THE GAME

 

Ned Crotty, Duke, will be a high MLL draft pick this year

Ali versus Frazier.  USA vs the Soviets.  Harvard vs Duke.  Tonight at 7pm the 7th ranked Duke Blue Devils storm into Harvard Stadium to take on the 15th ranked Crimson of Harvard.  Nearly 5 thousand people are expected to be on hand to witness the return of the chosen one, Max Quinzani, as he attempts to lead his team one step closer to an unforgetable season.

Harvard (5-2), has lost both of their games by a combined 3 goals, to Georgetown and Brown respectively. Conversely, Duke (7-3), beat Brown by a slim 1 goal margin, 11-10 and also has a win over Georgetown to their credit. Duke has reeled off 5 consecutive wins since losing back to back games to 4th ranked Maryland in OT and 3rd ranked North Carolina.

Despite the two hiccups, there is a special feeling in the air down at the Square, as Harvard beat UMASS for just the second time in the last six years.  The Crimson are led by junior attack Dean Gibbons 27 points (17 goals, 10 assists) and sophomore Jeff Cohen who leads the team with 19 goals while shooting with 46% accuracy.

Defenseman Billy Geist, a captain, was named a Preseaon All American and has backed up the accolades, playing solid in front of the net.

Juniors Christian Oberbeck and Andrew Parchman as well as freshman Alex White combine to form a strong faceoff unit for Harvard. The Crimson must convert more of their man-up opportunities, as they have capitalized on just 46% of those chances, and they must take care of the ball as they have a tendency to get sloppy.

Duke is led by seniors Ned Crotty and Duxbury native Max Quinzani. Quinzani has 43 points, 37 of which are goals, many fed by Crotty, 41 points, who boasts 33 assists so far this year. Zach Howell, a junior attack, rounds out the scoring contributing 37 points, 27 coming the way of the goal.

Dukes defense is sturdy, anchored by All American Parker McKee with Mike Manley and Dan Theodoridis providing support. Together they help Duke cause nearly twice as many turnovers as the team commits.

I have a feeling not many people are picking Harvard in this one, but they are primed for a big game and a big upset. So thats the pick, Crimson 13 Duke 11 in a classic.

Enjoy THE GAME.

Billy Geist, Harvard, is a leader for Harvard

Check out yesterdays post on THE GAME in the “College Lax” category on the right for all the players from New England and their uniform numbers so you can cheer them on!

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