Fischer collected 39 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers in 2014 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Bobby Duvnjak, Brian Fischer and Devin Dwyer have been named Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Americans, the publication announced Tuesday. Duvnjak and Fischer were each selected to the second team, while Dwyer received third team honors.
Duvnjak, a close defenseman, and Fischer, a long pole midfielder, helped anchor a Harvard defense in 2014 that allowed 9.76 goals per game while holding 11 of its 17 opponents to fewer than 10 goals. The pair was consistently called upon to defend against the opposition's top scoring threats, and in the team's 14-9 win at Cornell they helped to limit All-American's Connor Buczek, Dan Lintner, and Matt Donovan to just one goal on eight shots. Duvnjak, Fischer and company also stifled the high-powered Princeton offense in a 9-8 victory while holding All-American Tom Schreiber scoreless for just the second time in his career.
Duvnjak finished last season with 17 caused turnovers, 32 ground balls, and was named USILA All-America honorable mention, All-Ivy League first team and All-NEILA first team. Fischer, meanwhile, totaled 14 caused turnovers, 39 ground balls, and was selected to the All-NEILA first team and Ivy League All-Tournament team.
Dwyer led the team and ranked fifth in the conference with 47 points (12g, 35a) despite missing the first four games of the season due to injury. Without Dwyer in the lineup Harvard went 2-2 while scoring 9.75 goals per game, but after his return the Crimson went 8-5 while averaging 11.00 goals. The sophomore attackman's 35 assists last season were the eighth most in program history, while his 62 career assists rank 12th. Dwyer has totaled 90 points (28g, 62a) in just two years in Cambridge, and has scored at least one point in 19 straight games dating back to last year.
Like Duvnjak, Dwyer was honored as an USILA All-America honorable mention, All-Ivy League first team and All-NEILA first team selection in 2014.