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Men's Lacrosse Weekly Release - Week 9

(l-r): Harvard's Will Walker (Gil Talbot) and Penn's Brian Feeney
(l-r): Harvard's Will Walker (Gil Talbot) and Penn's Brian Feeney

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

, N.J. -- With conference wins over the weekend, Yale and Princeton punched their tickets to the third annual Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament, joining Cornell in the 2012 field. Like the Big Red, the Bulldogs will be making a third consecutive appearance in the event, while Princeton returns after a one-year hiatus. The Tigers captured the inaugural tournament title in 2010 and Cornell won in 2011.

The clinching wins by Yale and Princeton came in opposite manners, as the Bulldogs had to use four overtimes to overcome Brown, 11-10. Deron Dempster scored the game-winning goal and Matt Gibson scored five goals in the game to lead the Bulldogs. Brown goalie Will Round made 17 saves in the loss, a season high mark for any Ivy goalie this season. Princeton used a dominating offensive performance to move past Dartmouth, 21-6. Four different players had hat tricks for the Tigers and Tom Schreiber and Will Himler each finished with five points.

In the other League game, Penn edged Harvard, 13-11, for its first Ivy win of the year. John Conneely led the Penn offense with three goals and three assists, while Brian Feeney made 13 saves in the Penn cage. The victory by the Quakers also threw the race for the fourth tournament slot wide open, as Harvard (2-2), Brown (1-3) and Penn (1-4) are still alive in the 64 possible combinations of League results that could take place over the next two weekends.

What has been determined is that the 2012 Ivy tournament will be hosted by the winner of the Cornell-Princeton game, scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on April 28 (ESPNU) in Princeton, N.J. The two could still tie for the Ivy League title at this point.

Earlier in the week, Cornell, Harvard and Princeton all closed out the nonconference portion of their schedules with wins on Tuesday night. The Big Red doubled up rival Syracuse, 12-6, while Harvard defeated Quinnipiac, 18-4, and Princeton bested Rutgers, 13-4. Also on Tuesday night, Penn fell at Bucknell, 8-3. With the 3-1 record, the Ivies moved their collective nonconference winning percentage back to .500 on the season (22-22).

Penn sophomore goalie Brian Feeney (Summit, N.J.) led the Quakers to a 1-1 week including their first Ivy League win of the season. In midweek nonconference action, Feeney, tied a career high with 14 saves at eighteenth-ranked Bucknell. Then against Harvard on Saturday, he allowed five goals and made just one save in the first quarter before rebounding to make 12 saves as he allowed just six goals over the final three quarters to lead Penn to the win. He finished the week with 27 saves.

With the win, Feeney and the Quakers kept their playoff hopes alive. He also had nine ground balls on the week to go along with a .587 save percentage and a 9.50 goals against average. It marks the first career Ivy League Player of the Week honor for Feeney, who was a two-time Rookie of the Week in 2011 (Feb. 28 and April 25).

Feeney’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 2 GS, 120:00 Mins., 19 GA, 9.50 GAA, 27 Svs., 58.7 Sv.%, 1-1

Harvard freshman Will Walker (Scituate, Mass.) tallied six goals and added an assist to help the Crimson to a 1-1 week. Walker, who ranks fourth on the Crimson with 18 points, scored a career-high four goals and dished out an assist for a five-point effort in an 18-4 win over Quinnipiac Tuesday. He scored four goals on only five shots in the victory.

Walker added two goals at Penn Saturday. Prior to Walker’s honor, Daniel Eipp was the last Crimson player to earn Rookie of the Week honors (April 4, 2011).

Walker’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 6G, 1A, 7 Pts., 12 Shots, .500 shooting%

Jeff Cohen, Harvard (Sr., A – Syosset, N.Y.)
2GP, 5G, 3A, 8 Pts., 2 CT, 16 Shots, .312 shooting%

John Conneely, Penn (Sr., A – Dix Hills, N.Y.)
2GP, 4G, 3A, 7 Pts., 12 Shots, .300 shooting%

Matt Donovan, Cornell (Fr., A – Morristown, N.J.)
1GP, 2G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 CT, 5 GB, 3 Shots, .667 shooting%

Matt Gibson, Yale (Sr., A – Point Lookout, N.Y.)
1GP, 5G, 5 Pts., 6 GB, 2 CT, 9 Shots, .556 shooting%

Mike MacDonald, Princeton (Fr., A – Georgetown, Ontario)
2GP, 3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 3 Shots, 1.000 shooting%

Conrad Oberbeck, Yale (Fr., A – Greenwich, Conn.)
1GP, 2G, 1A, 3 Pts., 1 CT, 1 GB, 4 Shots, .500 shooting%

Will Round, Brown (So., G – Mt. Lebanon, Pa.)
1GP, 1 GS, 74:17 Mins., 11 GA, 8.88 GAA, 17 Svs., 60.7 Sv.%, 0-1

Tom Schreiber, Princeton (So., M – East Meadow, N.Y.)
2GP, 6G, 3A, 9 Pts., 1 CT, 4 GB, 11 Shots, .545 shooting%

Max Van Bourgondien, Cornell (Jr., M – New York, N.Y.)
1GP, 4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 1 CT, 4 GB, 11 Shots, .364 shooting%

Monday, April 16
(-/20) Yale at Stony Brook, 7 p.m.          

Tuesday, April 17
Dartmouth at Vermont, 6 p.m.
Penn at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m.
Providence at Brown, 7 p.m.            

Friday, April 20
(19/19) Bryant at (-/20) Yale, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 21   
*(13/14) Princeton at Harvard, 1 p.m.                   
*Penn at Dartmouth, 1 p.m.
*Brown at (3/3) Cornell, 3 p.m.

Friday, April 27
1 - Penn vs. Virginia, 7:30 p.m. [ESPN3]

Saturday, April 28
*Harvard at Yale, 2 p.m.
*Dartmouth at Brown, 3 p.m.
*Cornell at Princeton, 7 p.m. [ESPNU]

Friday, May 4
2 - Semifinal One, TBA [ESPN3]
2 - Semifinal Two, TBA [ESPN3]

Sunday, May 6
2 - Championship, TBA [ESPNU]

* - 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.

1 - Mile High Classic at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
(Denver, Colo.)   
2 - Ivy League Tournament (at No. 1 seed)