PRINCETON, N.J. -- At the midpoint of the League schedule, Harvard sits alone atop the Ivy League men's lacrosse standings.
Harvard used a six-goal third quarter to knock off second-ranked and previously unbeaten Cornell, 14-9, in Ithaca on Saturday afternoon. The Crimson held Connor Buczek and Matt Donovan scoreless and saw Gabriel Mendola win 20 of 26 faceoffs, including 17 of 23 against Cornell’s Doug Tesoriero (who ranked fourth nationally among active players in faceoff pct. entering the day).
The win has Harvard alone atop the Ivy League standings at 3-0. It is the first time the Crimson are 3-0 in Ivy play since 1998.
It also snapped a 16-game losing streak for Harvard against the Big Red. Harvard’s last win in the series had come on April 4, 1998 in Cambridge. Harvard also snapped Cornell’s streak of 20 consecutive games with 10 or more goals, which was the longest in the nation. Harvard has scored 10 or more in seven consecutive games and that is now the longest active streak.
Following Harvard's win, five Ivies are ranked in the USILA Top 20 this week. Four teams are ranked in the Warrior Media poll as Harvard is the top "also receiving votes" team. Cornell fell four spots to No. 6 in both polls. Yale is No. 13 in both polls. Penn is No. 11 in the Warrior poll and No. 12 in USILA. Princeton is No. 17 in the Warrior rankings and No. 15 in the USILA rankings. Harvard is No. 17 in the USILA poll.
Four teams sit in the middle of the Ivy standings with two losses. Some clarity of that logjam should start to come this weekend when Brown and Yale meet on Friday night with both teams looking to avoid a third League loss. Penn will also try to avoid a third Ivy loss when it hosts League-leader Harvard on Saturday.
Five games will be streamed on The Ivy League Digital Network this week. In addition, Tuesday night's non-League contest between Lehigh and Princeton will be shown on ESPNU.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard senior midfielder Gabriel Mendola (Ithaca, N.Y.) had quite the homecoming on Saturday as the Crimson knocked off second-ranked Cornell, 14-9. Mendola set career highs with 10 ground balls and 20 faceoff wins as Harvard beat Cornell for the first time since 1998 and took over sole possession of first place in the Ivy League standings. Mendola went head-to-head with Cornell’s Doug Tesoriero and won 17 of 23 opportunities.
During the decisive third quarter when Harvard outscored Cornell, 6-1, Mendola won six of eight faceoff opportunities.
Mendola’s Statistics for the Week
1 GP, 1 shot, 20-26 FO, 10 GB
Princeton senior midfielder Tom Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) carried the Tigers to victory on Saturday night, logging four goals and three assists in a 15-11 win over Rutgers. His seven points tied a career-high. His three assists came in Princeton’s 5-0 run over the final six minutes of the first half that turned a three-goal deficit into a two-goal lead.
A finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and candidate for the Tewaaraton Trophy, Schreiber scored his 100th career goal in the process to become the ninth Princeton player to ever reach the century mark. In addition, he is the first midfielder and fifth overall player in Ivy League history to record 100 goals and 90 assists in a career.
Schreiber leads the League in scoring with 44 points on 25 goals and a League-best 19 assists.
Schreiber’s Statistics for the Week
1 GP, 4G, 3A, 7 Pts., 8 shots, 6 SOG, 1 GB
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth attackman Jack McCormick (Danville, Calif.) had a career-high four points in the Big Green’s 16-10 loss at Yale on Saturday. McCormick had two goals and two assists in the loss, recording the first multiple-assist game for Dartmouth this season.
McCormick earns Dartmouth’s first Rookie of the Week honor in men’s lacrosse since March 30, 2009 (Fergus Campbell).
McCormick’s Statistics for the Week
1 GP, 2G, 2A, 4 Pts., 5 shots, 3 SOG
Devin Dwyer, Harvard (So., A -
Garden City, N.Y.)
1 GP, 1G, 3A, 4 Pts., 3 shots, 2 SOG, 2 GB, 1 CT
Will Walker, Harvard (So., A -
1 GP, 4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 12 shots, 7 SOG, 1 GB, 1 CT
Kylor Bellistri, Brown (So., M -
1 GP, 3G, 0A, 3 Pts., 7 shots, 4 SOG
Shane Thornton, Yale (Jr., M -
Garden City, N.Y.)
2 GP, 4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 9 shots, 6 SOG, 1 GB
Zack Losco, Penn (Sr., M -
1 GP, 1G, 2A, 3 Pts., 5 shots, 4 SOG, 1 CT
John Hogan, Cornell (Jr., M -
1 GP, 3G, 2A, 5 Pts., 5 shots, 4 SOG, 2 GB
Tuesday, April 8
Dartmouth at Hartford, 4 pm
Boston University at [RV/17] Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
[7/7] Syracuse at [6/6] Cornell, 7 pm [IVY]
[20/20] Lehigh at [17/15] Princeton, 7:30 pm [ESPNU]
Friday, April 11
[13/13] Yale at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, April 12
Dartmouth at [17/15] Princeton, 1 pm [IVY]
[RV/17] Harvard at [11/12] Penn, 1 pm [IVY]
[6/6] Cornell at [14/16] Hofstra, 1 pm
*Ivy League game
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network
Rankings listed as Warrior Media / USILA