Five Named to NEILA First Team as Wojcik Named Coach of the Year
Dwyer, Schwartz, Fischer, Jahelka and Duvnjak all selected to the NEILA first team.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five Harvard men's lacrosse athletes were named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) first team, and Chris Wojcik, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, earned Coach of the Year honors, the organization announced.
Wojcik led the Crimson to an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament, the first for the program since 2006. The Crimson finished the year off with a 10-7 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the Ivy League, earning a share of its first Ancient Eight title in 24 years. By virtue of its regular season title, the Crimson earned the right to host the Ivy League Tournament at Harvard Stadium, where it advanced to the tournament final for the second time in program history. Additionally, Harvard reached as high as No. 11 in the USILA Div. I Coaches Poll, matching the highest ranking in program history.
A first team All-Ivy League honoree, Duvnjak helped anchor a Harvard defense that allowed 9.76 goals per game while holding 11 of its 17 opponents to fewer than 10 goals. Duvnjak consistently was called upon to defend against the opposition's top attackmen, resulting in 17 caused turnovers and 32 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.
Dwyer, a first team All-Ivy selection, led the team and ranked fifth in the conference with 47 points (12g, 35a) despite missing the first four games of the season due to injury. The sophomore attackman's 35 assists sits eighth in program history, and he has scored at least one point in 19 straight games dating back to last year. Dwyer has totaled 90 points (28g, 62a) over his two years.
A long stick midfielder, Fischer played in all 17 games, making eight starts. Fischer caused 14 turnovers and picked up a team-high 39 ground balls.
Jahelka, like Duvnjak, has been responsible for holding down the opposition's top attackmen from the close defender position. The sophomore registered 12 caused turnovers and 36 ground balls on the year, and 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.
Named to the All-Ivy second team, Schwartz's 46 points, 25 goals and 21 assists all ranked second on the team. A team co-captain, the midfielder has set a new career-high in each category and scored multiple points in 12 of the team's 17 games, totaling a career-best five points against both Georgetown (3g, 2a) and Boston University (3g, 2a).
Conrad Oberbeck - Yale University
Brandon Mangan - Yale University
Devin Dwyer - Harvard University
Colin Dunster - Bryant University
Peter Schwartz - Harvard University
Alex Zomerfeld - Bryant University
T.J Neubauer - Fairfield University
Kevin Massa - Bryant University
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Ryan Izzo - UMass
Brian Fischer - Harvard University
Stephen Jahelka - Harvard University
Michael Quinn - Yale University
Bobby Duvnjak - Harvard University
Gunnar Waldt - Bryant University
Player of the Year - Kevin Massa (Bryant)
Coach of the Year - Chris Wojcik (Harvard)
Rookie of the Year - Nick Mariano (UMass)
Nick Mariano - UMass
Colin McLinden - Fairfield University
Shane Morrell - Bryant University
Connor Mooney - UMass
Mark Glicini - Yale University
Brendan Caputo - Brown University
Pat Corcoran - Quinnipiac University
Adam Yee - University of Hartford
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Tate Kildonas - University of Hartford
Alex Mattarazzo - University of Hartford
Toby Armour - Fairfield University
Matt MacGrotty - Bryant University
Bobby Osgood - Dartmouth College
Gill Conners - Quinnipiac University