The Harvard men's lacrosse team travels to UMass to take on the Minutemen at Garber Field Saturday, February 27 at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast live online via UMassAthletics.com.
The Crimson enters the game ranked 14th in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/Nike Division I Coaches' Poll, and 15th in the Cascade/Maverik Media Poll. The Minutemen are listed as receiving votes in both the coaches' poll and in the media poll. The Crimson trails 14-32 in the all-time series but is coming off a win in last year's matchup.
What To Watch For
- The Crimson graduated just four student-athletes from its 2015 roster and returns 34 letterwinners to the field this year.
- Devin Dwyer enters Saturday's game boasting a 35-game point streak, the fifth-longest active streak in the country. He has totalled 130 points (43 goals and 87 assists) during the streak and ranked 12th in program history with 151 career points.
- Sophomores Joe Lang (5g, 4a), Morgan Cheek (4g, 2a), and Sean Coleman (2g, 3a) rank second, third, and fourth on the team in points.
- Morgan Cheek was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Tuesday after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to beat Villanova in the team's opener.
- Devin Dwyer and Stephen Jahelka have been named to the 2016 Tewaaraton Award Watch list. Dwyer has been included on the list each of the last three years, while Jahelka has been named twice.
Last Time Out
The Crimson pulled off an improbable come-from-behind victory Tuesday afternoon at Jordan Field, erasing a 6-0 deficit to defeat Holy Cross in double-overtime on Brendan Newman's game-winner, 11-10.
Devin Dwyer finished the game with seven points on four goals and three assists, extending his point-scoring streak to 35 games. The senior now has 151 points for his career, becoming just the 12th student-athlete in program history to amass 150 points in his career.
Robert Shaw made seven saves in goal to earn his second career victory in 65:32 of action. He was assisted in the defensive third by Bobby Duvnjak who registered three caused turnovers and three ground balls, and Stephen Jahelka who chipped in two caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Can't Stop Him
Devin Dwyer has recorded at least one point in 42 of 43 career games and boasts the nation's fifth-longest active point-scoring streak at 35 games. The junior has totaled 130 points (43g, 87a) during his current streak. He ranks 12th in program history with 151 career points, and is fourth with 98 career assists.
Dwyer led the Crimson with 49 points (20, 29a) last season while his 2.07 assists per game ranked 14th in the NCAA. Dwyer has led Harvard in scoring each of the last three years, totaling 43 points (16g, 27a) as a freshman, 47 points (12g, 35a) as a sophomore, and 49 points (20g, 29a) as a junior. No Crimson student-athlete has led the team in points all four years under Coach Wojcik.
Now Starting In Goal
Robert Shaw owns a 2-0 career record in goal with both victories coming in overtime. The sophomore, who played just 4:18 as a freshman, sports a .542 save percentage while allowing 10.31 goals against.
Every point scored by the Crimson this season has come from a member of either the senior or sophomore class. Senior Devin Dwyer (5g, 7a) leads the team with 12 points, while sophomores Joe Lang (5g, 4a), Morgan Cheek (4g, 2a), and Sean Coleman (2g, 3a) rank second, third, and fourth, respectively. Seniors Ian Ardrey (2g), Seasn McDonagh (1g), Sean Mahon (1g), Brendan Newman (3g), and Will Walker (1a), along with second-year J.T. Palladino (1a), have also gotten in on the action.
Devin Dwyer and Stephen Jahelka have been named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, marking the second-straight year that the pair has been named to the list, and the third time that Dwyer has received the honor.
The Tewaaraton Award Watch List includes 50 players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse. The field will be narrowed to 25 nominees on April 28, and five finalists will be announced on May 12 The winner will be announced on June 2 at the 16th-annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Sophomore Morgan Cheek earned his first career weekly award on Feb. 23 when he was named the Ivy League Player of the Week. Cheek turned in a hat trick in Harvard's season-opening win over Villanova, including the game-winner in overtime.
Lights, Camera, Action
Harvard will play on television a total of six times in 2016, including each of the team's four remaining games in Cambridge. In addition, Harvard's neutral-site game versus Duke on March 5 will be simulcast on the Ivy League Digital Network and Lax Sports Network.
Stephen Jahelka, Devin Dwyer, and Joe Lang were each named Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Americans. Jahelka was selected to the third team, while Dwyer and Lang each received honorable mention selections. For Dwyer, this marked the third-straight year he has received Preseason All-America recognition from IL while Jahelka and Lang earned the distinction for the first time.
