Harvard will learn its NCAA tournament fate during the NCAA Selection Show this evening on ESPNU
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 12 Harvard men’s lacrosse team opened the game on a 4-0 run before being quieted by No. 10 Penn as the Quakers came from behind for a 7-5 victory to win the 2014 Ivy League Tournament Sunday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.
Penn secured the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with the win, while Harvard will now have to wait to learn its tournament fate when the brackets are revealed at 9 p.m. this evening during the NCAA Selection Show on ESPNU. Should the Crimson earn an at-large bid it would mark the sixth time in program history that the team will have grabbed a spot in the tournament, and the first since 2006.
The Quakers held Harvard scoreless for 44:58 as it scored seven straight goals to open a 7-4 lead with just 5:43 to play. Will Walker ended the drought with an unassisted goal with 4:41 remaining, and just missed on an opportunity to make it a one-goal game with 1:07 to play as his shot hit the post. Penn goalkeeper Brian Feeney came up with a save on a Devin Dwyer attempt with 0:37 on the clock, and the Quaker defense ran out the clock to secure the win.
- Five difference Crimson scored one goal; Devin Dwyer, Daniel Eipp, Peter Schwartz, Will Walker and Carl Zimmerman.
- Daniel Eipp added one assist to finish with a team-high two points.
- Jake Gambitsky made 12 saves in goal, including eight in the second half.
- Jack Breit came away with a team-high five ground balls while Devin Dwyer collected four and caused two turnovers.
- Harvard has reached the Ivy League Tournament final in each of its two tournament appearances (2011, 2014).
- The last six games between Harvard and Penn have been decided by a total of just 11 goals.
- Sunday’s game marked the third straight between Harvard and Penn in which neither team has scored more than eight goals.
- Following the game, Devin Dwyer, Daniel Eipp, Brian Fischer and Peter Schwartz were named to the All-Tournament Team.
- Devin Dwyer extended his point-scoring streak to 18 games with one goal and has registered 65 points (16g, 49a) during this time. Sunday marked just the second time this season that Dwyer has been held without an assist.
- Peter Schwartz moved his point-scoring streak to 17 games, totaling 49 points (28g, 21a). His one goal on Sunday marked the 100th point of his career (50g, 50a).
- Will Walker scored his team-leading 34th goal of the season, moving him into a tie for 13th place on Harvard’s single-season list. Walker has scored at least one goal in nine straight games (21g, 1a).
- Jake Gambitsky has allowed fewer than 10 goals in 11 of the team’s 16 games this season, and has registered double-digit saves 11 times.
- Harvard outshot Penn, 37-29, but the Quakers controlled possession going 11-of-15 on faceoffs.
- Harvard opened the game on a 4-0 run over the first 10:21 of play.
- Penn responded with a 7-0 run of its own as Harvard was held scoreless for 44:58.
- Harvard added one goal with 4:41 to play to cut Penn’s lead to 7-5, but the Quakers defense stood tall down the stretch to hang on for the win.
Lead Changes: One
Largest Leads: Harvard by four – 1st: 4:39, Penn by three – 4th: 5:43
Harvard will await its NCAA tournament fate when the brackets are revealed this evening during the NCAA Selection Show on ESPNU.
Photo courtesy Gil Talbot