The Harvard men's lacrosse team will take on Ivy League champion Brown in the semifinals of the Ivy League Tournament on Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
The Bears enter the game ranked second in both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/Nike Division I Coaches' Poll and the Cascade/Maverik Media Poll. The Crimson leads 38-33 in the all-time series against Brown, but has fallen to the Bears in the past two meetings.
What To Watch For
• The winner of Friday's matchup will play the winner of Yale versus Princeton Sunday, May 8 at noon in the Ivy League Tournament final live on ESPNU. Sunday's winner will earn the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
• Devin Dwyer enters play Friday ranked eighth in the NCAA in points per game (4.57). The senior has already set a career- high with 37 goals this season, ranking 19th in the country, while his team-leading 27 assists rank 16th.
• Devin Dwyer enters Friday's game boasting a 47-game point streak, the fourth-longest active streak in the country. He has totalled 182 points (75g, 107a) during the streak and ranks fourth in program history with 203 career points (85g, 118a).
• Senior Bobby Duvnjak currently ranks fourth in the nation in caused turnovers per game (2.14). Duvnjak has caused 30 turnovers while also leading the team with 43 ground balls.
• Sophomores Morgan Cheek (26g, 22a) and Joe Lang (21g, 13a), and senior Will Walker (20g, 4a) rank second, third and fourth on the team in points.
• Sophomore goalie Robert Shaw has made double-digit saves in 10 games this season.
• Devin Dwyer has been named one of 25 nominees for the 2016 Tewaaraton Award. He is the first Crimson student-athlete receive the honor.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's lacrosse team couldn't withstand a fourth-quarter surge from No. 6/6 Yale last Saturday, falling to the Bulldogs 9-8 in the regular-season finale.
Morgan Cheek lead the Crimson in points with four goals, followed by Devin Dwyer (2g), Will Walker (1g, 1a), Sean Mahon (1g), Ian Ardrey (1a), and Joe Lang (1a).
Robert Shaw took the loss in goal, making six saves versus nine goals allowed. He was assisted in the defensive third by Jack Breit (3ct, 3gb), Bobby Duvnjak (2ct, 3gb), and Stephen Jahelka (5gb).
In the Ivy League Tournament
Friday's contest will mark Harvard's third appearance in the Ivy League Tournament. The Crimson has advanced to the tournament final in both previous trips, but is yet to come away with an Ivy League Tournament championship. The Crimson has never met the Bears in the tournament.
Devin Dwyer enters play Friday ranked eighth in the NCAA in points per game (4.57). The senior has already set a career-high with 37 goals this season, ranking 19th in the country, while his team-leading 27 assists rank 16th.
Can't Stop Him
Devin Dwyer has recorded at least one point in 54 of 55 career games and is tied for the nation's fourth-longest active point-scoring streak at 47 games. The senior has totaled 182 points (75g, 107a) during his current streak. He ranks fourth in program history with 203 career points, and is third with 118 career assists. Additionally, Dwyer is ranked 10th among Ivy League all-time leaders in assists, and is closing in on entering the league's top-10 in points as well, needing 12 more.
Dwyer will become the first Crimson student-athlete to lead the team in points all four years under Coach Wojcik.
Devin Dwyer has been named one of 25 nominees for the 2016 Tewaaraton Award, presented by Under Armour. He is the first Crimson student-athlete receive the honor.
The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. A short list of five finalists for the award will be announced on May 12. The winner will be declared on June 2 at the 16th-annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Senior Bobby Duvnjak currently ranks fourth in the nation in caused turnovers per game (2.14). Duvnjak has caused 30 turnovers while also leading the team with 43 ground balls.
Bobby Duvnjak was named first team Midseason All-America by Inside Lacrosse on March 31. The senior led the team in ground balls (33) and caused turnovers (24) through its first 10 games.
