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April 9, 2012

Men's Lacrosse Weekly Release - Week 8

Complete Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Weekly Release (PDF)

PRINCETON
, N.J. -- In what turned out to be a pivotal moving day on Saturday for several squads, the League's teams squared off from Ithaca to Philadelphia in search of wins as they jostle for position amongst the top-four places in the Ivy standings.

Cornell and Harvard entered their game with unbeaten records in Ivy play, but it was the Big Red that stayed that way and extended the longest home winning streak in the nation to 14 games with a 14-10 win. Eleven different players scored a goal for the Big Red as they moved to 4-0 in the League standings. The Crimson’s Jeff Cohen netted three goals to move into first all-time in the Harvard record books with 133 career goals.

Playing at Dartmouth, Yale seized an opportunity to even its Ivy record at 2-2 on the year with a 13-11 win over the Big Green. Overcoming a 3-0 deficit, the Bulldogs were led by attackman Matt Gibson’s four-goal effort.

In Saturday’s other Ivy game, Brown posted its first League win of the year by edging Penn, 11-10. Rob Schlesinger's goal with 11 seconds left in the fourth ensured the Bears came out on top in the back-and-forth affair. Sam Hurster had three goals and an assist to lead the Brown offense, while John Connelly and Anthony Adler each had three goals for the Quakers.

In Saturday’s nonconference action, 17th-ranked Syracuse bested No. 10/11 Princeton at the Carrier Dome, 10-9. Tyler Fiorito had 16 saves in the Princeton cage.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yale senior attackman Matt Gibson (Point Lookout, N.Y.) led the Bulldogs to a pair of wins last week as Yale won at Providence, 9-6, and then posted a 13-11 win at Dartmouth. The wins moved Yale to 5-4 overall and evened its Ivy record at 2-2 on the season.

All told, Gibson scored seven goals and added an assist for an eight-point week. In the crucial win over Dartmouth that moved Yale into sole possession of fourth place in the Ivy standings, Gibson netted four goals including a goal late in the second quarter that gave Yale a 5-4 lead it would not relinquish. Gibson becomes the first Bulldog to claim Ivy Player of the Week honors since Brian Douglass did so on May 3, 2010.

Gibson’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 7G, 1A, 8 Pts., 4 GB, 13 Shots, .538 shooting%

Co-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman Matt Donovan (Morristown, N.J.) tallied two goals and added an assist to help the Big Red defeat Harvard, 14-10, in a critical Ivy match-up. The rookie attackman scored and assisted on Cornell's first two goals of the second quarter, sparking a 4-0 run during that stanza to give the Big Red an insurmountable 6-1 lead. He added his final tally with just over three minutes to play in the contest, snapping a two-goal streak by the Crimson that had cut Cornell's advantage to three goals. Donovan was also named the League’s Rookie of the Week on March 5, March 26 and April 2.

Donovan’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 2G, 1A, 3 Pts., 4 GB, 6 Shots, .333 shooting%

Co-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman attackman Nick Piroli (Black River, N.Y) was once again a vital cog in the Bears’ offense. He netted three goals in a 1-1 week for Brown that included a 10-9 loss to No. 20/19 Bryant and an 11-10 win at Penn. In the victory over the Quakers, Piroli’s two goals proved pivotal in staking the Bears to their first Ivy win of the year. Piroli, who also had a goal in the loss to Bryant, also earned Rookie of the Week honors on Feb. 27 and March 26.

Piroli’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 3G, 3 Pts., 1 GB, 4 Shots, .750 shooting%

HONOR ROLL
Jeff Cohen, Harvard (Sr., A – Syosset, N.Y.)
1 GP, 3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 1 GB, 6 Shots, .500 shooting%

John Conneely, Penn (Sr., A – Dix Hills, N.Y.)
1 GP, 3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 7 Shots, .429 shooting%

Kip Dooley, Dartmouth (Sr., A – Minneapolis, Minn.)
2 GP, 3G, 2A, 5 Pts., 2 GB, 1 CT, 15 Shots, .200 shooting%

Tyler Fiorito, Princeton (Sr., G - Phoenix, Md.)
1-1 GP-GS, 60:00 Mins., 10.00 GAA, 16 Saves, 3 GB, 0-1

Roy Lang, Cornell (Sr., M – Mill Valley, Calif.)
1 GP, 3G, 2A, 5 Pts., 4 GB, 2 CT, 7 Shots, .429 shooting%

Mike MacDonald, Princeton (Fr., A - Georgetown, Ontario)
1 GP, 1G, 2A, 3 Pts., 3 GB, 2 Shots, .500 shooting%

Keegan Michel, Harvard (Fr., M – Westminster, Md.)
1 GP, 1G, 1 Pt., 5 GB, 1 CT, 3 Shots, .333 shooting%, 15-for-26 face-offs

Rob Schlesinger, Brown (Sr., A – Medfield, Mass.)
2 GP, 2G, 2A, 4 Pts., 6 GB, 1 CT, 18 Shots, .111 shooting%

THIS WEEK
Cornell, Harvard and Princeton all close out the nonconference portion of their schedules on Tuesday night, and Penn also plays outside the League. Riding a five-game win streak, the Big Red welcomes rival and No. 14/13 ranked Syracuse to Ithaca, N.Y., while the Tigers also play host to an in-state BIG EAST foe in Rutgers. Harvard closes out its nonconference schedule at home versus Quinnipiac. The Quakers will hit the road to play at eighteenth-ranked Bucknell.

League play then resumes on Friday night when Brown plays host to Yale in a 7 p.m. game. A win for the Bears would put them back in the thick of the race for one of the top-four places in the League standings - which qualifies a team for the 2012 Ivy League Tournament. But after an 0-2 start, Yale just made it back to 2-2 in Ivy play and a win by the Bulldogs would be their third Ivy victory in a row.

Then on Saturday afternoon, Harvard plays at Penn and Dartmouth plays at Princeton. Harvard enters the game looking to bounce back after suffering its first Ivy loss of the season last Saturday at Cornell, while Penn is trying for its first Ivy win of the season. After having the Ivy bye last weekend, Princeton will be looking to match Cornell’s 4-0 Ivy record with a win, while the Big Green travels south in search of a first Ivy win of the year.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, April 10
Rutgers at (13/15) Princeton, 7 p.m.          
Quinnipiac at Harvard, 7 p.m.
Penn at (18/18) Bucknell, 7 p.m.
(14/13) Syracuse at (5/5) Cornell, 7 p.m.            

Friday, April 13
*(-/20) Yale at Brown, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 14          
*Harvard at Penn, Noon                   
*Dartmouth at (13/15) Princeton, 1 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.