Complete Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Weekly
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Another six games were contested over the sixth week of Ivy League men’s lacrosse action, which included conference wins by Yale, Cornell and Princeton.
Led by Deron Dempster’s five goals, the Bulldogs edged Penn, 10-9, to earn their first Ivy win of the season. With the score tied at 9-9, Dempster netted the game-winning goal with just 12 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Princeton and Cornell each improved to 3-0 in the Ivy standings with wins on Saturday, as the Big Red survived a defensive battle with Dartmouth to post a 7-5 victory and the Tigers downed Brown, 13-2. Big Red goalies Andrew West and AJ Fiore combined for eight saves and Doug Tesoriero won 10-of-13 face-offs to lead the way. Against the Bears, the Tigers held a 4-2 halftime lead, but exploded for a 7-0 third quarter run en route to the win. Ten different Princeton players found the back of the net and goalie Tyler Fiorito made 16 saves.
In nonconference action, Harvard downed Michigan, 11-7, on Saturday, led by Jeff Cohen’s career-high seven goals. Daniel Eipp added two goals and two assists in the win. Earlier in the week, the Crimson lost at second-ranked Massachusetts, 18-8, and Brown was edged at eighth-ranked Duke, 9-8.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard senior attackman Jeff Cohen (Syosset, N.Y.) continued to dominate offensively last week as he scored eight goals and added an assist for nine points over two games. Cohen, who has scored at least one goal in every game this season, opened his week with a goal at second-ranked Massachusetts. Then he tallied a career-best seven goals and finished with a career-high eight points in Harvard's 11-7 win over Michigan on Saturday. After the Crimson had fallen behind 1-0, Cohen netted the game’s next two goals to stake Harvard to a lead it would not relinquish. He had three man-up goals on the week and added two ground balls.
Cohen’s seven-goal outburst versus the Wolverines tied for the most goals scored in a single game this season by an Ivy player (Dartmouth’s Chris Costabile netted seven versus Sacred Heart on March 3). Cohen, who needs two goals to tie Harvard's career record (132), currently leads the Ivy League in scoring with 36 goals and 40 points. It marks his second career Ivy League Player of the Week honor, having also earned the award on March 19.
2 GP, 8G, 1A, 9 Pts., 2 GB, 19 Shots, .421 shooting%
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman Matt Donovan (Morristown, N.J.) led the Big Red to a 7-5 win at Dartmouth on Saturday by assisting on a career-high three goals. The attackman provided feeds that led to three consecutive Cornell tallies spanning the second and third quarters that helped Cornell jump out to a 5-1 lead. Donovan was also named the League’s Rookie of the Week on March 5 and March 26.
1 GP, 3A, 3 Pts., 4 Shots
Deron Dempster, Yale (Jr., A - Orangeville, Ontario)
1 GP, 5G, 5 Pts., 5 Shots, 1.000 shooting%
Nikki Dysenchuk, Dartmouth (Jr., A –
1 GP, 3G, 3 Pts., 6 Shots, .500 shooting%
Stephen Jahelka, Harvard (Fr., D – Garden
2 GP, 3 GB, 4 CT
Rob Schlesinger, Brown (Sr., A – Medfield, Mass.)
2 GP, 2G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 GB, 1 CT, 12 Shots, .167 shooting%
Tim Schwalje, Penn (Jr., A – Setauket, N.Y.)
1 GP, 4G, 4 Pts., 1 GB, 1 CT, 7 Shots, .571 shooting%
Doug Tesoriero, Cornell (So., M - Syosset,
1 GP, 6 GB, 10-of-13 faceoffs
1 GP, 1 GB, 4 CT
Three Tuesday evening nonconference games constitute the midweek action over the coming days, including a pair of games in Providence, R.I. Brown will try to snap a two-game skid when it welcomes in-state rival and No. 20/19 Bryant. Across town, Yale will be looking to make it two wins in a row when it faces BIG EAST foe Providence. Lastly, the Big Green also hit the road to play a Tuesday night game at Hofstra.
Then all seven teams are back in action on Saturday with a nonconference tilt and three League contests. At 3-0 in Ivy play, Princeton will break from League play to take on another rival when it plays at seventeenth-ranked Syracuse’s Carrier Dome. The Tigers carry a four-game winning streak into the game.
Saturday features an intriguing lineup of Ivy games, beginning with Harvard (2-0) playing at Cornell (3-0) in a game between two of the three Ivy unbeatens. The Big Red also carries a four-game winning streak into the showdown of Ivy unbeatens. Elsewhere, Dartmouth welcomes Yale in a pivotal showdown that could see the Big Green get its first League win of the year or the Bulldogs win a second Ivy game in as many weekends and stay firmly within striking distance of the top-four. Lastly, in the nightcap Brown plays at Penn in a game in which both squads are looking for a first Ivy League win of the season.
Tuesday, April 3
Yale at Providence, 7 p.m.
(20/19) Bryant at Brown, 7 p.m.
Dartmouth at Hofstra, 7 p.m.
*Yale at Dartmouth, 1 p.m.
*Harvard at (5/5) Cornell, 1 p.m.
(10/11) Princeton at (17/17) Syracuse, 1 p.m.
*Brown at Penn, 6 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.