Harvard's three first team selections match the program record.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Six members of the Harvard men's lacrosse team have earned All-Ivy League recognition, conference officials announced Wednesday.
Bobby Duvnjak, Devin Dwyer, and Joe Lang headline the group as members of the first team, while Jack Breit, Morgan Cheek, and Walker Kirby were each tabbed to the second team. Harvard's three first-team selections is tied for the most in program history, while its six total picks are tied for the third-most.
Dwyer is putting together one of the finest seasons in Harvard men's lacrosse history, ranking eighth in the NCAA in points per game (4.57), 16th in goals per game (2.64), and 18th in assists per game (1.93). His 64 points are a career-high and rank sixth in program history, while his 37 goals, also a career-best, are 12th in program history. His 27 assists, meanwhile, are three shy of making him the first student-athlete in program history with 30-plus goals and 30-plus assists in a season.
Dwyer, an attackman, became the first Harvard student-athlete to be recognized as a Tewaaraton Award nominee last week and has twice been named Ivy League Player of the Week.
A native of Garden City, New York, Dwyer's name litters Harvard's record book as a three-time Tewaaraton Award Watch List honoree, three-time Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American, and now a four-time All-Ivy League selection. He ranks fourth in program history in career points (203) and is third in Harvard history, 10th in Ivy League annals, in career assists (118). Also a USILA All-America honorable mention recipient in 2014, Dwyer boasts a 47-game point-scoring streak which dates back to his freshman year, the fourth-longest active streak in the NCAA.
Duvnjak has helped to anchor Harvard's defensive unit which ranks 20th in the nation in man-down defense (.686) and is 25th in ground balls per game (29.29). An Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-America first team selection, Duvnjak ranks fourth in the nation in caused turnovers per game (2.14) with his career-best 30 caused turnovers and 43 ground balls leading the squad. A native of Manhasset, New York, Duvnjak received both All-Ivy League first team and USILA All-America honorable mention accolades in 2014.
Lang's inclusion on the All-Ivy League first team is his second all-conference accolade following last year's honorable mention nod. An Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America honorable mention pick this year, the sophomore midfielder ranks third on the team in goals (21), assists (13), and points (34). Hailing from Mill Valley, California, he currently sports a 15-game point-scoring streak and has turned in multiple-point efforts in 11 of 14 games.
Breit, a long stick midfielder from Essex Fells, New Jersey, ranks third on the squad in both caused turnovers (10) and ground balls (34). This marks the first All-Ivy honor of his career.
Kirby, meanwhile, has matched Breit's caused turnover total while collecting 28 ground balls playing close defense. A native of Morristown, New Jersey, Kirby was named as a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award earlier this year after being tabbed an All-Ivy League honorable mention last season.
Cheek has set career-highs across the board with 26 goals, 22 assists, and 48 points, each of which is second best on the team. A local product out of Wellesley, Massachusetts, Cheek boasts a 16-game point-scoring streak and has also turned in 11 multiple-point outings. This is the first All-Ivy recognition of his career.
Harvard will begin play in the 2016 Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Tournament on Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. versus Brown. The game will be played live on ESPN3, with the winner advancing to the Ivy League Tournament final on Sunday, May 8 at 12 p.m. live on ESPNU.