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Men's Lacrosse Weekly Release - Week 4

Dean Gibbons of Harvard (left) and Rob Pannell of Cornell (right) combined for 24 points in four games last week.
Dean Gibbons of Harvard (left) and Rob Pannell of Cornell (right) combined for 24 points in four games last week.

Complete Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Weekly Release

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy men’s lacrosse teams put up six wins last week, including a pair of victories by Harvard, as well as one win each by Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth and Yale. The Crimson’s first win of the week came as it topped Georgetown in an offensive affair, 16-15. Harvard then followed with a win over Bellarmine. After falling behind 5-4, the Crimson scored the game’s next eight goals en route to a 21-10 win.

Dartmouth posted a 16-7 midweek win at Holy Cross for its third win in a row. With the game tied 3-3 near the end of the first quarter, the Big Green went on a nine-goal outburst to pull away. Jeff Perkins led the Big Green with five goals on the day.

Yale also used an offensive salvo to continue its win streak, downing Lehigh, 10-6, at home on Saturday to move to 4-0 on the year. The 18th-ranked Bulldogs held a slight 3-2 lead at the half, but scored seven of the game’s next eight goals to ensure that they will enter Ivy play with an unbeaten record.

Fourteenth-ranked Cornell split a pair of games, earning a 14-7 win at home over Canisius but falling to second-ranked Virginia, 11-9 in a neutral site game at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium as part of the 2011 Face-Off Classic. The game was tied 7-7 at the end of the third quarter, but the Cavaliers scored the next two to establish a lead it would not relinquish

After falling at Hartford, 8-6, in a midweek defensive-minded contest, Brown responded by downing Saint Joseph’s, 11-4. Senior attackman Andrew Feinberg scored four goals to lead the Bears to the win.

Fifteenth-ranked North Carolina proved a tough match for a pair of Ivies last week. The Tar Heels knocked off ninth-ranked Penn, 12-6, to start the week and followed by besting seventh-ranked Princeton, 9-5.

Senior attack Dean Gibbons (Garden City, N.Y.) notched seven goals and added six assists for a 13-point week, leading the Crimson to wins over No. 20 Georgetown and Bellarmine. Against the 20th-ranked Hoyas, Gibbons netted four goals, including one on a man-up opportunity. He also caused two turnovers and picked up a ground ball as the Crimson held on for the upset. Against Bellarmine, Gibbons handed out a career-high six assists and added a hat trick for a career-best nine points. He also caused a turnover and picked up a ground ball in the win. Gibbons is Harvard’s first Player of the Week since Greg Cohen earned the honor on May 7, 2007.

Gibbons’ Weekly Stats
7G, 6A, 13 Pts., 22 Shots, 13 SOG, 2 GB, 3 CT, Team: 2-0

Junior attack Rob Pannell (Smithtown, N.Y.) created and then scored goals in bunches last week en route to an 11-point week. Against Canisius, he dished out six assists and added a goal. Then against second-ranked Virginia, he was the best offensive player on the field, notching a game-high four goals as Cornell’s upset bid came up just short, 11-9. For the week, Pannell averaged 5.5 points per game, accounting for more than one-third of Cornell’s total points (11-of-32). He has earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week.

Pannell’s Weekly Stats
5G, 6A, 11 Pts., 19 Shots, 7 SOG, 1 GB, 1 CT, Team: 1-1

Freshman midfielder Daniel Eipp (Groton, Mass.) certainly made his presence felt offensively last week, helping the Crimson improve to 3-1 overall with wins over No. 20 Georgetown, 16-15, and Bellarmine, 21-10. Eipp tallied two unassisted goals against the Hoyas, and assisted on the game-winning goal with 2:46 left, giving Harvard a 16-12 lead. He also picked up two ground balls. Against Bellarmine, Eipp scored a career-best four goals and added an assist for a five-point effort. Eipp tallied three goals and had an assist in the second quarter alone, helping Harvard outscore the Knights, 8-1, in the quarter and carry a 12-5 lead into halftime. He also caused a turnover in the win. He is Harvard’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since Alex White earned the honor on April 26 of last season.  

Eipp’s Weekly Stats
6G, 2A, 8 Pts., 2 GB, 8 Shots, 7 SOG, 2 GB, 1 CT, Team: 2-0

Patrick Coleman, Yale, Sr., LSM (Ridgewood, N.J.)
1A, 1 Pt., 2 Shots, 2 SOG, 5 GB, 7 CT, Team: 1-0

Kip Dooley, Dartmouth, Jr., Attack (Minneapolis, Minn.)
2G, 3A, 5 Pts., 5 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GB, Team: 1-0

Andrew Feinberg, Brown, Sr., Attack (Owing Mills, Md.)
8G, 2A, 10 Pts., 26 Shots, 17 SOG, 3 GB, Team: 1-1

Tyler Fiorito, Princeton, Jr., G (Phoenix, Md.)
1-1 GP-GS, 60:00 mins., 14 SVS, 9 GA, 9.00 GAA, 0-1

Mike O’Neil, Cornell, Fr., M (Fayettteville, N.Y.)
3G, 3 Pts., 8 Shots, 5 SOG, 3 GB, Team: 1-1

Jeff Perkins, Dartmouth, Fr., Attack (Dallas, Texas)
5G, 1A, 6 Pts., 7 Shots, 5 SOG, Team: 1-0

Tom Schreiber, Princeton, Fr., M (East Meadow, N.Y.)
1G, 2A, 3 Pts., 4 Shots, 2 SOG, Team: 0-1

Corey Winkoff, Penn, Sr., Attack (Laurel Hollow, N.Y.)
1G, 6A, 7 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 2 GB, Team: 0-2

The battle for the 2011 Ivy League title begins this week with three League contests. But first, Harvard plays host to Holy Cross on Tuesday and Princeton’s grueling schedule continues as it welcomes 15th-ranked Villanova to Class of 1952 Stadium for its fourth game in a row against a top-20 opponent (a streak that will extend to at least five when it meets Penn on Saturday).

Then, on Saturday, March 19 the 2011 conference schedule begins. Twelfth-ranked Cornell opens its Ivy slate at 16th-ranked Yale, Harvard plays at Brown and 11th-ranked Princeton travels to 18th-ranked Penn.

Last season, Brown, Cornell, Princeton and Yale tied atop the League standings with 4-2 records in League play. The four teams advanced to the first Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament, where Princeton edged Yale (7-6) and Cornell downed Brown (14-8) to advance to the title game. The Tigers bested Cornell in an overtime thriller (10-9) to take the inaugural Ivy League tournament title.  

Dartmouth, which does not play an Ivy game this week, puts its three-game win streak on the line with a tough road contest at seventh-ranked Duke on Sunday.

Tuesday, March 15
Holy Cross at Harvard, 4 pm
(15) Villanova at (11) Princeton, 7 pm

Saturday, March 19
(12) Cornell at (16) Yale, 1 pm*
Harvard at Brown, 1 pm*
(11) Princeton at (18) Penn, 3 pm*

Sunday, March 20
Dartmouth at (7) Duke, 1 pm

(#) - refers to national ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll released on March 14.

* - Ivy League contest.