Men's Lacrosse Tops BU, 9-8, in Final Non-Conference Matchup

Men's Lacrosse Tops BU, 9-8, in Final Non-Conference Matchup

Moore made 18 saves to help Harvard to its second-straight win (Office of Athletic Communications).

BOSTON – Behind an 18-save effort from Bryan Moore and a four-point performance by Devin Dwyer, the Harvard men's lacrosse team went on the road to defeat Boston University Tuesday night, 9-8, to close out the non-conference portion of its schedule.

Moore was stellar in goal, stopping 18 BU (6-5, 3-3 Patriot League) attempts while allowing just eight goals. The junior turned away one shot in the first quarter, six in the second, seven in the third, and had a clean sheet in the fourth quarter with zero goals allowed and four saves to preserve the victory.

Dwyer's four-point night included three goals and one assist, extending his point-scoring streak to 30 games. Joe Lang added two goals while Ian Ardrey (1g), Morgan Cheek (1a), Tim Edmonds (1g, 1a), Walker Kirby (1g) and Will Walker (1g, 1a) also got on the score sheet.

Matt Ryan led the charge in the defensive third, causing three turnovers while collecting six ground balls. The win improved Harvard to 6-5 overall and was the team's second victory in four days.

The two programs joined together for the game in support of the One Love Foundation, wearing special socks, bracelets and helmet decals to help raise awareness for relationship violence.

BU got on the board first, potting a pair of goals to take a 2-0 lead. Harvard responded with a three-goal run to take a 3-2 edge early in the second quarter, with Dwyer, Edmonds and Lang each finding the back of the net.

The Terriers scored twice within a 21-second span to regain a 4-3 margin, but Dwyer and Ardrey put the Crimson back in front as intermission neared, 5-4. Adam Schaal scored his third goal of the half with 56 seconds remaining, however, sending the teams into the break tied, 5-5.

Harvard was first to get on the scoreboard after play resumed and took a 7-5 advantage off the sticks of Walker and Lang. BU retaliated once again, and regained the lead with 28 seconds to play in the third quarter, 8-7.

Kirby fired a strike off the ensuing faceoff to level the playing field once again with 10 seconds on the clock, 8-8, and the teams would go another 13:05 seconds locked in the tie. The Crimson finally broke through with 2:05 remaining as Walker, playing from the X position, found Dwyer in front of the crease for the go-ahead goal.

BU won the resulting faceoff and tested Moore twice before the final horn sounded, but the junior was up to the task and made his final save just before time expired to cement the victory.

Harvard will return to action Saturday, April 11 as it hosts Penn in a men's and women's doubleheader. The men's teams will hit the field first at 12 p.m. before the women face off at 3 p.m., with both games being televised live on Fox College Sports.

Game Notes: Harvard and BU wore special socks, bracelets and helmet decals on Tuesday to help raise awareness for the One Love Foundation … Devin Dwyer registered four points (3g, 1a) to extend his point-scoring streak to 30 games dating back to 2013 … Ian Ardrey scored one goal to extend his point-scoring streak to 12 games … Bryan Moore turned aside 18 shots for his sixth victory of the year, marking his sixth straight game with at least 10 saves and seventh in eight starts … Harvard long poles have contributed 16 points this season; Matt Ryan (5g, 3a), Walker Kirby (4g), Jack Breit (3g), and Brian Fischer (1g) …  Matt Ryan leads Harvard with 22 caused turnovers on the year, the most by a member of the Crimson under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse.