Breit scored his second goal of the year and caused three turnovers (Penny Ashford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 8/7 Harvard men's lacrosse team overcame a five-goal deficit to force overtime but ultimately fell at Penn State Saturday morning, 13-12.
Harvard (4-2), which had been dubbed the "Cardiac Crimson" after winning three-straight overtime games to open the year, trailed 8-3 in the second quarter and faced a 12-8 deficit as the fourth quarter began. Harvard potted four goals in the frame to reach overtime for a fourth time this season, but Nick Aponte converted on an unsettled situation to give the game to Penn State (4-3).
Devin Dwyer was exceptional at the offensive end for Harvard, scoring four goals and adding two assists for a game-high six points. The senior boasts the nation's fourth-longest point-scoring streak at 39 games, with today's performance moving him to fourth place on Harvard's career list with 173 points (68g, 105a).
Robert Shaw played another solid game in goal despite the loss, making 10 saves against 32 shots faced. Jack Breit and Bobby Duvnjak also stood out in the defensive third with three caused turnovers apiece. The duo also hooked up for a goal in the second quarter, with Duvnjak winning a ground ball before feeding Breit for his second of the year.
Penn State was paced by Aponte's three-goal, three-assist effort as TJ Sanders (3g, 2a) and Grant Ament (2g, 3a) totaled five points apiece. Will Schreiner made 10 saves to earn the win.
Harvard opens Ivy League play next week as it hosts Brown on Saturday, March 19. Face off is scheduled for 1 p.m. live on ESPN3.
Harvard got off to a great start with goals by Will Walker and Ardrey putting the Crimson on top, 2-0. A pair of saves by Shaw were sandwiched in between as the sophomore kept the Nittany Lions off the scoreboard. Penn State erupted from there, however, scoring eight of the next nine goals for an 8-3 advantage 5:03 into the second quarter.
Back-to-back goals from Cheek helped Harvard turn the momentum, and strikes by Dwyer and Breit pulled the Crimson within 10-7. Dwyer netted his third of the day off a beautiful feed from Ardrey just before the half expired, putting the score at 10-8.
Penn State regained a four-goal margin to start the third and took that same lead into the fourth, 12-8.
Sean Coleman opened scoring in the fourth with a rocket from 15 yards out, and Lang made it a two-goal game with a great individual effort. Another from Dwyer on the doorstep kept the Crimson's surge going, and Sean Mahon got free in front of the net to complete the comeback and tie the score at 12-all.
Harvard held possession to begin overtime, but Cheek's shot was saved and the Nittany Lions pushed the ball upfield. Harvard did well to try and slow the fast break opportunity, but Aponte was able to work his way to the edge of the crease and snuck a shot past Shaw for the win.
Game Notes: Four of Harvard's six games have gone to overtime with the Crimson owning a 3-1 record in those contests … Devin Dwyer boasts a 39-game point-scoring streak, the nation's fourth-longest streak … Devin Dwyer has moved to fourth place on Harvard's career points list with 173 (68g, 105a) and ranks fourth in career assists … Devin Dwyer's 20 goals this season match his career-high … Morgan Cheek and Joe Lang boast goal-scoring streaks for eight games and seven games, respectively … Robert Shaw has made at least 10 saves in five of six games … Jack Breit and Bobby Duvnjak each caused three turnovers, matching the Crimson's season-high.