PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard left its postseason
fate to the last afternoon of regular season play but with a 9-5
win over Yale, it clinched a place in the 2011 Ivy League Men's
Lacrosse Tournament. Harvard joins Cornell, Penn and Yale in the
tournament field. The four teams will meet this weekend in Ithaca,
N.Y., as Cornell earned the right to host the tournament by
claiming the regular season title with a perfect 6-0 mark in Ivy
Harvard posted the 9-5 win over Yale due in large part on the performance of goalie Harry Krieger, who made 16 saves in the win. Yale cut Harvard's lead to 6-5 with just over 11 minutes to play in the fourth, but the Crimson trio of Terry White, Peter Schwartz and Jeff Cohen scored the game's final three goals to seal the win.
Dartmouth and Princeton entered the final afternoon with designs on claiming the last spot in the tournament field as well, but Harvard's victory dashed those hopes. Princeton got a valiant performance from goalie Tyler Fiorito that included 20 saves by the junior, but third-ranked Cornell won, 9-7, to end the year at 6-0 in Ivy play. It is the 38th time an Ivy team has finsihed a season unbeaten in League play and the 16th time Cornell has accomplished the feat.
Elsewhere, in one of the day's most entertaining games, Dartmouth and Brown went back and forth in a shootout that saw the teams tied at 12-12 following four quarters of play. Then in overtime, Parker Brown gave the Bears the win as he found the back of the net for the game-winning tally with 1:30 remaining in the first overtime. It was Dartmouth's first overtime League game of the season, meaning each Ivy team played at least one overtime League game in 2011.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior attackman Parker Brown (San Fransisco, Calif.) had a career day as he led the Bears to a 13-12 overtime win at Dartmouth. Brown netted a career-high four goals and added two assists for six points. His final goal of the day came with 1:30 to play in overtime, as his unassisted game-winning tally ensured Brown’s season ended in victorious fashion.
In the back-and-forth shootout, Brown’s first goal of the afternoon tied the game at 3-3 late in the first quarter. He then added a goal in the second quarter before putting the Bears up 11-10 in the fourth quarter. Brown also earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors on Feb. 28.
Brown’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 4G, 2A, 6 Pts., 7 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG, 4 GB, Team: 1-0
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton junior goalie Tyler Fiorito (Phoenix, Md.) did all he could to help the Tigers’ upset bid at second-ranked Cornell as he made a career high 20 saves against the nation’s top-ranked offense, but Cornell came back from a 6-1 deficit to record a 9-7 win. Fiorito did hold the Big Red to its lowest goal output of its current eight-game winning streak.
All told, Fiorito stopped 20 of 29 shots for a .690 save percentage. He made several one-on-one saves on shots on the crease, including back-to-back saves on David Lau and Steve Mock in the second quarter. He also made six saves on shots from Rob Pannell, the nation’s leading scorer, helping to hold Pannell to more than two points below his per game season average. It marks Fiorito’s first Player of the Week honor this season, and he joins Dartmouth’s Fergus Campbell (March 28) as the second goalie to earn the award this season.
Fiorito’s Weekly Stats
1-1 GP-GS, 60:00 mins., 20 SVS, 9 GA, .690 SV %, 7 GB, 1 CT, 0-1
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman attackman Sam Hurster (St. Louis, Mo.) made the most of his first opportunity of the season in which he saw the field for a significant amount of playing time, as he netted two vital goals in Brown’s 13-12 overtime win at Dartmouth. Hurster, who needed only four shots to score his two goals, tied the game at 4-4 on an unassisted tally in the second quarter. His second goal of the game also came in the second quarter, and it tied the game at 5-5 when Hurster finished a feed from Parker Brown.
Hurster is Brown’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week honoree this season. In fact, he is the first Bear to earn the honor since March 11, 2008 when Andrew Feinberg claimed the accolade.
Hurster’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 2G, 2 Points, 4 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GB, Team: 1-0
Jack Dudley, Cornell, Sr., M (Baltimore, Md.)
1 GP, 2G, 2 Pts., 5 Shots, 5 SOG, 4 GB, 2 CT, Team: 1-0
Johnathan Falcone, Yale, Sr., G (Flemington, N.J.)
1-1 GP-GS, 24:32 mins., 8 SVS, 2 GA, .800 SV %, 2 GB, 0-1
Brian Feeney, Penn, Fr., G (Summit, N.J.)
1-1 GP-GS, 60:00 mins., 14 SVS, 11 GA, .560 SV %, 6 GB, 0-1
Will Koshansky, Penn, Jr., LSM (Kings Park, N.Y.)
1 GP, 1 G, 1 Pt., 2 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GB, 4 CT, Team: 0-1
Harry Krieger, Harvard, So., G (Timonium, Md.)
1-1 GP-GS, 60:00 mins., 16 SVS, 5 GA, .762 SV %, 1 GB, 1-0
Rhett Miller, Dartmouth, Sr., M (Dallas, Texas)
1GP, 3G, 1A, 4 Points, 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GB, Team: 1-0
Tom Schreiber, Princeton, Fr., M (East Meadow, N.Y.)
1 GP, 2G, 2 Points, 7 Shots, 2 SOG, Team: 0-1
Andrew West, Cornell, Fr., G (Darien, Conn.)
1-1 GP-GS, 43:36 mins., 5 SVS, 2 GA, .714 SV %, 2.70 GAA, 2 GB, 1-0