Harvard opens its season at home on Feb. 20 versus Villanova (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seven members of the Harvard men's lacrosse team have been named to the Preseason All-New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) teams, the association announced Monday.
Recent Major League Lacrosse draft picks Stephen Jahelka and Devin Dwyer headline the selections as each was named to the Preseason All-NEILA first team. Jahelka, a defenseman drafted in the second round, 14th overall, by the Denver Outlaws, is returning to the turf this season after an injury caused him to miss all but two games a year ago. Also named to this year's Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America third team, Jahelka was tabbed to the 2015 Tewaaraton Award Watch List before sustaining his injury. An All-Ivy League second team and All-NEILA first team selection as a sophomore in 2014, Jahelka enters his final year in Cambridge with 74 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers to his credit in 33 games.
Dwyer, who was drafted in the sixth round, 46th overall, by the Florida Launch, ranks fourth in Harvard history with 91 assists and at 139 points. A 2014 USILA All-American, two-time Tewaaraton Award Watch List nominee, and three-time All-Ivy League selection and, Dwyer totaled a career-high 49 points a year ago on 20 goals and 29 assists. In addition, Dwyer has twice earned recognition as an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American, and also garnered NEILA All-New England Rookie of the Year plaudits following his freshman campaign.
Joe Lang (attackman), Ian Ardrey (midfielder), Bobby Duvnjak (defenseman), Jack Breit (long stick midfielder), and Sean Mahon (short stick defensive midfielder) were also recognized by NEILA on Monday as members of the association's second team. Lang, an All-Ivy League honorable mention and All-NEILA second team selection last year as a freshman, was third on the team in both goals (21) and points (28). Ardrey, meanwhile, was second in both goals (24) and points (32) and joined Lang as an All-Ivy League honorable mention and All-NEILA second team selection.
Duvnjak is also returning from an injury which kept him out for the entirety of last season after he had been named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America second team and Preseason All-NEILA first team. Prior to the injury he received USILA All-America honorable mention, All-Ivy League first team and All-NEILA first team honors as a sophomore. Duvnjak will enter this year having collected 55 ground balls and having caused 33 turnovers in 29 games played.
Despite battling his own injuries which limited him to eight games in 2015, Breit contributed with 24 ground balls, six caused turnovers and three goals as a junior. In 34 career outings, he has turned in 77 ground balls, 14 caused turnovers and 14 points on nine goals and six assists.
Mahon, a two-time captain for the Crimson along with Jahelka, also received Preseason All-NEILA first team honors heading into last season. A dual threat for the team, Mahon boasts 29 points (15g, 14a) and 37 ground balls for his career, including a career-high 19 ground balls and five caused turnovers a year ago.
Harvard will host a total of six games in Cambridge this year beginning with the season opener on Saturday, Feb. 20 against Villanova. Other teams visiting Cambridge this season include Holy Cross (Feb. 23), Brown (March 19), Boston University (March 22), Dartmouth (March 26), and Princeton (April 23). To purchase your season or single-game tickets now, click here.