No. 14/14 Men's Lacrosse Can't Complete Comeback in 11-8 Loss to No. 5/5 Brown

Walker turned in three points (2g, 1a) in Harvard's Ivy opener (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The matchup between No. 14/14 Harvard men's lacrosse and No. 5/5 Brown lived up to its billing as the Bears escaped Harvard Stadium with a hard-fought win Saturday afternoon, 11-8.

It was a one-goal game with 5:51 to play after Devin Dwyer found the back of the next, but Kylor Bellistri potted two of his three goals in the final moments to keep Brown unbeaten at 6-0 overall, 1-0 Ivy League. Harvard (4-3, 0-1 Ivy League) trailed by as many as six goals in the second quarter, 8-2, but as it has done all year the Crimson made a furious comeback in the second half to give itself a chance.

Brown's Dylan Molloy and Dwyer entered the game ranked first and second in the nation in points per game, but each was limited to just one goal and one assist. Bellistri, ranked second in goals per game, did his part with his fifth hat trick in six games.

Will Walker led Harvard's attack with two goals and one assist, with Sean Coleman dishing out three assists. Brown, however, received multi-goal efforts from Bellistri (3g), Henry Blynn (2g, 1a), Matt Graham (2g, 1a), and Stephen Hudak (2g).

Harvard's defense played well despite the loss, holding Brown, the nation's top-scoring offense, to a season-low 11 goals. Bryan Moore made 10 saves while allowing just six goals over three quarters in relief of Robert Shaw, with seven saves coming in a scoreless third quarter for the Bears. Bobby Duvnjak was also exceptional, setting career-highs with five caused turnovers and five ground balls.

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The defenses stood tall in the opening moments with Harvard forcing three turnovers against two caused turnovers for Brown. The Bears finally broke through with three goals over a 53-second span, and led 5-1 after Hudak's second of the day with 1:38 to play in the quarter. Harvard closed the gap to 5-2, however, as Morgan Cheek beat his defender with a roll dodge coming from X as time expired.

The pace slowed in the second quarter with just four goals scored, but three came off Brown sticks to give the Bears an 8-3 halftime advantage.

Harvard took it to Brown in the third quarter with strikes from Joe Lang and Walker in the first 51 seconds putting the score at 8-5. Dwyer later found Matt Ryan in transition to pull the Crimson within 8-6, and Moore kept the Bears off the scoreboard with seven saves.

Walker made it a one-goal game just 55 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Brown responded to regain a 9-7 edge. Dwyer's goal put the Crimson within striking distance once again with 5:51 on the clock, 9-8, before the Bears closed it out with a pair of Bellistri tallies for the final 11-8 margin.

Game Notes: Brown, which entered the game ranked first in the nation in scoring, was limited to a season-low 11 goals and was held scoreless in the third quarter … Devin Dwyer registered one goal and one assist to extend his point-scoring streak to 40 games, the fourth-longest in the NCAA … Devin Dwyer ranks fourth in Harvard history with 175 career points and is fourth with 106 career assists … Devin Dwyer's 21 goals this season are a career-high … Bryan Moore made his first appearance of the season in goal, stopping 10 shots against six goals allowed in 45:00 of action … Bobby Duvnjak set career-highs with five caused turnovers and five ground balls.