CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –The Harvard men’s lacrosse team will play seven home games and face four teams which reached last year’s NCAA tournament during the 2012 campaign.
Under Chris Wojcik ’96, who is in his second season as The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse, the Crimson will host 2011 NCAA tournament participant Hofstra and will visit Duke, Cornell and Penn, who made the NCAA postseason a year ago.
Harvard, which posted a 10-6 overall record, including a 3-3 mark in the Ivy League, reached the final of the Ivy tournament. This year’s Ancient Eight tournament will be held May 4-6 at the home field of the regular-season champion. The winner of the tournament will receive the Ancient Eight’s automatic berth to the NCAA championship.
“Our players and coaches eagerly await the 2012 season and the opportunity to compete in the Ivy League,” coach Wojcik said. “In addition, we have assembled a competitive out of conference schedule, and our program is looking forward to the challenge.”
The Crimson will open the 2012 season at home, hosting Vermont Feb. 25. Harvard will then visit local rival Holy Cross Feb. 28, before returning home to welcome Hofstra March 3. A week late, Harvard travels to play Georgetown March 10, before visiting Duke March 12.
The Ivy League season begins by hosting Brown under the lights at Harvard Stadium March 17 at 7 p.m. The Crimson will remain in Cambridge to welcome Dartmouth March 24.
Harvard will take a step out of conference play when it faces Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., for a midweek game March 27. The Crimson will also host Michigan, who is entering its first season at the Division I level, at Harvard Stadium March 31.
Coach Wojcik and the Crimson makes the trip to Cornell April 7, before returning home to welcome Quinnipiac for a Tuesday night game April 10. Harvard will then close out the regular season by visiting Penn April 14, hosting Princeton April 21 and then heading back on the road to play at Yale April 28.
Harvard will serve as host of the NCAA Championships at Gillette Stadium May 26-28, 2012.