April 26, 2014

Harvard Clinches Share of Ivy Title, First Since 1990

from Press Release

Harvard celebrates after earning a share of the Ivy League title with Cornell - its first crown since 1990 - and the No. 1 seed and hosting duties at next week's tournament by its head-to-head win over the Big Red. (Harvard Athletics)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 16 Harvard men's lacrosse team did what no other Crimson team had done in 24 years on Saturday, as it clinched the program's first Ivy League championship since 1990 with an 11-10 win at No. 13 Yale.

Harvard will share the title with Cornell after the Big Red defeated Princeton today, 12-10, to match the Crimson's 5-1 conference record. By virtue of its victory over Cornell, however, the Crimson has earned the right to host next weekend's Ivy League Tournament which will begin Friday, May 2 at Harvard Stadium. The Big Red and Penn will meet in the first semifinal at 5 p.m., with a rematch between Harvard and Yale set for 8 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

The winner of each game will meet Sunday, May 4 at 12 p.m. live on ESPNU.

Harvard appeared to have the advantage in the second half as it took a 9-6 lead, but Yale fought back to tie the game at 9-9 entering the fourth quarter. Daniel Eipp andSean McDonagh teamed up for back-to-back scores to regain an 11-9 margin, and the defense stood tall down the stretch to prevent a comeback.

Devin Dwyer stole the show at the offensive end, dishing out a career-high six assists while Deke Burns contributed two goals and one assist. Eipp and Murphy Vanderveldealso contributed two goals to the winning effort.

At the other end, Jake Gambitsky came away with 14 goals and seven ground balls, including five stops in the fourth quarter to lock up the title. Gabriel Mendola (8-15) and Austin Williams (5-10) combined to go 13-of-25 at the faceoff X, with Mendola scooping up five ground balls.

Harvard Highlights:

Devin Dwyer set a career-high with six assists, the most by an Ivy League player this season.Deke Burns contributed three points on two goals and one assist.Daniel Eipp and Murphy Vandervelde each added two goals.Jake Gambitsky made 14 saves in goal, including five in the fourth quarter, and collected seven ground balls.Harvard went 13-of-25 at the faceoff X and won the ground ball battle, 30-28.Both Harvard and Yale were 3-of-7 on extra-man opportunities.

Game Notes:

Harvard clinched a share of the 2014 Ivy League Championship, its first since 1990 and the fourth in program history (1964, 1980, 1990, 2014). The Crimson will share the title with Cornell.Harvard has also earned the right to host the Ivy League Tournament, which will begin Friday, May 2 at Harvard Stadium.Harvard's nine overall victories are the most since 2011 (10-6), while its five Ivy League wins are the most since 1998 (5-1). Harvard has now gone 5-1 in conference play six times in program history, but never 6-0.Harvard has defeated three top-20 opponents this season, including two on the road (Cornell, Yale).Harvard's varsity teams have combined for 11 Ivy League titles in 2013-14.Devin Dwyer registered a career-high six assists, the most in the Ivy League since Cornell's Rob Pannell dished out six against Ohio State on May 18, 2013. Dwyer has now scored at least one point in 16 straight games, totaling 59 points (15g, 44a) during this time.Jake Gambitsky recorded 14 saves in goal, including five in the fourth quarter, marking the ninth time this season he has posted double-digit saves. Gambitsky also collected seven ground balls to set a new career-high.Peter Schwartz also extended his point scoring streak to 15 games with one goal and one assist, and has notched 44 points (24g, 20a) during the stretch.Daniel Eipp scored two goals for his third multi-goal performance of the year, including the game winner with 11:36 remaining in the fourth to break a 9-9 tie.Deke Burns also scored two goals for his third multi-goal game of the season, with Murphy Vandervelde netting two for his first multi-goal game.Jack Breit scored his fourth goal of the season, the sixth by a Harvard long pole this season.

Game Progression:

Harvard scored the game's first goal but was tied with Yale after the first quarter, 3-3.Harvard outscored Yale 4-2 in the second quarter for a 7-5 halftime lead.Yale scored three straight goals to close the third quarter and tie the game at 9-9.Harvard scored back-to-back goals to begin the fourth quarter and hung on for the 11-10 victory.

Ties: Three
Lead Changes: Two
Largest Leads: Harvard by three – 3rd: 11:06, Yale by one – 1st: 8:24

Up Next

Harvard will host the 2014 Ivy League Tournament at Harvard Stadium beginning Friday, May 2. Second-seeded Cornell and third-seeded Penn will meet in the first semifinal at 5 p.m., with a rematch between the top-seeded Crimson and No. 4 Yale set for 8 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN3.


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