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Jake Gambitsky Speaks on Harvard's Goalkeeping, Defensive Situations

The senior captain has feelings. These are those feelings.

Jake Gambitsky had a pretty nice effort last season for the Crimson. After appearing in only two games in 2013, Gambitsky assumed the role of primary stopper for Harvard and earned second team All-Ivy League honors in 2014. His play in the cage helped the Crimson to their first NCAA Tournament invitation since 2006, and Gambitsky's play down the stretch last spring created some combustion for the Crimson's push into a May adventure: The keeper recorded 38 saves in the team's last four games before the first round of The Big Barbeque and held a 51.35 save percentage over the same stretch.

Here's Harvard's goalkeeping profile from last season (which is essentially Gambitsky's goaltending profile given the fact that he played over 98 percent of the Crimson's total minutes in 2014):

Saves per 100 Defensive Opportunities 31.46 47
Team Save Percentage 51.18% 37
Shots per Defensive Opportunity 1.07 22
Shots on Goal per Defensive Opportunity 0.61 22
Ratio of Shots on Goal to Total Shots per Defensive Opportunity 57.72% 25
Raw Defensive Shooting Rate 28.18% 29
Raw Defensive Shots on Goal Shooting Rate 48.82% 37
Strength of Schedule: Opposing Offenses Faced 32.29 19

Goalkeeping obviously doesn't exist in a vacuum (a team's field defense can influence a goaltender's performance as much as a keeper's individual effort impacts his momentum), but there is a reasonable expectation that Gambitsky can improve on his play from last year: The experience that Gambitsky earned in 2014 is invaluable, and a strong core of field defenders -- Stephen Jahelka and Robert Duvnjak, notably -- will return to control things out in front of the senior defensive anchor.