The Crimson earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, its first since 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the first time in eight years, the Harvard men’s lacrosse team heard its name called among the field for the NCAA tournament when the brackets were revealed Sunday night live during the NCAA Selection Show on ESPNU.
The Ivy League Champion Crimson will travel to South Bend, Ind., to face sixth-seeded Notre Dame on Saturday, May 10, in the team’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2006. The game will be aired live on ESPNU beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Harvard received one of eight at-large bids for the tournament with a 10-5 overall record. The Crimson went 5-1 in Ivy League play to earn a share of the conference championship, and won four games against teams currently ranked in the top 20 in both the Warrior Div. I Media Poll and USILA Div. I Coaches Poll. The team also posted an impressive 7-1 mark on its home turf, with its only setback coming earlier in the day in the Ivy League Tournament final to Penn, 7-5, which received the No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Crimson and Quakers were joined in the championship field by Cornell, marking just the sixth time in Ivy League history that three teams have earned a trip to the NCAA tournament and first since 2009. The Ancient Eight has received multiple selections in each of the last six years.
Harvard is led by seven All-Ivy selections including first teamers Devin Dwyer and Bobby Duvnjak. Dwyer is tied for fifth in the Ivy League with 46 points on the year, while his 35 assists are tops in the conference and rank eighth in program history. Duvnjak, meanwhile, has anchored a Crimson defense which has held 11 of its 16 opponents to fewer than 10 goals. On the year, Harvard has averaged 11.06 goals per game while allowing just 9.56.
Notre Dame earned the No. 6 seed in the tournament as the ACC Tournament Champion. The Fighting Irish has gone 9-5 overall, 2-3 in the ACC, and is making its ninth straight appearance in the tournament. Notre Dame owns a 7-3 edge in the all-time series with the Crimson, including a 16-11 victory the last time the teams met in 2003.
The winner of Saturday’s matchup between Harvard and Notre Dame will face the winner of No. 3 Loyola (Md.) and Albany Saturday, May 17 in Hempstead, N.Y.
Photo courtesy Gil Talbot