Harvard Clinches Ivy Berth by Edging Princeton
from Press Release
|Crimson players celebrate after running out the clock before Princeton could complete a huge comeback on Saturday afternoon in Cambridge. (Harvard Athletics)|
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 17 Harvard men's lacrosse team secured a spot in the Ivy League Tournament with a 9-8 win over No. 14 Princeton Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.
The win also keeps the Crimson tied atop the Ancient Eight standings with Cornell, with a victory next weekend at Yale giving Harvard at least a share of the Ivy League title and the right to host the conference tournament.
Harvard used a 7-0 run in the first and second quarters to pull away for a 7-1 lead before Princeton came back with a 7-2 stretch of its own. The Crimson defense stood tall in the closing moments, however, with Jake Gambitsky making a save on a Jake Froccaro attempt with 1:18 remaining to all but seal the victory.
Gambitsky came away with 10 saves on the day, including five in the first quarter of play. He was aided at the defensive end by Brian Fischer, who held Princeton All-American Tom Schreiber scoreless for just the second time in his career. Devin Dwyer and Carl Zimmerman each scored a pair of goals to pace the attack, with Peter Schwartz totaling three points (1g, 2a). Austin Williams, meanwhile, was 13-of-19 at the X and collected eight ground balls.
Peter Schwartz led the Harvard attack with one goal and two assists. Devin Dwyer and Carl Zimmerman each scored two goals. Stephen Jahelka, Sean Mahon, Brendan Newman and Will Walker each also totaled one goal. Jake Gambitsky made 10 saves in goal and collected three ground balls. Austin Williams went 13-of-19 at the faceoff X and scooped up eight ground balls. Harvard won the ground ball battle, 32-18, and was 14-of-15 on clears.
Harvard has secured a spot in the Ivy League Tournament with the win, marking the team's second appearance in the tournament. The Crimson's only other appearance came in 2011 when it lost to Cornell in the finals. With a win next Saturday at Yale, Harvard will clinch at least a share of the Ivy League title and the right to host the Ivy League Tournament. Harvard's last Ivy League title came in 1990. Harvard closed out the home portion of its regular season with a perfect 6-0 record, marking the first time the team has gone undefeated at home since 1990 (5-0). Harvard's four Ivy League wins are the most since 1998 (5-1). Devin Dwyer extended his point scoring streak to 15 games with two goals. Dwyer has turned in 53 points (15g, 38a) during this stretch, but was held to fewer than three points in a game for just the first time this season. Peter Schwartz has scored at least one point in each of the Crimson's last 14 games, totaling 42 points (23g, 19a) in that time. Schwartz leads the team with 39 points and has set career-highs in both goals (20) and assists (19). Carl Zimmerman scored two goals for the second straight game and fifth time overall on the year. Jake Gambitsky recorded double-digit saves for the eighth time in 13 games. Gambitsky has allowed less than 10 goals nine times this season, including each of the last four outings. Austin Williams matched his career-high with 13 wins at the faceoff X and collected a personal best eight ground balls. Brian Fischer held three-time All-American Tom Schreiber scoreless for just the second time in his career. Fischer was also responsible for marking Cornell All-American Connor Buczek in the team's win over the Big Red, and held the junior to zero points for the first time this year.
Princeton got on the scoreboard first, taking a 1-0 lead 52 seconds into the game. Harvard responded with a 7-0 run and went into the intermission on top, 7-2. Princeton was held scoreless for 27:16 during the stretch. Princeton outscored Harvard 3-1 in the third quarter to pull within three, 8-5. Princeton also won the fourth quarter, 3-1, but could not complete the comeback.
Lead Changes: One
Largest Leads: Harvard by six – 2nd: 9:06, Princeton by one – 1st: 14:08
Harvard will close out its regular season Saturday, April 26 with a trip to No. 11 Yale. The game is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start and will be televised live on FOX College Sports Central (DirecTV 608).
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