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Late Goal by No. 10 Cornell Tops No. 15 Men's Lacrosse

Pictured: Jack Doyle scored a career-high two goals.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot

ITHACA, N.Y. -- In a back and forth Ivy League contest, the 15th-ranked Harvard men’s lacrosse team fell to No. 10 Cornell on a goal with only 11 seconds remaining in the game, as the Big Red downed the Crimson, 13-12.  With the loss, Harvard falls to 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the Ancient Eight, while Cornell improves to 8-2 and 3-1 in Ivy play.

Jeff Cohen led Harvard’s offense with five points on four goals and an assist, while Dean Gibbons scored twice and dished out two assists.  Jack Doyle also netted two scores, while Harry Krieger recorded 14 saves between the pipes. The Crimson fell behind, 5-1, midway through the first quarter, but responded with an even-strength goal by Terry White at 3:56. A man-up tally from Cohen less than a minute later at 3:07 made it a 5-3 contest after the first 15 minutes of play. 

In the second, Doyle found the back of the net off a pass from fellow rookie Peter Schwartz, making it a 6-4 deficit with 6:38 to play in the first half. Harvard’s defense allowed only one goal in the final 21:23 of the first half, as the game remained 6-4 in favor of the Big Red heading into the third quarter. 

With 4:19 to play in the third, Doyle tallied his second goal of the game, as he cut Harvard’s deficit to two, 7-5.  Doyle’s goal started a 4-0 run in favor of the Crimson, as Harvard netted three more goals in the final minutes of the third to grab an 8-7 lead, the team’s first of the game.  Cohen added his second goal at 1:23, before completing his hat trick with 1:04 remaining in the stanza.  With 46 ticks left on the clock, Gibbons put Harvard head with a man-up tally.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Big Red regained a lead, 9-8, sending two shots by Krieger.  Cornell tacked on two more goals to pull ahead, 11-8 at the 5:57 mark, but Alex White won a ground ball of the ensuing faceoff and quickly scored to end the scoring streak.  Moments later, White grabbed another ground ball and Cohen scored on the possession to put Harvard within one score, 11-10, at 4:38. 

The momentum swing continued in the Crimson’s direction, as Kevin Vaughan knotted the game on a shot with 3:47 remaining in the fourth.  Less than a minute later, Gibbons found the back of the net for the second time, giving Harvard a short-lived 12-11 lead at 2:59, as Cornell won the ensuing faceoff and tied the game only 17 seconds later.  In the final moments of regulation, Cornell’s Rob Pannell found the back of the net with 11 only seconds left, and the Big Red won the faceoff to hold on for the win.

The Big Red outshot the Crimson, 47-27, and led in ground balls, 30-26, while Harvard won 15-of-27 faceoffs and was a perfect 3-for-3 on man-up chances.  Andrew Parchman claimed 10 faceoff victories, while Alex White won five faceoffs and led the Crimson with five ground balls.  Harvard will look to snap a two-game losing streak as the Crimson visits Penn Saturday, April 17.  The game will be broadcast live in the Philadelphia area on the Comcast Network ??????and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic in Baltimore/D.C. at 1 p.m.