Yale scored man-up to start the third period, but sophomore long-stick midfielder Jack Breit scored his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Burns, to answer for Harvard. Burns followed his assist with a goal of his own, giving the Crimson its largest lead of the day, 9-6.
Two more goals by Oberbeck narrowed the lead, and then Bulldog junior midfielder Shane Thornton tied the contest going into the fourth quarter.
Eipp and sophomore midfielder Sean McDonagh scored for Harvard, the latter of whom was assisted by Dwyer. This marked Dwyer’s sixth assist of the game, a career-high for the sophomore attackman, who will finish the season leading the Ancient Eight in assists with 30.
“[Dwyer] is a great player because he makes everyone around him better,” Wojcik said. “He is able to really see the field and it is a special skill that he has. His distribution really made our entire offense better.”
Over the course of the last 1:45, when the Crimson got the ball back with a two-goal advantage and were looking to ice the game, the team began to struggle. Harvard gave the ball back to Yale three times in the final stretch, one of which resulted in a goal.
But the Crimson held on, largely thanks to two key saves by Gambitsky. The goaltender finished with 14 saves on the day, his most since a March 8 victory over Georgetown. Saturday’s contest marked the fifth straight game in which Harvard gave up 10 goals or fewer, four of which have been key conference games. The Crimson has conceded the fewest in-conference goals of any Ivy League team this season.
“This was a complete team win,” Petrucci said. “We played hard, we fought, and we put ourselves in position at the end to win.... This senior class has put in four years of hard work, and it’s an unbelievable feeling to win the Ivy League championship. No one can take this away from us.”
—Staff writer Theo Levine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.