Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Welcomes Dartmouth to Harvard Stadium Saturday
The Crimson is 7-7 at The Stadium in the Chris Wojcik era
The Harvard men’s lacrosse team will look to stay perfect in the Ivy League when it hosts Dartmouth in its fourth home game of the season and first at Harvard Stadium Saturday, March 22. First faceoff is set for 1 p.m. live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.
Dartmouth, which will be playing its first Ivy League contest of the season, fell at No. 12 Penn State by a score of 10-6 Tuesday to drop to 1-3 on the year. Mike Olentine scored two goals to pace the Green and White’s offensive attack, while KC Beard notched two points (1g, 1a) as well.
Olentine has registered a team-high eight points for Dartmouth with the senior contributing six goals and two assists. Beard, meanwhile, has added four goals and three assists for seven points. Phil Hession has taken the bulk of the face offs and has won 49-of-96 at the X.
Blair Friedensoh has started all four games in goal and sports an 11.77 goals against average to go along with a save percentage of 44.3 percent. Hession and Eric Clemmenson have collected 27 ground balls and 19 ground balls, respectively, with Clemmenson’s seven caused turnovers also leading the team.
The Big Green has averaged 8.25 goals per game while allowing opponents to score at a rate of 12.75 goals per contest. Dartmouth has been successful on 3 of 13 man-up opportunities and has been successful on 80.6 percent of its clears.
Inside the Series
Harvard is 46-38-1 all-time against Dartmouth and has won four of the last five meetings between the teams. This includes a 9-6 win for the Crimson last season in Hanover, N.H., which was highlighted by a three-point day from Peter Schwartz and Carl Zimmerman who each found the back of the twice and handed out an assist.
Harvard returns to non-conference action when the Crimson heads to No. 3/4 Duke Saturday, March 29 at 12 p.m.
Rank and File
Harvard is currently listed as receiving votes in both the Warriors Div. I Media Top 10 and the USILA Div. I Coaches Poll. The Crimson last appeared in the media poll the week of Feb. 26, 2012 when the media had the squad at No. 15, and in the coaches poll the week of March 5, 2012 when the coaches had the squad ranked No. 20.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men’s lacrosse team took an early lead, but No. 6/7 North Carolina rallied for a 13-10 win Tuesday night at Navy Field.
Harvard jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead behind goals from Peter Schwartz and Carl Zimmerman before a 6-1 run by North Carolina put the hosts in front for good. The Tar Heels used a 4-0 stretch in the third quarter to open their largest lead, 10-5, and held off a Harvard comeback attempt down the stretch for the victory.
Devin Dwyer dished out four assists to lead the Crimson attack, while Schwartz (1g, 2a) and Sean Mahon (2g, 1a) each added three points. Sean McDonagh, Zimmerman and Daniel Eipp registered three straight goals to pull Harvard within three in the fourth quarter, but the Tar Heels found an answer.
In the Spotlight
Harvard will play three games at Harvard Stadium in front of a national audience on ESPN3. The Crimson’s games versus Dartmouth (March 22), Boston University (April 8) and Princeton (April 19) will be simulcast on ESPN3, the WatchESPN App and the Ivy League Digital Network as part of an agreement between ESPN and Harvard Athletics.
Brown Battles Cross-Town Rival Providence In Ocean State Cup
Providence, R.I. – Brown returns home on Saturday, March 22 to host Providence College in the opening game of the Ocean State Cup at Stevenson Field. The Bears and Friars will face-off for the 20th time at 7pm and Brown fans can watch live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Bears: Brown looks to rebound against the Friars after dropping a midweek match-up at Bucknell on Wednesday to fall to 3-3 on the season. The Bears have earned wins over Quinnipiac and Hartford, with losses to UMass and Harvard.
The Friars: Providence (3-4) is coming off a 12-6 loss to Rutgers last Saturday. The Frairs have earned wins over Vermont (8-6), Boston U. (10-7), and Fairfield (14-11), with losses to Quinnipiac (16-9), Sacred Heart (11-10) and UMass (16-11).
The Brown-PC Series Record: Brown and Providence have met 19 times, dating back to 1989, with the Bears holding a 19-0 series advantage over the Friars. Last year, Brown earned a hard fought 7-6 win over the Friars behind Will Round’s 13 saves.
