Harvard looks to move to 9-0 at home in 2014. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's soccer team looks to regain control atop the Ivy League standings this weekend as the Crimson treks north to Hanover, New Hampshire, to take on league front-runner Dartmouth on Saturday. Both Harvard and Dartmouth own identical 9-4-1 overall records, but the Big Green has gone 3-1-0 against Ancient Eight opponents, just ahead of the Crimson at 2-1-1.
The State of the League
During its nine-game unbeaten streak, the Crimson found itself with a hold of the top spot in the Ivy League standings, but after draws with Brown (1-1) and Dartmouth (1-1), and a defeat at the hands of Princeton (3-2), Harvard finds itself in a tie for second place behind Dartmouth and Princeton with 10 points. With eight points, the Crimson is tied with Penn during yet another crucial weekend.
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With just two games left in the year, Harvard has amassed 29 goals, good enough for nearly two per outing. The 92 total points the Crimson has put up is the most among the Ancient Eight and is No. 11 in the entire country, averaging 6.13 points per contest. The 34 helpers Harvard players have dished out is good for sixth in the land.
Twelve different players have found the back of the net this season, led by Tim Schmoll's and Kyle Henderson's four tallies each. After Philip Fleischman registered two goals in the 2-0 victory over Stony Brook last week, a total of six Crimson have registered at least three goals on the year, including Mark Ashby (3g), Hiroki Kobayashi (3g, 3a) and Daniel Smith (3g, 1a).
A trio of rookies along the Harvard midfield line has spurred the surge in assists this season. Sam Brown, Nate Devine and Christian Sady each own five helpers apiece, while eleven other Crimson have lend a helping hand this season to get to the Ivy League-best 34 assists.
In net, Evan Mendez has been a stalwart for Harvard all season. The junior has made 14 starts, allowing just 18 goals (1.27 GAA), while turning aside 41 shots (.695). Classmate Joe Festa has served admirably between the posts as well, picking up the start and the victory versus Stony Brook on Oct. 28. He has made four saves on the year without allowing a score in 120 minutes of action.
Columbia started out the season with a win over Michigan, before trading wins and losses until Ivy play. The Lions (7-6-1, 2-2-1 Ivy) come into the weekend on a two-game win streak after downing Yale, 2-1, and Sacred Heart, 1-0.
Both Rhys Williams and Francisco Agrest lead the pack of 10 Lions who have found the back of the net with three goals each. Arthur Bosua, Nicholas Pappacena and Frederick Elliot all have a pair of scores to round out the top point-earners. In net, Kyle Jackson has been the go-to keeper, picking up five wins with 14 goals allowed (1.22 GAA) and 37 saves (.725).
Following its bout with Columbia, the Crimson will close out the regular season in a week's time at Penn at 7 p.m.