PRINCETON, N.J. – Yale’s Conor Mackie was named Ivy League Player of the Week, while Brown freshman Jack Kniffin has earned Rookie of the Week, the league announced.
- As a league, the Ancient Eight is 18-21 in non-conference action, for a winning percentage of .461.
- Yale (2-0) and Brown (1-0) sit atop the Ivy League standings with perfect records. Princeton, Penn and Harvard are tied for third with matching 1-1 marks.
- Yale re-entered the top-20 with its win over then-No. 12/13 March 23. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 19 in the Coaches’ poll and No. 20 in the Media poll. Princeton dropped down to No. 15/17 in the two polls. Penn continues to receive votes in both polls.
- The Ivy League has registered three wins against opponents ranked in the top-20, while seven losses against ranked teams have been decided by two goals or less.
- The impact of freshmen is being felt across the Ancient Eight this season. Entering the week, rookies have accounted for 157 goals and 244 points. Princeton’s Michael Sowers paces the class with 19 total goals, while the Cornell duo of Connor Fletcher and Jeff Teat have netted 15 goals apiece.
- Brown senior Dylan Molloy is 29 points shy of becoming Brown’s all-time leading scorer. The senior has 287 career points to rank second behind Darren Lowe ’92.
- Four Ivy Leaguers rank in the top-10 in the country in points per game. Brown’s Dylan Molloy and Harvard’s Morgan Cheek rank 3-4, respectively, averaging 5.71 and 5.63 points per game.
- Dartmouth ranks third in the nation in caused turnovers, forcing 11.80 turnovers per game. Timmy Burke (1.43) and Kyle Clampitt (1.29) pace the Big Green in forcing turnovers per game.
- This week’s schedule features four games, all available on ILDN. Saturday action is highlighted by two key league matchups, including Brown at Princeton and Yale at Penn.
TUESDAY, MARCH 28
No. 8 Albany at Harvard, 7 pm [ILDN]
SATURDAY, APRIL 1
Brown at Princeton, 1 pm [ILDN]
Yale at Penn, 1 pm [ILDN]
Dartmouth at Cornell, 1 pm [ILDN]
Brown senior Dylan Molloy is 29 points shy of becoming Brown’s all-time leading scorer. The senior has 287 career points to rank second behind Darren Lowe ’92. Molloy moved into t-13th place overall in the NCAA Division I career scoring with 287 points, while his 178 career goals rank 13th in the NCAA record book.
Princeton’s Zach Currier enters the weekend with 95 career points, looking to follow Gavin McBride to the 100-point mark one game after McBride did so against Yale, March 23. Michael Sowers has 42 points (19G, 21A) in just eight games, making him the second-fastest Princeton player to ever reach 40 points in a season, one behind Mike MacDonald.
Cornell’s Marshall Peters ranks sixth in caused turnovers (48) and needs three more to move into fifth place on Cornell’s all-time list. Christian Knight moved into ninth on the Big Red’s all-time career saves list and needs 18 more to move into eighth-place.
The Ivy League and ESPN have agreed to expand the coverage of the 2017 Men’s Lacrosse Tournament with all three games being nationally televised on ESPNU. The 2017 Tournament, which will be held May 5-7, will take place at the site of the tournament’s top seed.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yale's faceoff specialist, Conor Mackie (Glen Rock, N.Y.) was dominant in the Bulldogs 16-13 win over Ivy League rival No. 12 Princeton. The junior took every faceoff for the Bulldogs and won 79 percent (26-33). Mackie also picked up 18 groundballs in the win.
Mackie’s Weekly Statistics
1 GP, 26-33 FO, 18 GB, 1 shot at then-No. 12 Princeton
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown’s freshman Jack Kniffin (Darien, Conn.) helped the Bears to a 2-0 week with three goals and an assist for four points. Against Holy Cross, Kniffin had a goal, an assist, four groundballs and caused two turnovers in the Bears’ come-from-behind win. At Massachusetts, Kniffin scored the game-winning goal in extra time to lift Brown to a 10-9 overtime win. Kniffin’s game-winning goal was his second in the game.
Kniffin’s Weekly Statistics
1 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 Pts., 4 GB, 2 CT vs. Holy Cross
1 GP, 2 G, 2 Pts., 1 GB at Massachusetts
Morgan Cheek, Harvard (Jr., A – Wellesley, Mass.)
1 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 Pts., 1 GB at Boston University
1 GP, 4 G, 4 A, 8 Pts., 3 GB, 1 CT at Dartmouth
Connor Fletcher, Cornell (Fr., A – Newton, Pa.)
1 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 Pts., 4 GB vs. Colgate
1 GP, 5 G, 1 A, 6 Pts., 1 GB vs. Penn
Matt Gaudet, Yale (Fr., Hamilton, On.)
1 GP, 3 G, 3 Pts., 2 GB at Princeton
Ryan Graff, Harvard (Fr., A – Bloomington, Minn.)
1 GP at Boston University
1 GP, 4 G, 4 Pts., 2 GB at Dartmouth
Simon Mathias, Penn (So., A – Ridgefield, Conn.)
1 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 6 Pts., at Cornell
Gavin McBride, Princeton (Sr., A – Haverford, Pa.)
1 GP, 5 G, 2 A, 7 Pts., 1 GB vs. Yale
Dylan Molloy, Brown (Sr., A –Setauket, N.Y.)
1 GP, 7 G, 3 A, 10 Pts., vs. Holy Cross
1 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 Pts., 1 GB at Massachusetts