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Men's Lacrosse Weekly Release - Week 5

Princeton's Mike MacDonald (left), Harvard's Jeff Cohen (center, credit: Kevin Burns) and Princeton's Jeff Froccaro (right).

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2012 Ivy League season got off to an intriguing start as Cornell, Princeton and Harvard each posted conference season-opening wins to take an early advantage in the Ivy standings on a weekend that saw two of the three League games decided by a goal – including one overtime contest.

Cornell hosted Yale in the first Ivy League game of the season, and the Big Red held on for an 8-7 win with Roy Lang's game-winning goal, which he scored with just over five minutes to play. Cornell goalie Andrew West made a career-high 13 saves as the Big Red rallied from a two-goal first half deficit. Matt Gibson led the Yale attack with two goals and two assists, while Bulldog goalie Jack Meyer stopped six shots as the Yale defense held Cornell to a season-low goal total.

After a midweek 14-8 win at tenth-ranked Villanova, Princeton got off to a 1-0 start in Ivy League play by downing Penn, 11-4, at home. Versus the Quakers, the score was tied 3-3 midway through the second quarter but Princeton’s defense held Penn off the scoreboard for more than 33 minutes as the Tiger offense built a 10-3 lead. Mike MacDonald had three goals and two assists versus the Quakers, while the Tigers’ mid-week win was keyed by five-goal outbursts from Tom Schreiber and Jeff Froccaro.

Harvard, which fell at No. 14/15 Duke, 11-8, last Monday, also improved to 1-0 in Ivy play with a dramatic 10-9 overtime win against Brown. Jeff Cohen tallied five goals for the second straight game, including the game-winning score at the 2:19 mark of overtime. Keegan Michel proved vital for Harvard by winning 15-of-23 face-offs. Brown freshman Nick Piroli sent the game to overtime when his third goal of the game tied it at 9-9 with 5:30 left in the fourth quarter. Piroli also had an assist in the game for a four-point day.

Dartmouth returned from a stretch of twelve days without a game and fell at No. 14/15 Duke by the score of 20-9.

Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard senior attackman Jeff Cohen (Syosset, N.Y.) extended his streak of hat tricks to five games by scoring a total of 10 goals last week as he helped the Crimson go 1-1. At No. 14/15 Duke on Monday, Cohen tallied two man-up goals as he netted five scores on 12 shots. He also caused a turnover and picked up two ground balls in the losing effort. Then in Harvard’s Ivy League opener against Brown on Saturday night, Cohen added five more goals, including the game-winning score at 2:19 of overtime, propelling the Crimson to a 10-9 victory. Cohen scored five times on nine shots against the Bears.

Cohen, who has 23 goals on the season, is Harvard’s first Ivy League Player of the Week since Dean Gibbons earned the honor on April 25, 2011. A three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week in 2009, it is Cohen’s first career Ivy League Player of the Week honor.

Cohen’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 10G, 10 Pts., 2 GB, 1 CT, 21 Shots, .476 shooting%

Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Jeff Froccaro (Sands Point, N.Y.) led Princeton to a pair of wins last week, including a 14-8 victory at tenth-ranked Villanova, and a win over Penn, 11-4. He scored a career high five goals against the Wildcats and added two assists for a seven point showing, also a career high mark. He scored the five goals on just ten shots.

Then against the Quakers in the Ivy League opener for both teams, Froccaro added two goals and an assist for three points. He opened the scoring in that game and gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead. The midfielder/attackman, who was a two-time Rookie of the Week in 2010, has earned his first career Ivy League Player of the Week honor.

Froccaro’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 7G, 3A, 10 Pts., 9 GB, 1 CT, 15 Shots, .467 shooting%

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman Mike MacDonald (Georgetwon, Ontario) helped the Tigers to a pair of wins last week, including a 14-8 victory at tenth-ranked Villanova, and an 11-4 home win over Ivy foe Penn. In the first Ivy League game of his career, MacDonald scored three goals on four shots and added a pair of assists for a five-point game. His three goals and five points were both career high marks. The attackman also earned Co-Rookie of the Week honors on Feb. 27.

MacDonald’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 3G, 2A, 5 Pts., 4 Shots, .750 shooting%

HONOR ROLL
Johnny DePeters, Brown (Jr., M - Woodbury, Conn.)
1 GP, 3G, 3 Pts., 4 Shots, .750 shooting%

Matt Gibson, Yale (Sr., A - Point Lookout, N.Y.)
1 GP, 2G, 2A, 4 Pts., 2 GB, 1 CT, 6 Shots, .333 shooting%

Keegan Michel, Harvard (Fr., M - Westminster, Md.)
2 GP, 10 GB, 25-of-42 faceoffs

Nick Piroli, Brown (Fr., A - Black River, N.Y.)
1 GP, 3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 5 Shots, .600 shooting%

Tim Schwalje, Penn (Jr., A - Setauket, N.Y.)
1 GP, 1G, 2A, 3 Pts., 2 GB, 1 CT, 3 Shots, .333 shooting%

Andrew West, Cornell (So., GK - Darien, Conn.)
1-1 GP-GS, 60:00 Mins., 7GA, 7.00 GAA, 13 Saves, .650 save%, 1-0

THIS WEEK
After a pair of midweek matchups that includes No. 3/4 Cornell playing No. 9/8 Denver at Hofstra and Dartmouth visiting Chapel Hill, N.C. to face the No. 14/15 Tar Heels, the second set of Ivy League games take place on Saturday, March 24.

Yale plays host to Princeton its home League opener, with the Bulldogs looking to even their Ivy record at 1-1, while the Tigers will try to move to 2-0. Penn hosts No. 3/4 Cornell, and will also aiming to even its Ivy record at 1-1 in its first home Ivy game of the season. The Big Red, on the other hand, will be trying to move to 2-0 in Ivy play while extending a nine-game regular season League winning streak.

In the final Ivy game of the weekend, Harvard welcomes Dartmouth. The Crimson is coming off an overtime Ivy home win last weekend, while the game is the Big Green’s first League game of the season. Brown has the Ivy bye this weekend and will face America East foe Vermont. 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, March 20
(9/8) Denver vs. (3/4) Cornell, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21
Dartmouth at (14/15) North Carolina, 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 24
*(12/13) Princeton at Yale, Noon
Brown at Vermont, 1 p.m.
* (3/4) Cornell at Penn, 1 p.m.
*Dartmouth at Harvard, 2 p.m.

* - Ivy League contest

(X/Y) - X refers to national ranking in the Inside Lacrosse Poll and Y refers to national ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll