PRINCETON, N.J. - It was another banner week for the Ivy League men's lacrosse teams, going 7-2 in nonconference action as attention turns to the start of this League slate this weekend.
Cornell had the biggest win of the week, knocking off No. 2-ranked Virginia, 12-9. Freshman goalkeeper Christian Knight limited the high-scoring Virginia offense to nearly six goals below their average in his first ever collegiate start. The Big Red scored nine straight goals as part of a 10-2 run that erased an early three-goal deficit.
Cornell is one of three unbeaten teams left in the nation along with Maryland and Johns Hopkins. All three squads sit currently at 5-0.
With the 7-2 mark last week, the Ivies are now 19-9 in nonconference play with seven of the nine losses coming against ranked competition.
The first Ivy League games of the season come up on the slate this Saturday. Fresh off of its big win over Virginia, Cornell will host Yale. The Bulldogs suffered an overtime loss at Fairfield last Saturday and will host Lehigh on Tuesday before the League opener.
Penn heads up I-95 to take on Princeton on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers have won three in a row after their opening loss at Duke, while the Tigers have lost consecutive home games to Johns Hopkins and North Carolina.
Saturday night, Harvard hosts Brown. The Bears are 3-1 after beating Hobart on Saturday, 13-10. Harvard is 3-2 after a solid win at Georgetown on Saturday, 15-7.
All four games on the docket this week will be streamed live on The Ivy League® Digital Network.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell junior attack Matt Donovan (Morristown, N.J.) had an eight-point week, including a big day to help The Big Red beat second-ranked Virginia. Against the Cavaliers, Donovan had two goals and three assists as Cornell came away with a 12-9 win. Donovan had four of his five points as Cornell got back into the game after trailing in 5-2. Those two goals and two assists turned the deficit into a 6-5 Cornell lead at the intermission and sparked a 10-2 Cornell run. Donovan also had a goal in two assists in a 19-6 rout of Canisius earlier in the week.
Donovan's Statistics for the Week
2 GP, 3G, 5A, 8 Pts., 2 GP, 12 Shots, 6 SOG
Harvard junior goalkeeper Jake Gambitsky (Wantagh, N.Y.) had 30 saves in two Crimson wins last week. After recording 12 saves in a 10-8 win over Quinnipiac on Tuesday, Gambitsky had a career-high 18 saves on 25 shots on goal in Harvard’s 15-7 win at Georgetown on Saturday. Gambitsky now has double-digit saves in four of five games this season and has a League-high 59 saves this season (11.8 per game).
Gambitsky’s Statistics for the Week
2 GP, 2-0, 116:57 min., 15 GA, 7.70 GAA, 30 saves, 66.7 sv%, 3 GB
CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman attack Dylan Molloy (Setauet, N.Y.) had another strong week to lead the Bears to a pair of wins. Molloy had four goals and an assist in Wednesday’s win over Hartford, 15-7. He then followed that up with a game-high three goals and game-high seven ground balls as Brown defeated Hobart, 13-10.
Molloy now has 11 goals and two assists in his first four collegiate contests.
Molloy’s Statistics for the Week
2 GP, 7G, 1A, 8 Pts., 3 GB, 12 shots, 9 SOG
Cornell freshman goalkeeper Christian Knight (Baltimore, Md.) made the most of his first collegiate start on Saturday -- beating second-ranked Virginia. After making seven saves in his debut against Canisius on Tuesday, Knight got the nod against the Cavs and responded with 15 saves on 24 shots on goal to hand UVA its first loss of the season and shut down one of the highest scoring offenses in the nation (entered at 14.77 GPG).
Knight’s Statistics for the Week
2 GP, 1-0, 84:17 min., 13 GA, 22 svs., 62.9 sv%
Conrad Oberbeck, Yale (Jr., A,
1 GP, 1 GS, 4G, 1A, 5 Pts.
Nick Doktor, Penn (So., A,
2 GP, 2G, 1A, 3 Pts.
Tom Schreiber, Princeton (Sr., M,
East Meadow, N.Y.)
1 GP, 3G, 3A, 6 Pts., 2 GB
Jordan Schochet, Brown (Jr., FO,
2 GP, 22-28 FO, 7 GB
Tuesday, March 11
[14/15] Lehigh at [17/17] Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, March 15
*[17/17] Yale at [8/8] Cornell, 1 pm [IVY]
*[11/12] Penn at [16/16] Princeton, 3 pm [IVY]
*[RV/--] Brown at [--/RV] Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
Tuesday, March 18
[8/8] Cornell at [19/RV] Colgate, 4 pm
Dartmouth at [7/5] Penn State, 5 pm
[16/16] Princeton at Villanova, 7 pm
[--/RV] Harvard at [5/4] North Carolina, 7 pm [ESPN3]
*Ivy League game
[IVY] game streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network
Rankings listed as Warrior Media / USILA