All but three points scored by the Crimson this season have come from a member of either the senior or sophomore class. Senior Devin Dwyer (37g, 27a) leads the team with 64 points, while sophomores Morgan Cheek (26g, 22a) and Joe Lang (21g, 13a), and senior Will Walker (20g, 4a) rank second, third, and fourth, respectively. Seniors Ian Ardrey (12g, 8a), Sean McDonagh (7g, 7a), Sean Mahon (10g, 1a), Brendan Newman (6g, 1a), Keegan Michel (2g, 2a), Jack Breit (3g), Bobby Duvnjak (3a), Deke Burns (1g), along with juniors Matt Ryan (2g) and Jamie White (1a), and sophomores Sean Coleman (7g, 8a), J.T. Palladino (3g, 3a), Carney Mahon (2g), Beau Bayh (1g), and Spencer Evans (1g) have also gotten in on the action.
Now In Goal
Robert Shaw owns a 7-7 career record in goal, with three of his victories coming in overtime. The sophomore, who played just 4:18 as a freshman, sports a .531 save percentage while allowing 10.36 goals against. He has made double-digit saves in 10 games and at least 15 saves in three games this season.
Senior Will Walker was named Ivy League Player of the Week on April 25, following his performance versus Princeton. Walker set a career-high in points (7) and goals (6) in the win that clinched a spot for Harvard in the Ivy League Tournament.
Devin Dwyer was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the second time this season and third time in his career on March 28 after recording a total of 12 points (7g, 5a) against Boston University and Dartmouth. He also earned the award on March 7 after tallying six points (4g, 2a) to lead the Crimson over 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.
Future NCAA Championships Host
The NCAA, Gillette Stadium and Harvard University announced on April 12 that the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships will be played at Gillette Stadium, the home of the National Football League's New England Patriots and Major League Soccer's New England Revolution. The Division I, II and III Men's Lacrosse Championships will be played over Memorial Day Weekend, on May 27-29 in 2017 and on May 26-28 in 2018.
The agreement marks the fourth and fifth times the championships will be held at Gillette Stadium, where the event has enjoyed a history of tremendous success. In 2008, Gillette Stadium set attendance records for the Division I final (48,970) and the Division II and III finals (24,317).
Harvard has teamed with the NCAA several times in recent years to host NCAA championship events. In addition to hosting the 2008, 2009, and 2012 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships, Harvard served as host for the 2006 women's basketball Final Four at the TD Bank Garden, the 2010 fencing championships at Gordon Indoor Track, and the 2013 women's water polo championships at Blodgett Pool.
Senior CLASS Award
Walker Kirby has been named one of 10 finalists 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.
The winner of the award will be chosen following a vote from fans, national media members, and NCAA Division I coaches. Nationwide voting is already open and will remain open through May 9. The Senior CLASS Award recipient will be announced during the 2016 NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championships in Philadelphia, May 28-30.
20-Plus Goal Scorers
Harvard boasts four goal scorers with 20-plus goals this season (Devin Dwyer, 37; Morgan Cheek, 26; Joe Lang, 21; Will Walker, 20). This is the second consecutive year that the Crimson has completed the feat. Previously under Chris Wojcik '96, the Crimson had never had more than two goal scorers with 20-plus goals in a season.
Home Field Advantage
Harvard is 31-14 at home under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, including a 4-2 record this year. The Crimson is 13-10 in Harvard Stadium with Wojcik at the helm, and boasts an 18-4 record at Jordan Field.
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.
Climbing the Ranks
The Crimson was ranked as high as No. 8 in the Coaches Poll on March 8, 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 All-America honorable mention and first team All-Ivy League accolades along the way.
Lights, Camera, Action
Harvard will play on television a total of seven times in 2016, including four of six 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.
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. Harvard has played a total of four overtime games this season, the most in program history.
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 marked only the sixth time that Harvard had 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.
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.
Harvard is 13-17 in games decided by one goal under Chris Wojcik '96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, including a 5-4 record in overtime.
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.
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.