WORCESTER, Mass. – Devin Dwyer enjoyed a record-setting day as the No. 10/13 Harvard men’s lacrosse team went on the road to defeat No. 20/20 Holy Cross Monday afternoon, 20-9.
Dwyer matched the program records for points in a game and assists in a game, turning in 12 total points on four goals and eight assists. The junior’s 12 points represent the second-highest total in the NCAA this season while his eight assists are the most this year. Dwyer’s eight helpers also moved his career total to 80, jumping him into seventh place in program history.
Deke Burns matched Dwyer with four goals for his third hat trick of the season. Tim Edmonds, Joe Lang, Murphy Vandervelde and Will Walker each contributed two scores apiece, with Ian Ardrey, Walker Kirby, Sean McDonagh and Matt Ryan adding one.
Harvard’s defense allowed the Crimson to run away with the game as it allowed just nine goals for the second straight game. Bryan Moore earned the win in goal to improve to 4-0 on the year, stopping eight shots while allowing seven goals in 52:14 of action. Aiding Moore in the defensive third was Jack Breit who collected five ground balls and caused two turnovers. Ryan also contributed three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Brendan Newman forced three turnovers.
With the win, Harvard improves to 4-1 on the year while Holy Cross falls to 3-3. The Crimson will return to action Saturday, March 14 as it opens Ivy League play at Brown. Face off is scheduled for 3 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
For the second straight game, Harvard took a 4-0 lead out of the gates with Lang scoring on the man-advantage off a feed from Dwyer just 51 seconds in. Walker, Burns and Dwyer followed suit before a pair of Holy Cross tallies made it a 4-2 game. Burns and Kirby responded in the second quarter to regain a four-goal advantage, but three successive scores by the Crusaders closed the margin to 6-5 at the break.
Harvard erupted for six goals in the third, pushing its margin to 12-7. Dwyer tallied two goals and three assists during the period while Burns, McDonagh, Ardrey and Lang also found the back of the net.
The Crimson continued its run in the fourth, scoring seven consecutive goals to put the game out of reach. Six different student-athletes combined on the seven goals, with Vandervelde notching two.
Game Notes: Devin Dwyer tied the program records for points in a game (12) and assists in a game (8) … Mike Eckert ’96 previously set the program record for points in a game with 12 versus Penn in 1995 while seven former student-athletes had previously recorded eight assists … Devin Dwyer’s 12 points are the second-highest total in the NCAA this season while his eight assists are the most on the year … Devin Dwyer moved into seventh place on Harvard’s career assists list (80) … Devin Dwyer extended his point-scoring streak to 24 games dating back to 2013 … Bryan Moore earned the win in goal to improve to 4-0 on the year … Deke Burns scored four goals for his third hat trick of the season, fourth of his career … Deke Burns has scored at least two goals in each of Harvard’s five games this season … Joe Lang scored two goals, marking the fifth straight game he has scored at least one goal to begin his career … Harvard’s 20 goals scored were the most for the program since defeating Bellarmine, 21-10, on March 11, 2011 … The victory was Harvard’s 10th over a ranked opponent under Chris Wojcik ’96, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse.