Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Knocks Off Cornell, 12-8

Harvard has won three-straight games versus Cornell.

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard men’s lacrosse team used a second-half surge to knock off Cornell Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field, 12-8.

Harvard (6-5, 2-1 Ivy League) held a slight 4-3 edge at halftime but outscored Cornell (4-5, 1-3 Ivy League) 8-5 in the second half to pull away for the win. The Crimson now sits in third place of the Ivy League with three regular season games remaining, with the top four teams from the conference’s regular season earning a berth into the Ivy League Tournament.

Will Walker (3g) turned in his second hat trick of the season to lead the offensive attack as Devin Dwyer contributed two goals and two assists. Dwyer’s four points extended his point-scoring streak to 44games, the fifth-longest active streak in the country, and moved his career-high point total to 54 (30g, 24a) on the season.

Ian Ardrey (2g) and Joe Lang (2g) also scored twice apiece, with Morgan Cheek (1g, 2a), Sean Mahon (1g), and Sean McDonagh (1g, 1a) also getting in on the action.

Robert Shaw turned aside 17 shots to earn the victory in goal, marking his eighth game this season with at least 10 saves and his third game of at least 15 saves. Bobby Duvnjak, the NCAA’s leader in caused turnovers per game entering the day, came away with three caused turnovers and four ground balls to assist in the defensive third, and added his fourth assist of the season at the offensive end. Jack Breit led the team with five ground balls.

Harvard remains on the road next weekend as it travels to Penn for a 3 p.m. showdown live on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.

Shaw was tested early and often as Cornell attempted 25 shots before the intermission, but the sophomore stood his ground and made nine saves to help the Crimson to a 4-3 edge at the break. Walker scored Harvard’s first two goals to give the visitors a 2-1 lead, with Ardrey and McDonagh teaming up for the other two strikes.

The offenses came alive in the third quarter as the teams combined for seven goals through the first 7:44 of play. Back-to-back goals by Dwyer and Walker move Harvard in front 6-4, but Cornell rallied to take its only lead of the day with three straight tallies, 7-6. Lang and Dwyer answered to put the Crimson back on top before the period expired, 8-7, and following two more goals from Lang and Mahon Harvard held a 10-7 margin with 6:15 to play.

Shaw held off any hope of a Big Red comeback with eight fourth-quarter saves, and Cheek and Ardrey put the finishing touches on the victory to give Harvard the final 12-8 margin.

Game Notes: Devin Dwyer registered four points (2g, 2a) to extend his point-scoring streak to 44 games, the fifth-longest active streak in the nation … Devin Dwyer has registered a career-high 54 points (30g, 24a) this season and ranks fourth in Harvard history with 193 career points (78g, 115a) … Devin Dwyer needs one assist to move into the Ivy League’s all-time top 10 … Devin Dwyer is just the 19th student-athlete in program history to score 30 goals in a season … Bobby Duvnjak, the NCAA’s leader in caused turnovers, recorded three caused turnovers and four ground balls … Robert Shaw registered 17 saves in goal, his eighth double-digit save performance of the year and third game with at least 15 saves … Morgan Cheek registered one goal and two assists to extend his goal-scoring streak to 13 games … Joe Lang scored two goals to extend his point-scoring streak to 12 games … Will Walker (3g) turned in his second hat trick of the season, 12th of his career … Harvard boasts a three-game winning streak versus Cornell, its longest since taking four in a row from 1994-97 … Harvard has allowed fewer than 10 goals in five of 11 games this season, including three of its last four.