The Ocean State Cup: Brown’s defense of the Ocean State Cup starts Saturday with the Bears hosting PC in the battle for Rhode Island bragging rights. Rhode Island’s three Division I schools – Brown, Providence and Bryant – each play each other in a round robin competition to determine the Ocean State Cup Champion. The Bears and Bryant face each other on April 22 at Stevenson Field, while the Friars and Bulldogs play on March 25 on the PC campus.
Bellistri Scores Against Bucknell: Sophomore attackman Kylor Bellistri scored a career high four goals against Bucknell on Wednesday. Bellistri is Brown’s fourth leading scorer with 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists).
Hurster on The Attack: Senior captain Sam Hurster, who netted 22 goals a year ago, is Brown’s second leading scorer with 16 points (10 goals and 6 assists). He exploded for a career high six goals in Brown’s win over Hartford.
Bear Facts: Junior Tyler Landis (Coppell, TX), sophomore Will Gural (Haverford, PA), freshman Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT), and freshman JJ Ntshaykolo (San Francisco, CA) each scored their first career goals in Brown’s win over Hobart…Senior Tommy Capone (Watertown, NY) leads the Bears with 26 ground balls…Brown ranks second in the Ivy League in face-off percentage, winning 82-of-146 face-offs (.562)… Junior Jordan Schocket (Plano, TX) stepped up in a big way against Hobart by capturing 19-of-23 face-offs to give the Bears a 20-27 overall advantage in the face-off x. He also scored his first career goal against the Statesmen. Schocket came off the bench to win 3-of-5 face-offs against Hartford.
From The Midfield: Sophomore Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) and junior Tim Jacob (Palo Alto, CA) have been carrying the scoring load from the midfield, with Caputo registering six goals and six assists, and Jacob netting five goals.
Molloy Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week For Second Time: Freshman attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after scoring four goals in Brown’s win over Hartford, and netting three goals and picking up seven ground balls in a victory over Hobart. His 11 goals lead the Brown team.
Kelly Leads Ivy League In Save Percentage: Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) is off to a solid start to the 2014 season with impressive performances against Quinnipiac (18 saves), Hartford (16 saves) and Hobart (10 saves). He ranks second in the Ivy League with a save percentage of .531, and has posted a 11.48 goals against average. Kelly started nine games for the Bears a year ago and is an athletic keeper, who posted a 9.30 goals against average and a 7-4 record.
Attack Reshuffle: With injuries to last year’s top scorer Henry Blynn ‘16 and fourth leading scorer, Nick Piroli ‘15, head coach Lars Tiffany has reshuffled his lineup at attack. Joining Sam Hurster and Dylan Molloy on attack are sophomore Kylor Bellistri, Brown’s third leading scorer with 5 goals and six assists, and sophomore Bailey Tills, who has three goals and two assists.
Defensive Unit: Senior captain Phil Pierce (Greenwich, CT) is a two-year starter at close defense, who will anchor a young defensive unit that will feature junior Will Swindell (Greenwich, CT), an outstanding man down defender, who had an outstanding fall, freshman long stick middy Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT) and freshman close defenseman Alec Tulett (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). A two-year starter, Pierce ranked 11th in the nation in caused turnovers as a sophomore and picked up 25 ground balls a year ago.
Did you Know?: Brown is competing in its 64th season of intercollegiate lacrosse…Brown’s February 22nd game vs. Quinnipiac was the second earliest start date ever for Brown lacrosse. The Bears opened the 2009 season at Lehigh on February 21st.
This Date In Brown Lacrosse History – March 22, 2008: Brown’s 2008 Ivy League Championship team posted a 9-5 win over Dartmouth at Stevenson Field. Jordan Burke ’09 made 17 saves, while Thomas Muldoon ‘10 and Zach Caldwell ’10 netted two goals each. The Bears finished the 2008 season with an 11-3 mark, 5-1 in the Ivy League.
Head Coach Lars Tiffany: Lars Tiffany ’90, a two-time Brown lacrosse captain, returned to his alma mater as head men’s lacrosse coach in the summer of 2006, and has returned the program to national prominence with Ivy League titles in 2008 and 2010, and an NCAA Championship berth in 2009. Tiffany was named the New England Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009 while leading his team to the number one ranking in New England each year. Tiffany occupies the Rothman Head Coaching Chair for Men’s Lacrosse, an endowed position.
Watch Live: Video of all home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on BrownBears.TV. Fans can subscribe and view games by purchasing yearly, monthly, weekly or daily packages.
