No. 12 Men's Lacrosse Defeats No. 15 Yale, 10-9; Advances to Ivy League Tournament Final
Harvard will play in the Ivy League Tournament final for the second time in four years (Elan Kawesch).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second time in as many weeks, the No. 12 Harvard men's lacrosse team earned a hard fought one-goal win over No. 15 Yale, this time besting the visiting Bulldogs by a score of 10-9 to advance to the championship game of the 2014 Ivy League Tournament.
Harvard will meet third-seeded and 10th-ranked Penn in the final, giving the Crimson an opportunity to avenge its only conference loss of the year. Faceoff from Harvard Stadium is scheduled for 12 p.m. live on ESPNU, with the winner earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The Crimson withstood a quick start by Yale thanks in part to strong defensive play down the stretch. Junior Jake Gambitsky made 10 saves on the day, including seven in the second half, while Harvard's defensive unit of Joe Petrucci, Stephen Jahelka and Bobby Duvnjak held Yale's duo of Conrad Oberbeck and Brandon Mangan to four goals and one assist. Harvard allowed just three Bulldog goals after the intermission, including a stretch of 19:25 in which Yale was kept off the board.
The Crimson attack was efficient, converting 24 shots into 10 goals. Devin Dwyer again led the way with five assists, to go with hat tricks from both Peter Schwartz (3g, 1a) and Ian Ardrey (3g). Deke Burns contributed two goals as Daniel Eipp turned in one goal and two assists.
- Devin Dwyer registered five assists to pace the offense.
- Peter Schwartz (3g, 1a) and Ian Ardrey (3g) each turned in a hat trick.
- Deke Burns added two goals.
- Daniel Eipp contributed one goal and two assists.
- Jake Gambitsky totaled 10 saves in goal, including seven in the second half.
- Brian Fischer led the defensive charge with four ground balls.
- Harvard kept Penn off the board for a stretch of 19:25 in the second half.
- Harvard has advanced to the Ivy League Tournament Final for the second time in program history. The Crimson also reached the championship game in 2011, in its only other Ivy League Tournament appearance.
- Harvard defeated Yale for the second time in seven days after having earned an 11-10 victory April 26 in New Haven. The last six games played between Harvard and Yale have been decided by a total of 10 goals.
- Harvard has earned four wins over opponents ranked in the top 20 this season (at Cornell, vs. Princeton, at Yale, vs. Yale). The Crimson now boasts nine wins versus ranked opponents under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse.
- Harvard's 10 wins overall this year are the most since 2011 (10-6). The Crimson has won 10 or more games 16 times in program history.
- Harvard improved to 7-0 at home this season and is 22-9 in Cambridge under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse.
- With Sunday's matchup of Harvard and Penn set, this will mark the first time since the Ivy League Tournament's inception in 2010 that the title has not gone to Princeton, Cornell or Yale.
- Devin Dwyer recorded five assists on Friday and has totaled 11 assists in his last two games versus Yale. Dwyer also extended his point-scoring streak to 17 games (15g, 49a) and has turned in at least three assists in seven of the 11 games he has played. His 35 assists this season rank eighth in program history.
- Peter Schwartz extended his point-scoring streak to 16 games with three goals and one assist. Schwartz has recorded 44 points (27g, 21a) during this time, including three hat tricks this season.
- Ian Ardrey turned in his second hat trick of the year with three goals.
- Jake Gambistky recorded 10 saves in goal, including seven in the second half, while allowing just nine goals. This marks the 10th time this season Gambitky has posted double-digit saves and the 10th time he has allowed fewer than 10 goals.
- Long-pole Jack Breit notched one assist for his sixth point of the season (4g, 2a).
- The teams exchanged 3-1 runs to go into the second quarter tied, 4-4.
- Harvard scored four straight goals in the second for an 8-6 halftime edge.
- Yale scored the only two goals of the third quarter to tie the game, 8-8.
- Harvard scored twice to begin the third quarter and held off a late rush by Yale to preserve the win, 10-9.
Lead Changes: Three
Largest Leads: Harvard by three – 3rd: 0:36, Yale by two – 1st: 12:05
Harvard will host Penn in the Ivy League Tournament final on Sunday, May 4 at Harvard Stadium. Faceoff is slated for 12 p.m. live on ESPNU.