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Harvard Holds Off Yale, Advances to Men's Lacrosse Title Game

Harvard Holds Off Yale, Advances to Men's Lacrosse Title Game

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Peter Schwartz and Ian Ardrey each scored three goals as top-seeded Harvard downed fourth-seeded Yale, 10-9, in an Ivy League Tournament semifinal round game at Harvard Stadium on Friday night.

The Crimson (10-5) earned a championship game date with Penn on Sunday, which beat Cornell earlier in the evening, 11-10. The game gets underway at 12 noon at Harvard Stadium and will be televised by ESPNU. 

Devin Dwyer dished out five assists to pace the Crimson attack. He now has a League-best 35 assists this season.

Conrad Oberbeck had three goals for Yale (9-5) in a losing effort. Jeff Cimbalista and Sean Shakespeare each scored twice.

It was Harvard's second one-goal win over Yale in the last seven days. The Crimson closed out the regular season with an 11-10 win in New Haven last Saturday to clinch a share of their first Ivy League crown in 24 years.

Dwyer had a combined 11 assists in the two games.

Yale grabbed a quick two-goal lead when Brandon Mangan and Shakespeare scored before the game was three minutes old. Harvard battled back, however, and tied the game, 3-3, on Will Walker's 33rd goal of the year.

With the score tied, 5-5, the Crimson grabbed a three-goal lead in the second quarter. Schwartz scored a man-up goal on a Dwyer assist with 7:58 left before half.  Sixty-three seconds later, Ardrey found the net and the Crimson had a 7-5 lead. When Schwartz scored again with 36 seconds left before half, Harvard had an 8-5 lead.

But Yale won the ensuing faceoff and Oberbeck scored his 38th goal of the season to cut the deficit to two and swinging the momentum heading into the intermission.

Yale battled back to tie the game at 8-8 in the third as the Bulldogs held Harvard off the scoreboard for more than 17 minutes. The Crimson had just two shots in the quarter and committed six turnovers as Yale controlled play. Cimbalista scored twice in the quarter as the Bulldogs drew back to even.

Harvard finally broke through early in the fourth. Ardrey scored off another Dwyer feed 2:03 into the quarter as Harvard regained the lead, 9-8.  Four minutes later, Schwartz scored for the third time in the game and the Crimson had a cushion.

Yale made one last rush late. Shakespeare scored during a late-game two-man advantage to make it 10-9 with just eight seconds left. But Harvard was able to smother in the ensuing faceoff just long enough to let the clock run out and gain a spot in Sunday's title game.

With the win, Harvard is a perfect 7-0 at home this season in playing at Soliders Field and Harvard Stadium.

For the game, Yale had a 31-24 advantage in shots and a 30-25 margin in ground balls. 

The winner of the Ivy League Tournament receives the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The tournament field of 18 will be announced on Sunday night.