By the time the rain had stopped on the damp Friday night showdown at Stevenson-Pincince Field, in Providence, R.I., it was Harvard who had emerged with a nailbiting, 13-12 victory.
In the fall of 2012, Devin Dwyer began his collegiate career as one of the highest-rated recruits ever to put on a Harvard jersey. Four years later Dwyer has completed his transformation from one of the Crimson’s most highly touted recruits to one of its most successful and high-achieving players.
Sophomore attackman Morgan Cheek lit up then-No. 2/2 Brown, which boasted a defense allowing less than nine goals-per-game, for nine scores and 10 points to lead Harvard to victory. It was only the second time that the Crimson defeated a No. 2 ranked team since coach Chris Wojcik ’96 joined the program in 2011.
Yale (13-2, 5-1 Ivy) pushed the lead to 14-9 in the final quarter to capture the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson (8-8, 3-3 Ivy) never fell behind by more than two goals until late in the fourth quarter, but could not carry the momentum from its upset win over No. 2/2 Brown to another marquee victory over the Bulldogs.
Late in the third quarter of a tied game against Brown, the No. 2/2 team in the nation, sophomore Morgan Cheek found himself being double-teamed by two Preseason All-Americans. Having played the game of his life up to that point, however, Cheek did not mind.
With its upset win over Brown on Friday night, the men's lacrosse team sets out to match up against Yale on Sunday in the Ivy League Tournament Final.
On March 30th, Kirby was announced as one of only ten lacrosse finalists for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award, a distinct honor awarded to NCAA Division I athletes who have displayed notable achievements in the spheres of character, community, classroom and competition. Through his commitment to his team and to service, Kirby serves as an example of these cardinal values.