Harvard vs. Holy Cross
February 25, 2014
The Game Story:
The Storyline The Harvard men's lacrosse team will play its second game in four days when it opens its home schedule on Tuesday, Feb. 25, against Holy Cross at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. First faceoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Last Time Out The Harvard men's lacrosse team played right with No. 14/15 UMass through nearly three quarters on Saturday, but the Minutemen took hold of the game late to spoil the Crimson's season opener, 8-4. Peter Schwartz registered three points with two goals and one assist to lead the Harvard attack while Brendan Newman and Ian Ardrey provided one goal apiece. Sean Mahon and Sean McDonagh were each credited with an assist. The Crimson defense held UMass in check for most of the game, allowing just three Minutemen goals through 42 minutes of play. Jake Gambitsky finished the afternoon with 11 saves against the eight goals allowed, with Eric Slingerland's five ground balls pacing the defensive unit. Jack Breit, Bobby Duvnjak, Stephen Jahelka and Brian O'Toole each forced one turnover. Related Link: Late Surge Pushes No. 14/15 UMass Past Men's Lacrosse, 8-4 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. Related Link: ESPN to Broadcast Harvard Wrestling, Men's Lacrosse and Women's Lacrosse this Spring Ivy League Digital Network For the first time ever, all of Harvard's home games and road Ivy League contests will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch games both live and On-Demand from their computers, tablets or smart phones, and will have access to live and On-Demand content for all Harvard events throughout the duration of their subion. PURCHASE YOUR SUBION TODAY! Socialize Follow Harvard Athletics on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay connected with all the breaking news from around Cambridge and to get inside access to your favorite Crimson programs. Strength of Schedule Eight of Harvard's 14 2014 opponents are currently ranked or receiving votes in either the Warrior Div. I Media Top 20 or USILA Div. I Coaches Poll; Duke (1/1), North Caroline (3/2), Princeton (9/10), Albany (17/18), Yale (12/12), UMass (13/13), Cornell (15/16), Penn (20/20). Scouting Holy Cross The Crusaders carry an 0-2 record into Tuesday's meeting after dropping a 15-13 contest at St. John's and falling to Loyola Maryland, 16-4, in their Patriot League opener. Holy Cross is averaging 8.5 goals per game and has won 40.7 percent of face offs. The Crusaders are just 2-of-8 in man advantage situations and have turned the ball over 20 times this season. Sean Wilkinson has seven points on the year with a team-best five goals and two assists. Terry McKenna and Marc Buermann have scored three goals with McKenna also adding two assists. The defense is led by Ben Williams who boasts six ground balls. Michael Ortlieb has started both games in goal for the Crusaders and has posted a 16.4 goals against average with a .348 save percentage. Williams has won 21-of-46 face offs taken. Inside the Series Harvard is 30-0 all-time against Holy Cross and 17-0 when playing at home. Tuesday's meeting will mark the 14th consecutive year that the teams have met, including a 16-12 victory for the Crimson last season in Cambridge. Nine different Crimson scored a goal, led by hat tricks from Peter Schwartz and Alex White '13. Harry Krieger '13 turned away 11 shots in goal. Up Next Harvard will head back out on the road this weekend to face Albany Saturday, March 1 at 12 p.m.