Six Crimson Named to Preseason All-NEILA Teams
Eipp, Duvnjak and Jahelka were named to the Preseason All-NEILA first team (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRDIGE, Mass. – Six members of the Harvard men's lacrosse team have been honored by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) with inclusion on the Preseason All-NEILA teams. Daniel Eipp, Robert Duvnjak and Stephen Jahelka were each named to the first team, while Devin Dwyer, Brian Fischer and Jake Gambitsky were tabbed to the second team.
Eipp, who was chosen 32nd overall by the Rochester Rattlers in last month's Major League Lacrosse Draft, has played in 36 career games at Harvard totaling 76 points on 46 goals and 30 assists. A knee injury forced him to miss the final eight games of last season after earning All-Ivy League and NEILA All-New England second team honors as a sophomore. That year Eipp ranked second on the team in points (42), goals (24) and assists (18), and also contributed 21 ground balls. As a freshman he helped the Crimson to the championship game of the Ivy League Tournament with 24 points on 16 goals and eight assists, and was named the NEILA All-New England Rookie of the Year and All-Ivy League honorable mention.
Duvnjak came to Harvard ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2016 by Inside Lacrosse. As a freshman a year ago he helped to anchor the Crimson's defensive efforts, leading the team with 16 caused turnovers and totaling 23 ground balls. Duvnjak posted four caused turnovers and two ground balls in his first collegiate game against UMass, and also notched four caused turnovers and four ground balls in an 8-6 win over Georgetown. Additionally, Duvnjak turned in three caused turnovers as the Crimson upset then No. 16/14 Penn in overtime at Harvard Stadium, 8-7.
Jahelka led Harvard in caused turnovers as a freshman in 2012 with 17 and ranked second on the squad with 33 ground balls. The Garden City, N.Y., native registered two caused turnovers and four ground balls at Georgetown that year, tallied three caused turnovers and three ground balls against Michigan, and collected a season-high seven ground balls while causing one turnover at Cornell. Following the season Jahelka was named a tri-captain of the U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team, and along with Eipp and Sean Mahon, won a gold medal at the 2012 Lacrosse World Championships in Finland.
Dwyer, an All-Ivy League honorable mention selection last year as a freshman, became the first rookie to lead Harvard in scoring since 2009 and was the third member of the Crimson to earn All-New England Rookie of the Year honors. Dwyer's 43 points ranked ninth overall in the Ivy League while his 27 assists were third best in the conference. The freshman also registered 16 goals on the campaign, including six multi-goal performances and one hat trick. Dwyer scored at least one point in 13 of 14 games, tallied multiple points on 11 occasions, and closed the year out with multiple-point performances in six straight contests.
Fischer, a long stick midfielder, appeared in 14 games last season including 10 starts. The Garden City, N.Y., was fourth on the team with 10 caused turnovers and ranked fifth on the squad with 23 ground balls. Fischer notched two caused turnovers and two ground balls against Albany, and closed the season out with two caused turnovers and two ground balls at Yale. For his career, Fischer has made 23 appearances with 12 caused turnovers and 32 ground balls.
Gambitsky made nine total appearances and seven starts in goal for the Crimson as a freshman in 2012, posting 74 saves with a 10.61 goals-against average. He recorded 11 saves and picked up a ground ball in his career debut at Duke, and made six saves to earn his first career victory in overtime versus Brown, 10-11. A native of Wantagh, N.Y., Gambitsky also tallied 10 saves in a win over Dartmouth, notched 15 saves against UMass, and registered double-digit saves at Cornell (14) and at Penn (13).
Harvard will open the 2014 season on Feb. 22 at UMass before hosting Holy Cross Feb. 25 in the team's home opener. In total, the Crimson will play six games in Cambridge live on the Ivy League Digital Network, with the team's matchups against Dartmouth, Boston University and Princeton set to be simulcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App.