Mahon matched his career-high with three points against the Tar Heels
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Harvard men’s lacrosse team took an early lead, but No. 6/7 North Carolina rallied for a 13-10 win Tuesday night at Navy Field.
Harvard jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead behind goals from Peter Schwartz and Carl Zimmerman before a 6-1 run by North Carolina put the hosts in front for good. The Tar Heels used a 4-0 stretch in the third quarter to open its largest lead, 10-5, and held off a Harvard comeback attempt down the stretch for the victory.
Devin Dwyer dished out four assists to lead the Crimson attack, while Schwartz (1g, 2a) and Sean Mahon (2g, 1a) each added three points. Sean McDonagh, Zimmerman and Daniel Eipp registered three straight goals to pull Harvard within three in the fourth quarter, but the Tar Heels found an answer.
- Devin Dwyer led the Crimson in scoring with four assists, and has led the team in points in each of the last three games.
- Sean Mahon (2g, 1a) and Peter Schwartz (1g, 2a) each tallied three points, with Mahon matching his career-high in goals and points.
- Harvard’s attack featured seven different goal scorers.
- Harvard’s defense matched its season-high with 10 caused turnovers.
- Harvard won the ground ball battle, 34-31.
- Devin Dwyer extended his point scoring streak to nine games (8g, 25a) and has registered 14 points in just three games this season.
- Peter Schwartz moved his point scoring streak to eight games (12g, 9a) and has turned in five multi-point performances this year.
- Daniel Eipp (6), Sean Mahon (2), Sean McDonagh (3) and Carl Zimmerman (6) also continued their respective point scoring streaks.
- Austin Williams saw a heavy workload at the faceoff X, winning 13-of-20.
- Walker Kirby set a career-high with three caused turnovers.
- All three of Harvard’s losses this season have come on the road to ranked teams.
- The game was broadcast nationally on ESPN3, and was the first of four games this season that Harvard will play on the network.
- Harvard began the game with back-to-back goals for a 2-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
- North Carolina answered with a 6-1 stretch to open a 6-3 margin, but Harvard closed to within 6-5 at the half.
- North Carolina outscored Harvard 4-0 in the third quarter for a 10-5 edge.
- Harvard won the fourth quarter, 5-3, but North Carolina held on for the victory.
Lead Changes: One
Largest Leads: Harvard by two – 1st: 5:52, North Carolina by five – 3rd: 9:54
The Crimson will return to Ivy League play as it welcomes Dartmouth to Cambridge Saturday, March 22. The game is scheduled to be held in Harvard Stadium beginning at 1 p.m., and will be simulcast live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.
Photo courtesy Gil Talbot