Seven Garden City middle school teammates who also played on the same travel team as young teenagers will share the field with divided loyalties in Sunday's Ivy League men's lacrosse championship game between Harvard and Penn in Cambridge, Mass., at 1 p.m.
Four will play for the Crimson -- attack Devin Dwyer, defenseman Stephen Jahelka, LSM Brian Fischer and midfielder Sean Mahon -- and three for the Quakersmidfielders Rob Savage, Pat Berkery and Brian Coleman.
Six of the seven played at Garden City High School and one, Mahon, played at Chaminade. Dwyer was a first-team all-Ivy League selection in 2014 and Jahelka made second team. The seven remain friends and posed for a photo at historic Harvard Stadium on Friday, after both of their teams won exciting semifinal games to advance to Sunday's championship game. The winner earns an automatic berth to the Division I NCAA Tournament that begins next weekend.
There are additional Long Island links in Sunday's Ivy League title game. Harvard sophomore defenseman Bobby Duvnjak (Manhasset) was a first-team All-Ivy selection as was Penn senior midfielder Zack Losco (Smithtown, Hauppauge High School), who scored four of his five goals in the fourth quarter to rally the Quakers past Cornell, 11-10, in Friday's semifinal. Penn senior defenseman Maxx Meyer (Melville, Half Hollow Hills East High School) and Harvard junior goalie Jake Gambitsky (Wantagh) also earned second-team Ivy honors.