No. 17 Men's Lacrosse Drops Overtime Thriller at No. 11 Penn, 8-7


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Penn 8, Harvard 7
Harvard (7-5, 3-1 Ivy)
Penn (6-3, 3-2 Ivy)
Franklin Field
Harvard leads, 44-37-2
vs. Princeton, April 19

Fischer caused three turnovers as the Crimson defense held Penn to eight goals (Zack Williamson).

PHILADELPHIA – The No. 17 Harvard men's lacrosse team saw a two-goal lead slip away Saturday afternoon as No. 11 Penn rallied for an 8-7 overtime win at Franklin Field.

The Quakers scored the equalizer with just 13 seconds remaining in regulation and netted the game winner with 2:38 to play in overtime off the stick of Kevin Brown. The loss was the first for Harvard in Ivy League play, dropping the Crimson into a tie with Cornell for first place in the conference while keeping Penn's Ivy League Tournament hopes alive.

Devin Dwyer paced the offense with three assists as Peter Schwartz added two goals and one assist. Gabriel Mendola went 13-of-18 at the faceoff X and matched his career-high with 10 ground balls, and Jake Gambitsky turned away 10 shots in goal.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Devin Dwyer dished out three assists to lead the attack.
  • Peter Schwartz added two goals and one assist.
  • Carl Zimmerman totaled two goals.
  • Gabriel Mendola took all 18 faceoffs for the Crimson and won 13. Mendola also collected 10 ground balls.
  • Jake Gambitsky made 10 saves in goal.
  • Brian Fischer caused three turnovers and collected five ground balls.
  • Stephen Jahelka came away with six ground balls.
  • Harvard outshot Penn, 36-27, went 13-of-18 at the faceoff X and won the ground ball battle, 35-22.

Game Notes:

  • Devin Dwyer recorded three assists, marking the ninth straight game that he has turned in at least three points. Dwyer has scored at least one point in 14 straight games overall, totaling 51 points (13g, 38a).
  • Peter Schwartz extended his point-scoring streak to 13 games with two goals and one assist, totaling 39 points (22g, 17a).
  • Gabriel Mendola matched his career-high of 10 ground balls while going 13-of-18 at the faceoff X. Mendola is 37-of-55 on faceoffs over the Crimson's last three games and has collected 22 ground balls.
  • Jake Gambitsky made 10 saves in goal, marking the seventh time this season he has recorded at least 10 stops. Gambitsky has held eight of Harvard's 12 opponents to nine goals or less.
  • Brian Fischer set a career-high with three caused turnovers and matched his personal best of five ground balls.
  • Stephen Jahelka collected a season-high six ground balls.
  • Saturday's result was nearly identical to last year's meeting between the teams, when Harvard won 8-7 in overtime on a strike by Murphy Vandervelde with 2:42 to play in the extra session.
  • Harvard saw its streak of eight straight games scoring at least 10 goals come to an end.
  • All five of Harvard's losses this season have come on the road against ranked opponents.
  • Harvard is tied with Cornell for first place in the Ancient Eight with two games against Princeton and Yale to play. Harvard needs at least one win to clinch a spot in the Ivy League Tournament and would earn the right to host with a pair of victories.

Game Progression:

  • Harvard and Penn were tied at the end of the first quarter, 1-1.
  • Penn scored to open the second quarter and take a 2-1 lead, but Harvard answered with a 3-1 run for a 4-3 at halftime.
  • Harvard opened a 6-4 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
  • Penn rallied with a 3-1 run in the fourth quarter, and scored twice in the final 4:03 to force overtime.

Ties: Five
Lead Changes: Two
Largest Leads: Harvard by two – 3rd: 4:08, Penn by one – 1st: 10:56

Up Next:
Harvard will host Princeton next Saturday, April 19 in its home finale at Harvard Stadium. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. with the game being simulcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.