The No. 15/16 Harvard men's lacrosse team returns to conference play as it travels north to take on Dartmouth Saturday, March 21. Face off is scheduled for 2 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Harvard will be looking to get back in the win column after dropping back-to-back games at Brown and North Carolina. Dartmouth, meanwhile, will be returning to action with a 1-3 record after a two-week break from play.
Rank and File
Harvard is ranked No. 15 in the USILA Div. I Coaches Poll, and 16th in the Cascade/Maverik Div. I Media Top 20. Eight of Harvard's 2015 opponents are also ranked or receiving votes in the polls, including four Ivy League programs; North Carolina (2/2), Duke (4/4), Cornell (7/7), Yale (9/9), Princeton (10/13), Brown (12/12), Albany (13/11), and Boston University (RV/RV).
Last Time Out
Will Walker scored three goals while three others totaled three points but it was not enough as the No. 15/16 Harvard men's lacrosse team fell at No. 2/2 North Carolina Tuesday night, 15-10.
Walker's hat trick was his first of the season and ninth of his career as Devin Dwyer extended his point-scoring streak to 26 games with one goal and two assists. Ian Ardrey and Deke Burns also added one goal and one assist, with Jack Breit, Morgan Cheek, Brendan Newman and Carney Mahon contributing one goal apiece.
Bryan Moore took the loss in goal, allowing 15 goals while making 10 saves. Austin Williams was solid at the X, winning 14-of-26 face offs, despite North Carolina holding a slight 40-39 edge in ground balls. Breit and Dwyer each collected six ground balls as Sean Mahon and Williams notched four apiece.
Have a Day
Devin Dwyer enjoyed a record-setting day at Holy Cross (March 9), matching the program records for points scored and assists with 12 total points on four goals and eight assists. Mike Eckert '96 previously set the program record for points in a game with 12 versus Penn in 1995, while seven former student-athletes had previously recorded eight assists, most recently in 1981.
Dwyer's 12 points represent the second-highest total in the NCAA this season while his eight assists also rank second.
Pouring it On
Harvard scored 20 goals and dished out 17 assists in its win at Holy Cross. The 20 goals scored was the second-highest total under head coach Chris Wojcik '96, while the team's 17 assists was the highest total.
The Crimson defeated Bellarmine, 21-10, on March 11, 2011, representing the most goals scored under Coach Wojcik.
Just Win, Baby
Junior Bryan Moore is 4-2 in goal this season, having posted an 11.12 goals against average and .532 save percentage. Moore registered the first two wins of his career in relief of Jake Gambitsky before taking over the starting role.
Moore entered the year having appeared in just four career games while logging 10:23 in net.
Can't Stop Him
Devin Dwyer has recorded at least one point in 33 of 34 career games, including each of the team's last 26 outings. The junior has totaled 97 points (28g, 69a) during his current streak, and ranks sixth in program history with 82 career helpers.
Dwyer leads the Crimson with 31 points (11g, 20a) with his 2.86 assists per game ranking third in the NCAA.
Tickling the Twine
Deke Burns leads Harvard with 21 goals scored with his 3.00 goals per game average ranking as the 11th-highest total in the NCAA. Burns has scored at least one goal in each game this season, eight straight dating back to last year, and bosts six games with two or more goals.
Burns began the year in a big way, scoring seven goals in the team's opening win over UMass. The seven goals marked the most goals scored since Jeff Cohen '12 totaled eight versus Michigan on March 31, 2012.
Joe Lang currently ranks third on the team in points (20), and is second in both goals scored (14) and assists (6). The freshman began his career by scoring at least one goal in six straight games, and boasts five multi-point performances.
Will Walker is Harvard's active career leader in goals scored with 61. The junior turned in 35 goals last season as a sophomore, ranking as the 12th-highest single-season total in program history.
Turning Defense into Offense
Long stick midfielder Matt Ryan scored one goal in four straight games from Feb. 28 to March 9 and has totaled five points (4g, 1a) on the year.
Fellow long stick middie Jack Breit is the Crimson's career scoring leader among long poles with 13 points (7g, 6a), including two goals this year. Walker Kirby has also added two goals with the long stick.
Deke Burns was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Feb. 23 after scoring seven goals in Harvard's 14-13 come-from-behind win over UMass to open the season. The honor was the first of Burns' career.
Joe Lang collected his first career Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor March 10 after totaling nine points (7g, 2a) in wins versus Quinnipiac and Penn State.
Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 26-10 at home under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, including a 3-0 record this season. The Crimson is 11-8 in Harvard Stadium with Wojcik at the helm, and boasts a 15-2 record at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.
Tewaaraton Watch List
Devin Dwyer and Stephen Jahelka were each named to the 2015 Tewaaraton Award Watch List as two of the top 50 players across all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse. Dwyer was also included on the Watch List last year, while Jahelka is making his first appearance.
The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and female college lacrosse players in the United States. The selection committees are made up of premier collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation.
Bobby Duvnjak, Brian Fischer and Devin Dwyer were each named Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Americans. Duvnjak and Fischer were each selected to the second team, while Dwyer received third team honors.
Additionally, five Crimson were recognized on the Preseason All-NEILA first team while Harvard was chosen first in the NEILA Preseason Poll; Duvnjak, Dwyer, Fischer, Stephen Jahelka and Sean Mahon.
Brian Fischer was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Boston Cannons. Fischer, who became the sixth student-athlete in program history to be taken in the draft, was chosen 34th overall as the fourth pick in the fifth round.
He joins former Harvard standouts Daniel Eipp (2014 draft 32nd overall, Rochester Rattlers), Kevin Vaughn '12 (2012 draft 14th overall, Denver Outlaws), Daniel DiMaria '12 (2012 draft 41st overall, Charlotte Hounds), Jason Duboe '10 (2010 draft 33rd overall, Boston Cannons) and Henry Flood '07 (2007 draft 32nd overall, Washington Bayhawks) as one of six Crimson to be selected in the draft.
Named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America second team, Fischer 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.
Captaining the Ship
Senior Jake Gambitsky and juniors Stephen Jahelka and Sean Mahon were voted by their teammates as captains for the 2015 season.
"I am pleased to announce that Jake Gambitsky, Stephen Jahelka, and Sean Mahon have been elected captains for the 2014-2015 season," Wojcik stated. "Leadership development is an important component of our mission at Harvard and our lacrosse program. Each of our captains possess intrinsic leadership qualities, and this year I expect them to learn and grow as they help guide our team."
Welcome to Cambridge
Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse has once again assembled one of the top recruiting classes in the nation with the addition of 12 freshmen for the 2015 season. Harvard's Class of 2018 has been ranked as the ninth-best recruiting class by Inside Lacrosse and features five individuals ranked in the top 100.
"We are happy to welcome our freshmen to the Harvard Lacrosse family as they arrive on campus today," Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, stated. "Twelve young men join our program, representing seven states and Washington D.C. The incoming class is an accomplished group, well prepared to begin the next chapter of their lives at Harvard. We expect the class of 2018 to make a significant contribution to our program as we begin preparations for the 2015 season."
Harvard has boasted a top-10 recruiting class each of the last six years, including third-ranked classes in 2011 and 2009, and the fourth-ranked class a year ago.