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April 26, 2014

Harvard, Cornell Share Men's Lacrosse Crown

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Harvard men's lacrosse team did what no other Crimson team had done in 24 years on Saturday, as it clinched a share of the program's first Ivy League championship since 1990 with an 11-10 win at Yale.

About 30 minutes after that game was complete, Cornell grabbed a share of its record 28th Ivy League title with a 12-10 win over Princeton. 

By virtue of its victory over Cornell, however, the Crimson has earned the right to host next weekend's Ivy League Tournament which will begin Friday, May 2 at Harvard Stadium. The Big Red and Penn will meet in the first semifinal at 5 pm, with a rematch between Harvard and Yale set for 8 pm. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

The winner of each game will meet Sunday, May 4 at 12 noon live on ESPNU.

Cornell defeated Penn during the regular season, 17-9, in Philadelphia. 

Harvard appeared to have the advantage in the second half as it took a 9-6 lead. But with the help of two Conrad Oberbeck goals, Yale fought back to tie the game at 9-9 entering the fourth quarter. Daniel Eipp and Sean McDonagh teamed up for back-to-back scores to regain an 11-9 margin.

Jeff Cimbalista's tally with 43 seconds left made it a one-goal game at 11-10. Yale had one more chance in the closing seconds, but Shane Thornton's shot was saved by Jake Gambitsky with nine seconds left and the celebration was on shortly thereafter. 

Devin Dwyer stole the show at the offensive end for Harvard, dishing out a career-high six assists.

At Bethpage, N.Y., the Cornell-Princeton match-up was a back-and-forth affair all day, as well. Freshman Christian Knight was the story again, though, for the Big Red. Knight had a career-high 16 saves to help the Big Red to at least a share of the League title in 11 of the last 12 years. 

The Big Red had nine different players record a point in the win. 

In a losing effort, Princeton's Tom Schreiber surpassed the 200-point mark for his career. He scored with 31 seconds left to reach the milestone.