CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 14/15 Harvard men's lacrosse team defeated Dartmouth 18-8 Saturday afternoon in Harvard Stadium for its first Ivy League victory of the year.
The Crimson's scoring attack was led by Devin Dwyer, who netted three goals while adding four assists, and Will Walker, who scored four goals. Sean Mahon and Morgan Cheek added two goals apiece, with Cheek also assisting on three goals. Harvard had 13 student-athletes record at least one point in the game.
All four Crimson goalies saw time in net. Starter Robert Shaw earned his fifth win of the season, making 10 saves in 40:43 of action. Bryan Moore and Jack Corbett contributed two saves each, while Colin Delea also added a save. The goaltender committee was assisted in the defensive third by Bobby Duvnjak who led the team with four caused turnovers and also scooped up five ground balls.
Harvard was edged out at the X, 15-14, but was able to win the ground ball battle 36-31. Keegan Michel won 13-of-23 faceoffs and collected a game-high 12 ground balls.
With the win, Harvard improves to 5-4, 1-1 in the Ivy League, while Dartmouth falls to 1-6, 0-1 in the Ivy League. The Crimson will return to action Wednesday, March 30 on the road against Albany at 7 p.m.
Walker opened the scoring at 13:43 off a feed from Joe Lang to jump start the Crimson, which was able to score the next three goals before Richie Loftus put Dartmouth on the board to end the first quarter, 4-1. Another Big Green goal to start the second quarter brought Dartmouth within two, but Harvard quickly responded, scoring six-straight. Loftus netted his second of the game with just nine seconds remaining in the half to bring the score to 10-3 at the break.
Freshman Joe Balaban relieved Blair Friedensohn in net for Dartmouth to start the second half, but even a new net minder could not stop the Crimson's momentum. Dwyer potted his third goal of the game eight seconds in to start a 5-2 run which closed the third quarter with a 15-5 lead for the Crimson.
The Big Green played the Crimson even through the final 15 minutes, with each team scoring three goals apiece, as Harvard cruised to an 18-8 final score.
Game Notes: Devin Dwyer finished the day with seven points (3g, 4a), extending his point scoring streak to 42 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation … Devin Dwyer has recorded at least five points in seven of nine games this season … Devin Dwyer's 48 points (28g, 20a) are one shy of his career high … Devin Dwyer registered his sixth hat trick of the year, while Will Walker recorded his first of the year … Beau Bayh and Spencer Evans each scored the first goal of their careers … Bobby Duvnjak, who entered the game ranked fourth in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game, registered a team-high four caused turnovers and collected five ground balls … Robert Shaw recorded double-digit saves for the sixth time this season … Harvard's 18 goals were the most scored since a 21-18 loss to then No. 10/9 Albany on March 25, 2015.