Next Game: Brown will stay in the region for Spring Break and travels to Poughkeepsie, New York on Tuesday, March 25 to face Marist College. Face-off is 7:00 pm.
UVM Men’s Lacrosse Set to Face Sacred Heart on Saturday
Sat., March 22 vs. Sacred Heart, 1 p.m.
Team Poster Day and post game autographs presented by the UVM Bookstore, The Catamount Store and the UPS Store Downtown
Camper Reunion Day
The Catamounts stand at 4-3 overall after defeating Wagner 11-10 in double overtime this past Saturday. Patrick Clark led the Catamounts with five points on three goals and two assists and Ian MacKay scored three times, including the game-winner, to help Vermont secure its fourth victory. MacKay leads the squad with 22 points and 16 goals this season, while Clark tops the Catamounts in assists (13) and is second to MacKay in points (21). Andrew Muscara is the team’s top faceoff man, going 66-121 (.545) in the X this season. On the defensive side of the ball, Derek Braig has caused a team-leading 17 turnovers and sophomore Justin Rosenberg owns a .574 save percentage and 9.32 goals against average in net.
ABOUT SACRED HEART
The Pioneers own a 1-5 record on the year following two straight losses against Stony Brook and Hartford. They’re 0-3 versus America East opponents on the season, with their other loss coming against Binghamton. The lone victory for Sacred Heart came against Providence earlier this month. Cody Marquis is the top Pioneer scorer with 19 points, while Alex Dodge is the team’s leader in goals, with 11. Joe Kemp has gone 55-108 on faceoffs, good for a .509 percentage. Jon Flood has started five games in goal, posting a .562 save percentage and 10.00 goals against average.
Vermont owns a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series with Sacred Heart. The Catamounts have earned wins in each of the past two seasons, including an 8-7 overtime triumph over the Pioneers last year. Graham Horvath, who led the squad with three goals and one assist in the contest, tallied the game-winner in the first overtime. Sacred Heart’s lone victory in the all-time series was a 13-9 win back in 1999 in Fairfield.
TOP ROOKIE | AE Release
On Monday, freshman Ian MacKay was named the America East Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. MacKay led the Catamounts to victory over Wagner this past Saturday with a highlight reel game-winning goal in double overtime. The freshman tallied three scores in the game to collect his fourth multi-goal performance this season. The Catamounts have earned three straight rookie of the week honors, as MacKay won the award on March 3 and Michael Clarke was named the top rookie on March 10.
The Catamounts rank among the nation’s top teams in a couple categories through the first seven games. Vermont is second in the country in caused turnovers per game (11.57) and 11th in ground balls per contest (33.71). Individually, senior Derek Braig ranks seventh with 2.43 forced turnovers per game, and goalie Justin Rosenberg places eighth in saves per contest, averaging 12.71.
MACKAY AT #6 | IL Freshman Rankings
Catamount rookie Ian MacKay earned the No. 6 spot in the first edition of the Inside Lacrosse Division I Freshman Rankings, which came out last Thursday. The middie, who was just one of two America East freshmen on the list (Kyle Rowe, SBU), leads the Catamounts in both points (22) and goals (16). MacKay led Vermont to victory over Wagner on Saturday to collect his second conference rookie of the week honor this year.
Five of the top six point scorers on the team this season belong to the freshmen and sophomore classes. Ian MacKay (22 points), Patrick Clark (21), Nick Bartlett (15), Michael Clarke (13) and James Barlow (13) have combined for 84 of the team’s 121 points (69%) through the first half of the schedule.
PROTECTING THE CAGE
Sophomore goalie Justin Rosenberg currently leads America East in total saves (89) and ranks second in saves per game (12.71), save percentage (.574) and goals against average (9.32). Rosenberg, who was named to the all-rookie team last season, has held opponents to single-digit goals in four contests this year.
With a victory over Wagner last time out, the Catamounts have now won four of their last five contests while outscoring opponents 66-46 during the streak. The Catamounts defeated Dartmouth, Boston University and Virginia Military Institute to begin the run, collecting their first three-game winning streak of the year in the process.
Vermont has converted on 16 of its 35 man-up opportunities to this point in the season, good for a 45.7% mark. The Catamount defense has buckled down with the other team on the man-advantage, holding opponents to just 10 goals in 30 opportunities (33.3%).
The Catamounts return to face No. 18/19 Albany on Saturday (March 29) at 7 p.m.