The Harvard men's lacrosse team travels to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions at University Park Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
The Crimson enters the game ranked eighth in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/Nike Division I Coaches' Poll, and seventh in the Cascade/Maverik Media Poll. Penn State is listed as receiving votes in the coaches' poll and the media poll. Harvard boasts a 2-0 all-time record against the Nittany Lions, including a 12-9 victory in last year's matchup.
What To Watch For
- Devin Dwyer entered the week as one of two players in the country ranked in the top 10 in both goals per game and assists per game.
- Devin Dwyer enters Saturday's game boasting a 38-game point streak, tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the country. He has totalled 146 points (54 goals and 92 assists) during the streak and is tied for sixth in program history with 167 career points.
- Sophomores Morgan Cheek (10g, 10a), Joe Lang (10g, 5a), and Sean Coleman (4g, 4a) rank second, third, and fourth on the team in points.
- Devin Dwyer was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday after recording six points (4g, 2a) to help the Crimson defeat Duke.
- 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 fell at Bryant Tuesday night for its first loss of the season, 12-9.
Devin Dwyer, Morgan Cheek and Joe Lang each scored two goals at the offensive end, with Dwyer adding an assist for a team-high three points.
Robert Shaw played a strong game in goal, turning aside 17 shots despite taking his first career loss. Matt Ryan and Bobby Duvnjak also made contributions in the defensive third, with Ryan registering five ground balls and three caused turnovers and Duvnjak chipping in four ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Climbing the Ranks
Harvard is ranked eighth in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/Nike Division I Coaches' Poll, its highest ranking since finishing the 1996 campaign ranked sixth. Head coach Chris Wojcik '96 captained that year's team to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, earning himself All-America honorable mention and first team All-Ivy League accolades along the way.
Against Top Talent
Harvard has defeated 14 ranked opponents under head coach Chris Wojcik '96, including four wins over top-10 teams. The Crimson has already defeated two ranked teams this season.
Devin Dwyer entered the week as one of two players in the country ranked in the top 10 in both goals per game and assists per game. Dwyer, who ranked fifth in assists per game (2.75) and sixth in goals per game (3.50) as of March 7, is joined by Brown's Dylan Molloy in the accomplishment.
Can't Stop Him
Devin Dwyer has recorded at least one point in 45 of 46 career games and is tied for the nation's fourth-longest active point-scoring streak at 38 games. The senior has totaled 146 points (54g, 92a) during his current streak. He is tied for sixth in program history with 167 career points, and is fourth with 103 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.
Every point scored by the Crimson this season has come from a member of either the senior or sophomore class. Senior Devin Dwyer (16g, 12a) leads the team with 28 points, while sophomores Morgan Cheek (10g, 10a), Joe Lang (10g, 5a), and Sean Coleman (4g, 4a) rank second, third, and fourth, respectively. Seniors Ian Ardrey (4g, 2a), Brendan Newman (5g), Sean McDonagh (2g, 3a), Sean Mahon (3g), Jack Breit (1g), Bobby Duvnjak (1a), Keegan Michel (1a), and Will Walker (1a), along with second-year J.T. Palladino (2g), have also gotten in on the action.
Devin Dwyer was named Ivy League Player of the Week on March 7 after recording six points (4g, 2a) to help the Crimson defeat Duke.
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.
Now Starting In Goal
Robert Shaw owns a 4-1 career record in goal, with three of his victories coming in overtime. The sophomore, who played just 4:18 as a freshman, sports a .552 save percentage while allowing 10.12 goals against.
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 was simulcast on the Ivy League Digital Network and Lax Sports Network.
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.
The Crimson opened the season with three-straight overtime wins. Based on available information, this is only the second time in NCAA history that a team has won three-consecutive overtime games, matching Fairfield who completed the feat in 2012. This is also the first time that Harvard has played three overtime games in one season since 1990, when it won the program's third Ivy League championship.
The Crimson's 4-0 start tied for its best since going 5-0 to begin the 2000 season. In the 126 years of the program's history, this is only the sixth time that Harvard has started 4-0. The best start in program history came in 1961 when the team opened with a 10-0 start.
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 13-12 in games decided by one goal under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, including a 5-3 record in overtime.
Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 29-12 at home under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, including a 2-0 record to begin this year. The Crimson is 11-8 in Harvard Stadium with Wojcik at the helm, and boasts a 18-4 record at Jordan Field.
Turning Defense into Offense
Harvard long sticks totaled 19 points (15g, 4a) last season; Matt Ryan (5g, 3a), Walker Kirby (4g), Jack Breit (3g), and Brian Fischer (3g, 1a).
Jack Breit is the Crimson's career scoring leader among poles with 15 points (9g, 6a).
Five of six Crimson student-athletes named All-Ivy League at the conclusion of last season return to the field this year (Devin Dwyer, second team; Bryan Moore, second team; Ian Ardrey, honorable mention; Walker Kirby, honorable mention; and Joe Lang, honorable mention).
Brian Fischer, who graduated in 2015, was also tabbed second team All-Ivy League.
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 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. 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, one 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.