Harvard is 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 2002 (Gil Talbot).
AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 14/15 Harvard men's lacrosse team has developed a flair for the dramatic, defeating UMass in overtime, 10-9, for its third-straight overtime win to begin the season.
Devin Dwyer scored the game-winner just 10 seconds into the extra session off a feed from Morgan Cheek, capping off his second-straight seven-point performance. The senior finished with a career-high five goals and two assists, extending his point-scoring streak to 36 games while moving him into ninth place on Harvard's career scoring list with 158 points. Dwyer's two helpers, meanwhile, put him at 100 for his career, the fourth-highest total in program history.
Sophomore Robert Shaw improved to 3-0 on the season with 11 saves in goal, including his final save with 3 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.
Harvard won the groundball battle by a 24-20 margin despite UMass (1-2) owning a 13-21 advantage at the X. Lang and Sean Mahon led the squad with four groundballs apiece, as Keegan Michael collected three. Michael took all but one faceoff for the Crimson and went 4-of-4 in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Buddy Carr paced the Minutemen with three goals while Peter Lindley added two goals and one assist. Dan Dolan, who took over in goal at halftime, took the loss with seven goals against and six saves in 30:10 of action. D.J. Smith began the game in the crease and made seven saves while allowing just three goals.
Harvard had previously never played in three-consecutive overtime games, let alone won three-straight in OT. The Crimson's 3-0 start, meanwhile, is its first since going 4-0 to begin the 2002 season.
Both goaltenders were up to the task early, combining for four saves through the first four-plus minutes. Lang was the first to break through midway through the quarter, and he was followed by Ardrey to make it a 2-0 game. After the teams traded goals, Shaw stonewalled a Brendan Hegarty attempt right on the doorstep, and added his fourth save of the quarter to maintain the two-goal margin, 3-1.
UMass exploded in the second quarter with five straight goals to go in front, 6-3, and continued its run with the first tally of the second half for a 7-3 margin. Harvard began chipping away at the lead and pulled within 8-6 on back-to-back strikes from Dwyer, but the Minutemen answered for a 9-6 edge heading into the fourth quarter.
Ardrey began a 4-0 run to close out the game for Harvard, with Cheek and Lang following to put the score at 9-9 at the end of regulation.
Game Notes: Harvard has won three-straight games in overtime to begin the season, marking the first time the team has won three-straight in overtime … Harvard has trailed at halftime in all three of its overtime wins … Harvard is 3-0 for the first time since beginning the 2002 season 4-0 … Devin Dwyer registered seven points (5g, 2a) to extend his point-scoring streak to 36 games … Devin Dwyer moved into ninth place in program history with 158 career points and ranks fourth with 100 career assists … Devin Dwyer has recorded back-to-back seven-point games … Morgan Cheek recorded career-highs with six points and five assists.