Men’s Lacrosse Falls to No. 7/6 Yale in Ivy League Tournament Final, 14-9

Dwyer netted two goals and two assists in the loss (Sideline Photos).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard men's lacrosse team (8-8, 3-3 Ivy) was tripped up by No. 7/6 Yale (13-2, 5-1 Ivy) in the Ivy League Tournament championship game Sunday afternoon at Stevenson-Pincince Field, 14-9.

The Crimson landed four players on the all-tournament team: senior attackman Devin Dwyer, sophomore attackman Morgan Cheek, senior defenseman Bobby Duvnjak, and sophomore goalkeeper Robert Shaw.

Dwyer led Harvard in scoring with four points (2g, 2a), followed by Will Walker (2g, 1a), Cheek (1g, 1a), and Joe Lang (1g, 1a). Sean McDonagh, Jack Breit, and Carney Mahon added one goal apiece while Sean Coleman and Ian Ardrey each dished out one assist.

Shaw recorded 13 saves, marking the 12th time that he has reached double-digits this season. He was aided in the defensive third by Walker Kirby (2ct, 4gb), Duvjak (1ct, 3gb), and Stephen Jahelka (1ct, 3gb).

Yale started the game strong, scoring twice prior to the Crimson got on the board with a Carney Mahon goal at 9:33. Yale scored again less than a minute later to push the lead to 3-1 before long-stick midfielder Jack Briet answered, firing a shot through the mesh of Yale goalie Hoyt Crance's stick. Harvard scored two goals to Yale's one to close out the quarter in a 4-4 tie.

Ben Reeves opened the second with an early tally for the Bulldogs, but the Crimson quickly responded, scoring on a loose ball scrum with a goal that would be credited to Dwyer. Cheek kept the momentum going, scoring at 11:52 to give Harvard its first lead of the game, 6-5. Yale netted goals to end the half, however, retaking the lead at the break, 7-6.

Dwyer brought the game to another tie off a feed from Cheek just 1:23 into the second half. The Bulldogs countered with a two-goal run, taking a 9-7 advantage at 5:43 of the third quarter. Both teams scored once more apiece to end the frame 10-8. 

The Crimson pulled within one when Lang found the back of the net on a man-up advantage with 12:54 to go in the game. The Bulldogs, however, were able hold Harvard scoreless for the remainder of the contest while scoring four times, securing the victory and the Ivy League's automatic birth to the NCAA tournament. 

The full field for the 2016 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship will be revealed this evening at 9 p.m. live on ESPNU.

Game Notes: Devin Dwyer extended his point-scoring streak to 49 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the country… With his four points (2g, 2a) Devin Dwyer moved into third place in Harvard history with 211 career points … Devin Dwyer's 72 points this season rank third in program history … Devin Dwyer's 40 goals this season rank 10th all-time for the Crimson … Devin Dwyer now ranks 9th in the Ivy League in career assists (123) … Morgan Cheek extended his point-scoring streak to 18 games …  Morgan Cheek's 36 goals this season rank 13th in Harvard history … Joe Lang extended his point-scoring streak to 17 games … Robert Shaw recorded double-digit saves for the 12th time this season.