but Devin Dwyer’s pass from behind the net was picked off by goalkeeper Kyle Turri to secure the Blue Devils’ sixth win in a row. Harvard had led 10-8 midway through the fourth quarter before a late run put Duke over the top.

Murphy Vandervelde recorded his second straight hat trick on five shots to pace the Harvard attack. He was aided by a four-point night from Peter Schwartz (2g, 2a) and a three-point effort from Dwyer (1g, 2a). Harry Krieger finished the night with nine saves in goal, including three in fourth quarter as Rick Molé collected a team-high five ground balls.

Related Video: Highlights: Men’s Lacrosse vs. No. 12/10 Duke

Scouting Cornell
The Big Red enters this afternoon’s contest ranked second in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Coaches’ Poll. Cornell has won three straight games to improve to 9-1 overall, and will carry an unblemished 3-0 record in Ivy League play into the game.

Rob Pannell is the nation’s third leading scorer at 5.4 points per game. The senior is averaging 2.4 goals per contest and has added 3.0 assists per game, the fifth best rate in the country. Steve Mock ranks 18th in the NCAA in overall scoring (3.89) while his 3.44 goals per game are second best in the country. They have been aided by Connor Buczek (15g, 12a), Max Van Bourgondien (16g, 6a) and Matt Donovan (14g, 6a).

AJ Fiore is 9-1 in goal with a 7.26 goals against average, sixth best in the nation, and a .559 save percentage. Doug Tesoriero’s .584 win percentage at the X ranks him seventh in the NCAA while Thomas Keith has paced the defensive unit with 50 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers.

Inside the Series
Cornell defeated Harvard last season in Ithaca, 14-10, despite four-point efforts from Ryan Stevens (3g, 1a) and Jeff Cohen ’12 (3g, 1a). The Big Red is 63-23 all-time against Harvard and has earned 15 straight victories in the series.

Up Next
Harvard travels to Quinnipiac Tuesday, April 9 for its last non-conference matchup of the year. First draw is set for 4 p.m.

 

Brown Hosts #17 Penn In Key Ivy Match-Up

Providence, R.I.- Brown’s men’s lacrosse team returns home to Stevenson Field on Saturday, April 6, hosting the 17th-ranked Penn Quakers in a pivotal Ivy League match-up. The Bears dropped back-to-back games against Top 10 teams last week and will be looking to get back on the winning track.

The Bears:  Brown (5-3, 1-1 Ivy) dropped out of the Top 20 after losses to #7 North Carolina, 18-12, and #8 Princeton, 15-8. Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) had five goals against the Tar Heels to lead the Bears, while senior Alex Jones (Annapolis, MD) scored three goals against the Tigers.

The Quakers:  #17 Penn (5-3, 1-2 Ivy) is coming off a 7-6 loss to Yale last Saturday.  The Quakers own wins over Princeton (11-10), Duke (14-9), St. Joseph’s (6-5), Lehigh (6-4) and Villanova (13-9), while losing to #2 Cornell (10-5) and Denver (15-12).

High Scoring Bears: The 21 goals scored by the Bears against High Point are the most scored by a Brown team since a 21-9 victory over Providence in 1999. Brown’s 12.38 goals per game rank third in the Ivy League.

Hurster Picks Up Where He left Off:  Junior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) ranks second on the Brown team with 16 goals.  He netted five goals against Hartford, and scored three goals vs. St. Joseph’s.  Last year, Hurster led the Bears and ranked third in the Ivy League with 31 goals, registering hat-tricks in Brown’s final six regular season games.

Henry Blynn- Two-Time Ivy Rookie of the Week:  Freshman attackman Henry Blynn (Villanova, Pa.) is a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week.  He has scored five goals twice, against High Point and North Carolina. His 27 points (19 goals, 8 assists) lead the Brown team, and he ranks seventh in the Ivy League with 2.38 goals per game.

Clay Del Prince Named Finalist For 2013 Senior CLASS Award Brown senior defenseman Clay Del Prince (Hamburg, NY) is one of 10 NCAA Division I lacrosse student-athletes, who excel both on and off the field, to be selected as finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate men’s lacrosse. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. A close defenseman, he leads the Bears with 12 caused turnovers. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. 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.

The Grass Is Not Always Greener:  Stevenson Field received a makeover in the off-season with the installation of a new LigaSport playing surface, transforming the field from natural grass to synthetic turf.

Kelly Earns Starting Role In Net: Freshman Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) assumed the starting role in goal for the Bears in Brown’s second game of the season, and has posted a 5-2 record in his first seven collegiate starts. Kelly was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after making five of his season high 15 saves in the fourth quarter vs. Harvard to help rally the Bears from a two-goal deficit and shut-out the Crimson in the final 15 minutes. Kelly made eight saves in the 9-8 overtime win over UMass, and seven saves in the win over Hartford.

Bear Facts: Sophomore Corbin Booker (Philadelphia, PA) won 5-of-6 face-offs vs. Princeton…Sophomore attackman Nick Piroli (Black River, NY), Brown’s top scorer a year ago, exploded for four goals against North Carolina.  He is Brown’s third leading scorer with 17 points (11 goals, 6 assists)… Senior middy Alex Jones (Annapolis, MD) registered his first career hat-trick with three goals vs. Princeton…Senior middy Johnny DePeters (Woodbury, CT) scored a career four goals and added three assists in Brown’s 21-8 win over High Point… Freshman attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) was named the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Week for his role in Brown’s 9-8 overtime win over fifth-ranked UMass. With Brown trailing 8-5 with just over six minutes remaining, Bellistri scored three straight goals, including the game-tying goal with 3:22 remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.  Bellistri has five goals for the season… Freshman Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) registered his first collegiate goal at Hartford and has four goals for the season.