The Crimson have been ranked among the nation's best in all three preseason polls released (Elan Kawesch).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's lacrosse team continues to pick up preseason accolades as the 2016 season approaches, being tabbed as the No. 15 team in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/Nike Division I Preseason Coaches Poll and as the No. 20 team in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division I Preseason Top 20.
Harvard, which was also ranked No. 14 in the 2016 Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook, returns 34 letterwinners from last year's squad which ranked 10th in the NCAA in scoring offense (12.29). Expected to lead the attack is three-time All-Ivy League selection and two-time Tewaaraton Award Watch List nominee Devin Dwyer (20g, 29a). A senior from Garden City, New York, Dwyer ranks fourth in Harvard history with 91 career assists and needs just 16 points this season to enter Harvard's all-time top 10. He will be joined on the offense end by classmates Ian Ardrey (24g, 8a), Deke Burns (26g, 2a) and Will Walker (18g, 5a), as well as sophomore Joe Lang (21g, 7a).
Starting goalkeeper Bryan Moore will also return between the pipes after receiving All-Ivy League second team accolades a season ago. Moore ranked 16th in the country in saves per game (11.23) as a junior and was 20th in save percentage (.541).
In front of Moore will be several familiar faces including Walker Kirby (33gb, 8ct), an All-Ivy League honorable mention pick in 2015, Jack Breit (24gb, 6ct) and Matt Ryan (49gb, 25ct). The Crimson defense will be bolstered by the return of 2015 Tewaaraton Award Watch List nominee Stephen Jahelka and 2014 USILA All-America honorable mention selection Bobby Duvnjak. Jahelka appeared in just two games last year while Duvnjak missed the entire season due to injury.
In addition, the Crimson has welcomed eight newcomers to the roster as members of Harvard's Class of 2019.
Harvard will open its 2016 campaign at home against Villanova (Feb. 20) and Holy Cross (Feb. 23). In addition to its tradition slate of Ivy League competition, the Crimson will also face perennial powerhouse Duke on a neutral field at Hofstra on March 5, and will play at Penn State on March 12 and at Albany on March 30.