The Crimson’s run came to an end against a hot Notre Dame team
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men’s lacrosse team could not overcome a first half slump as it lost in the NCAA tournament first round to sixth-seeded Notre Dame, 13-5.
The Fighting Irish began the game on a 7-0 run before Harvard scored its first goal with 6:15 remaining in the first half. The goal, scored by Will Walker, sparked a 4-0 run for the Crimson as it cut the lead to 7-4, but Notre Dame found the answer with five unanswered goals to pull away for the win.
Harvard, which was playing in its first NCAA tournament game since 2006, was paced by Deke Burns’ two-goal effort. Walker added an assist to finish with two points (1g, 1a) on the day with Devin Dwyer and Ian Ardrey adding one goal apiece. Jack Breit had a career day to lead the defensive efforts, causing four turnovers whicle collecting two ground balls.
The Crimson finishes the year with a 10-7 overall record, the most wins by the team since 2011. Harvard captured its first Ivy League title in 24 years with a 5-1 conference record.
- Deke Burns scored two goals to lead the attack.
- Will Walker scored one goal and one assist to match Burns’ two points.
- Devin Dwyer and Ian Ardrey each scored one goal.
- Jack Breit caused a career-high four turnovers and collected four ground balls. Five different Crimson finished with four ground balls on the day.
- Harvard outshot Notre Dame, 35-33, and won the ground ball battle, 34-28.
- Harvard was making its sixth appearance in the NCAA tournament, first since 2006, after earning an at-large bid.
- Harvard finished the year with a 10-7 overall record and went 5-1 in the Ivy League to earn its first Ancient Eight title since 1990. The Crimson’s 10 wins were the most since 2011 (10-6) and represented the 16th time in program history that Harvard has won at least 10 games.
- Devin Dwyer scored one goal to extend his points scoring streak to 19 games (17g, 49a). Dwyer finishes the season with a team-high 47 points (12g, 35a) and ranked eighth on Harvard’s single-season assists list.
- Will Walker moved into 11th place on Harvard’s single-season goals list with 35 on the year. Walker scored at least one goal in 10 straight games to finish the year, totaling 24 points (22g, 2a) during this stretch.
- Jack Breit registered his seventh point (4g, 3a) as a long stick midfielder. Breit ranks 11th among active long poles with 12 career points (6g, 6a). Breit also set a career-high with four caused turnovers, the most by a member of the Crimson this season.
- Notre Dame scored seven straight goals to open the game, taking a 7-0 lead with 6:25 to play in the second quarter.
- Harvard ended the first half with back-to-back goals, cutting its deficit to 7-2.
- Harvard scored the first two goals of the third quarter to make it a 7-4 game with 6:54 to play in the frame.
- Notre Dame closed the game on a 6-1 run to take the victory, 13-5.
Lead Changes: None
Largest Leads: Harvard – none, Notre Dame by eight – 4th: 8:51