Newman’s golden goal moves Harvard to 2-0 on the year.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 14/15 Harvard men’s lacrosse team pulled off an improbable come-from-behind victory Tuesday night at Jordan Field, erasing a 6-0 deficit to defeat Holy Cross in double-overtime on Brendan Newman’s game-winner, 11-10.
Harvard (2-0), which trailed 7-2 at halftime and 8-4 entering the fourth quarter, tied the score at 9-9 with 3:02 to play before Holy Cross (0-3) regained the lead, 10-9, with 45.9 seconds remaining. Undeterred, the Crimson won the ensuing faceoff and set up one final play, with Morgan Cheek cashing in right on the doorstep off a feed from Sean Coleman with 17.9 ticks to play, forcing the extra time.
Neither team could capitalize in the first overtime as Holy Cross turned the ball over three times and Harvard saw its two shot attempts miss the mark. After a Crusader attempt early in the second overtime went wide to give the ball back to the Crimson, Harvard was able to regroup and set up its offense, allowing Devin Dwyer to find Newman barreling toward the crease for the golden goal on his only shot of the game.
Dwyer finished the afternoon with seven points on four goals and three assists, extending his point-scoring streak to 35 games. The senior now has 151 points for his career, becoming just the 12th student-athlete in program history to amass 150 points in his career.
Coleman turned in a career-high five points, scoring two goals while dishing out three assists. Joe Lang (2g, 2a) and Cheek (1g, 2a) also had multiple-point efforts, with Newman and Ian Ardrey adding one goal apiece.
Robert Shaw made seven saves in goal to earn his second career victory in 65:32 of action. He was assisted in the defensive third by Bobby Duvnjak who registered three caused turnovers and three ground balls, and Stephen Jahelka who chipped in two caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Holy Cross controlled the X, winning 16-of-26 faceoffs, and owned a 35-25 advantage in ground balls. Harvard was able to turn the Crusaders over 20 times, however, including 10 times in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Holy Cross took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and held a 7-2 margin at halftime. Harvard began to turn things around from there, however, with Dwyer and Coleman teaming up for a pair of goals to pull within 8-4 heading into the fourth. The Crimson took over from there, using a 5-1 run to tie the game at 9-9 on Dwyer’s fourth goal of the day with 3:02 to play.
Harvard will hit the road for the first time this season as it travels to UMass on Saturday, Feb. 27 for a 3 p.m. face off.
Game Notes: Devin Dwyer became just the 12th student-athlete in program history to reach 150 career points (151) … Devin Dwyer recorded seven points (4g, 3a) to extend his point-scoring streak to 35 games … Sean Coleman turned in a career-high five points (2g, 3a) … Robert Shaw is 2-0 in two career starts … Harvard won its second-straight game in overtime to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2012 … Harvard is 12-12 in games decided by one goal under head coach Chris Wojcik ’96, including a 4-3 mark in overtime … Harvard improves to 29-12 at home under head coach Chris Wojcik ’96 and is 18-4 at Jordan Field.
Photo courtesy Gil Talbot.