Additionally, the Crimson had seven players named to the Preseason All-New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) teams. Both Jahelka and Dwyer were named to the first team. while Lang, Ian Ardrey, Bobby Duvnjak, Jack Breit, and Sean Mahon were recognized as members of the second team.
Senior CLASS Award
Walker Kirby has been selected as one of 20 candidates for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Stephen Jahelka and Devin Dwyer were selected in the 2016 Major League Lacrosse Draft. The duo became the seventh and eighth players, respectively, drafted from Harvard entering their senior years.
Jahelka was selected in the second round, 14th overall, by the Denver Outlaws, matching Kevin Vaughn '12, who was also taken 14th overall by the Outlaws, for the highest draft slot by a Harvard student-athlete. Dwyer was selected in the sixth round, 46th overall, by the Florida Launch. This marked the first time since 2012 that multiple Crimson were in the same draft class.
The duo joins former Harvard standouts Brian Fischer '15 (2015 draft 34th overall, Boston Cannons), Daniel Eipp '14 (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) in the MLL ranks.
Sharing the Wealth
Harvard returns four goal scorers with 20-plus goals last season (Deke Burns, 26; Ian Ardrey, 24; Joe Lang, 21; Devin Dwyer, 20) and one who finished right on their heels (Will Walker, 18). Previously under Chris Wojcik '96, the Crimson had never had more than two goal scorers with 20-plus goals in a season.
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 eight freshmen for the 2016 season. Harvard's Class of 2019 has been ranked as the 15th-best recruiting class by Inside Lacrosse and features five individuals ranked in the top 100.
Harvard has boasted a top-15 recruiting class each of the last seven years, including the third-ranked classes in 2011 and 2009, and the fourth-ranked class in 2012.
Associate head coach Ben DeLuca and assistant coaches Eric Wolf and Joe Nardella have joined the Harvard sideline this season.
DeLuca joins the staff after spending the previous two seasons as a defensive assistant at Duke, helping the Blue Devils to the 2014 national championship. DeLuca also played and coached at Cornell for 18 years, including three seasons as head coach of the Big Red from 2011-13.
Wolf served the previous four seasons as the offensive coordinator at Albany which boasted the nation's highest-scoring offense each of the last three years. He also coached three Tewaaraton Award winners (Lyle Thompson in 2014 and 2015; Miles Thompson in 2014).
Nardella is starting his first season working outside the painted lines after graduating from Rutgers in 2015. Nardella was named All-America and the Big Ten Specialist of the Year after his senior season in which he ranked third in the nation in faceoff percentage.
Harvard is 12-12 in games decided by one goal under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, including a 4-3 record in overtime.
The Crimson opened the season with back-to-back overtime wins, marking the first time since 2008 that Harvard has played multiple overtime games in the same season, and the first time since 2002 that the team has gone to overtime in back-to-back contests. The Crimson has not played three overtime games in the same season since 1990 when it won the program's third Ivy League championship.
Associate head coach Ben DeLuca was named as the assistant general manager for the 2018 Men's National Lacrosse Team. The team will pursue a record 10th gold medal at the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England.
Howdy Myers Man of the Year
Bob Scalise, The John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics, was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).
The award is given to someone who has contributed to the game of lacrosse in a capacity over and above the normal efforts and in so doing, has shown unselfish and untiring devotion to the game. The award itself is named in honor of Howdy Myers, who coached 17 championship teams at St. Paul's, Johns Hopkins, and Hofstra and was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1971.
Scalise spent his playing days at Brown, where he received numerous awards including All-New England and All-Ivy honors. At Brown, Scalise also set an NCAA record of 11 goals in one game, a mark that still sits atop the record books today. He was inducted into the Brown Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991. Scalise became the head coach of the Harvard men's lacrosse team in 1975. Through 13 seasons he led the Crimson to a 98-77 overall record, an Ivy League championship, and the program's first NCAA tournament appearance. During his tenure he coached 25 All-Americans and 39 All-Ivy League honorees. Scalise was appointed as Harvard's Athletic Director in 2001. Under Scalise, the Crimson has hosted three NCAA Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium (2008, 2009, 2012). Scalise is the current chair of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rule Committee and a former member of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament Selection Committee. He was inducted into the US Lacrosse Eastern Massachusetts Hall of Fame on July 11, 2015.