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Boston University Holds Off No. 14/15 Men's Lacrosse, 9-8

Dwyer has scored a career-high 25 goals through eight games (Brian Ballweg).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 14/15 Harvard men's lacrosse team came away on the wrong end of a 9-8 decision against Boston University Tuesday night under the lights of Harvard Stadium.

Harvard (4-4, 0-1 Ivy League) scored three-straight goals to counter a 5-0 run from BU (7-2, 2-1 Patriot League) and make it a one-goal game, but Morgan Cheek's spinning attempt in front of the crease with 1:02 to play was turned aside by the Terriers' Christian Carson-Banister to secure the win.

Devin Dwyer paced Harvard with four goals and one assist, his fifth game this season with at least four goals and sixth with at least six points. The Tewaaraton Award candidate has now scored at least one point in 41-consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak in the country, and has 42 points (25g, 16a) on the year.

Cheek added two goals and two assists to extend his own point-scoring streak to 10 games, with Sean Coleman and Will Walker adding goals of their own.

Robert Shaw played a solid game in goal with seven saves, as Bobby Duvnjak stood out once again with three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Cal Dearth carried the offensive load for BU with four goals and two assists. Carson-Banister, meanwhile, finished the evening with 13 saves, and held Harvard off the scoreboard for a stretch of 31:17 before its comeback attempt.

The Crimson returns to Harvard Stadium Saturday, March 26 as it hosts Dartmouth at 3 p.m. live on NESNplus and the Ivy League Digital Network.

Harvard got out of the gates quickly, taking a 2-0 lead 1:36 into the game. Coleman found the back of the net first just nine seconds in, and was followed by Dwyer's first of the night.

Play evened out as the teams traded blows back-and-forth until strikes by Greg Farris and Dearth evened the score at 4-4 with 12:02 to play in the second quarter. The teams were only able to add one goal apiece before the half, taking a 5-5 stalemate into the intermission.

BU took its first lead at 12:44 of the third quarter on Pat Myers' second tally, 6-5, and added to its margin with another goal from Dearth, 7-5. Dearth completed his hat trick to put the score at 8-5, and following his fourth goal the Terriers led 9-5 with 9:19 remaining.

Harvard's comeback began with Dwyer's fourth goal, and the senior fed Cheek with 5:35 to play to make it a 9-7 game. Cheek potted his second straight with just 1:28 on the clock and Harvard maintained possession thanks to a flag against BU, but the sophomore was unable to make it three in a row as Carson-Banister turned aside his attempt on the doorstep with 62 ticks remaining, helping to seal the Terriers' 9-8 victory.

Game Notes: Devin Dwyer registered five points (4g, 1a) to extend his point-scoring streak to 41 games, the fourth-longest streak in the nation … Devin Dwyer has scored at least four goals in five games this season, and has registered at least six points in six games … Morgan Cheek extended his point-scoring streak to 10 games with two goals and two assists … Bobby Duvnjak has caused at least three turnovers in each of the last three games … Harvard has played in five games one-goal games this season, going 3-2 in those contests ... Six of Harvard's eight opponents this season have been ranked or listed as receiving votes.

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