Men's Lacrosse Takes Sole Possession of First Place with 14-9 Win at No. 2/2 Cornell


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Harvard 14, Cornell 9
Harvard (6-4, 3-0 Ivy)
Cornell (9-1, 3-1 Ivy)
Schoellkopf Field
Cornell leads, 64-24
vs. Boston University, April 8

The Crimson knocked off No. 2/2 Cornell to remain unbeaten in the Ivy League (Gil Talbot).

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard men's lacrosse team scored six goals in the third quarter to pull away for a 14-9 win at No. 2/2 Cornell Saturday afternoon and take sole possession of first place in the Ivy League.

Will Walker and Carl Zimmerman each tallied two goals during the run after the teams were deadlocked at halftime, 6-6. Walker finished the day with four goals and one assist to match his career-high of five points, with Deke Burns also matching his personal best of five points on three goals and two assists. Devin Dwyer added one goal and three assists.

Harvard remains unbeaten in the Ivy League with the win and now holds a half-game lead over Cornell in the standings. The Crimson owns a two-game advantage on Penn, Princeton and Yale in the loss column, and can clinch a spot in the Ivy League tournament with one victory in its final three conference games.  

Harvard Highlights:

  • Will Walker tallied four goals and one assist for five points.
  • Deke Burns also turned in five points, registering three goals and two assists.
  • Devin Dwyer added one goal and three assists for four points.
  • Peter Schwartz (2g, 1a) and Carl Zimmerman (2g, 1a) each totaled three points.
  • Gabriel Mendola won 20-of-26 faceoffs and collected 10 ground balls.
  • Jake Gambitsky made eight saves to pick up the win.
  • Harvard outshot Cornell, 38-21, and won the ground ball battle, 34-30.
  • Harvard was 16-of-17 on clear attempts.

Game Notes:

  • Will Walker (4g, 1a) matched his career-high with five points. Walker has scored at least four goals in each of the last three games, and has totaled six hat tricks on the year. Walker's 26 goals scored this season are the most for the Crimson since Jeff Cohen '12 tallied 48 in 2012.
  • Deke Burns (3g, 2a) also matched his career-high of five points. Burns has recorded two hat tricks on the year.
  • Devin Dwyer extended his point scoring streak to 12 games and has registered 45 points (11g, 34a) in that time. Dwyer has turned in at least three points in all six games he has played in this season.
  • Gabriel Mendola set career-highs with 20 faceoffs won and 10 ground balls collected. Mendola has won 55.8 percent (82-142) of the faceoffs he has taken this season.
  • Jake Gambitsky improved to 6-4 in goal.
  • Harvard improved to 3-0 in Ivy League play for the first time since 1998.
  • Harvard has scored at least 10 goals in each of its last seven games, which now stands as the longest streak in the nation. Cornell entered the game with the longest active streak, having scored in double-digits in 20 straight games dating back to March 23, 2013.
  • Harvard's victory snapped a nine-game winning streak for Cornell.
  • Harvard's win was its sixth versus a ranked opponent under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Lacrosse.

Game Progression:

  • Cornell took a 4-1 lead to open the game and held a 4-3 edge after the first quarter.
  • Harvard scored back-to-back goals to tie the game at 6-6 before the intermission.
  • Harvard used a 6-1 run in the third quarter to pull away for a 12-7 advantage.
  • Harvard and Cornell each scored two goals in the fourth quarter.

Ties: Two
Lead Changes: Three
Largest Leads: Harvard by six – 4th: 14:40, Cornell by three – 1st: 6:22

Up Next:
The Crimson will return home Tuesday, April 8 to host Boston University at Harvard Stadium with first faceoff scheduled for 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.