Dwyer, Duvnjak added All-America plaudits to their growing list of awards (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rising juniors Devin Dwyer and Bobby Duvnjak have received All-America honorable mention honors, United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) officials announced Thursday.
Dwyer and Duvnjak, who have also been named first team All-Ivy League and All-NEILA, helped lead Harvard 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.
Dwyer 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. Without Dwyer in the lineup Harvard went 2-2 while scoring 9.75 goals per game, but after his return the Crimson went 8-5 while averaging 11.00 goals. The sophomore attackman's 35 assists this past season were the eighth most in program history, while his 62 career assists rank 12th. Dwyer has totaled 90 points (28g, 62a) in just two years in Cambridge, and has scored at least one point in 19 straight games dating back to last year.
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 fellow All-American's Connor Buczek, Dan Lintner, and Matt Donovan to just one goal on eight shots. Duvnjak and company were also able to limit the high-powered Princeton offense in a 9-8 victory while holding first team All-American Tom Schreiber scoreless for just the second time in his career.
With Dwyer and Duvnjak's selections as honorable mention, Harvard now boasts 122 All-Americans in program history. This marks the first time since 2000 that a pair of Crimson teammates have made the list, when Roger Buttles '01 and Keith Cynar '00 both received honorable mention recognition.