Dwyer, Duvnjak Headline Seven All-Ivy League Selections for No. 12 Men's Lacrosse
The Crimson received seven All-Ivy honors, the second most in program history (Gil Talbot).
Joining Dwyer and Duvnjak are second team selections Peter Schwartz, Jake Gambitsky and Stephen Jahelka, as well as honorable mention nods Will Walker and Carl Zimmerman. Harvard's seven All-Ivy League honors are the second most in program history, behind only the eight all-conference honorees in 1996 which included first teamer Chris Wojcik '96, The Firsbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse.
The seven members of the Crimson were rewarded for a season which saw the team capture its first Ivy League Championship since 1990, going 9-5 overall with a 5-1 mark against the Ancient Eight. Harvard's nine wins this season are the most for the team since 2011 (10-6), with its five conference victories are tied for the most in program history.
Dwyer and Duvnjak each received first team honors for the first time in their careers. An honorable mention selection a year ago, Dwyer ranks second on the team and 11th in the conference with 40 points (10g, 30a) despite missing the first four games of the season due to injury. Without Dwyer in the lineup Harvard went 2-2 while scoring 9.75 goals per game, but since his return the Crimson is 7-3 and averaging 12.30 goals. The sophomore attackman's 30 assists this season are the ninth most in program history, and he has scored at least one point in 16 straight games dating back to last year. Dwyer has totaled 59 points (15g, 44a) during this time, including a career-high six assists last week at Yale which earned him recognition as the Ivy League Player of the Week.
Duvnjak has helped to anchor a Harvard defense which has allowed 9.77 goals per game while holding nine of its 14 opponents to fewer than 10 goals. Duvnjak has consistently been called upon to defend against the oppositions top attackmen, resulting in a team-high 16 caused turnovers and 28 ground balls. The sophomore was credited with one caused turnover and two ground balls in the team's 14-9 win at Cornell, as he helped to limit the trio of Dan Lintner, Connor Buczek and Matt Donovan to just one goal on eight shots. He added one caused turnover and three ground balls against both Penn and Princeton, and this past weekend at Yale registered two caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Schwartz earned his second straight selection to the second team while Gambitsky and Jahelka were honored for the first time. A team co-captain, Schwartz's 41 points lead the squad and rank eighth in the conference, while his 21 goals and 20 assists both rank second at Harvard. The midfielder has set a new career-high in each category, and boasts a point-scoring streak of 15 games dating back to last season. He has notched 44 points (24g, 20a) during this time, including a pair of hat tricks this season. He has scored multiple points in 12 of the team's 14 games, and totaled a career-best five points against both Georgetown (3g, 2a) and Boston University (3g, 2a).
Gambitsky has been the backbone of Harvard's defensive efforts as he has turned in a 9.90 goals against average with a .511 save percentage. The junior, who is in his first full season as the team's starting goalkeeper, has recorded double-digit saves in nine of the teams 14 games, and has held opponents to fewer than 10 goals 10 times. He has been particularly impressive over the final weeks of the season, making saves in the final moments of play to secure one-goal victories against both Princeton and Yale. He was honored as the Ivy League Player of the Week March 10 after a 2-0 week for the Crimson in which he totaled 30 saves, including a career-high 18 against Georgetown.
Jahelka, like Duvnjak, has been responsible for holding down the opposition's top attackmen from the close defender position. The sophomore has registered 11 caused turnovers and 31 ground balls on the year, and has also contributed three points on one goal and two assists. He contributed a career-high three caused turnovers and two ground balls against Albany's high-powered offense, and chipped in two caused turnovers and three ground balls at North Carolina. He also added one caused turnover and six ground balls at Penn.
Walker and Zimmerman both received their first plaudits from the conference as honorable mention picks. Walker's 32 goals rank third in the Ivy League and lead the team, with his 35 total points putting him 14th in the conference. Walker is just the 17th member of the Crimson to ever go over 30 goals in a year, and currently ranks 16th on the team's single-season list. The sophomore attackman boasts a team-leading seven hat tricks on the year, and has scored multiple goals on nine occasions. He totaled a career-high five goals in the team's win over Dartmouth, and also contributed five points (4g, 1a) in the team's win at Cornell.
Zimmerman ranks fourth on the Harvard squad with 21 points and is third with 14 goals. A senior midfielder, he has registered multiple points in eight games this season while scoring two goals in a game five times. He matched his career-high with three points (2g, 1a) in the victory at Cornell, and also tallied a pair of goals in the win over Princeton and at North Carolina.
Harvard will host the 2014 Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Tournament this weekend at Harvard Stadium beginning with a pair of semifinal matchups Friday, May 2. Seconded-seeded Cornell and third-seeded Penn will square off in the first game at 5 p.m., with the top-seeded Crimson meeting fourth-seeded Yale at 8 p.m. Both games will be aired live on ESPN3, with Sunday's championship game slated for a 12 p.m. start live on ESPNU.