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No. 17 Men’s Lacrosse Falls on Road at Penn, 12-7

Pictured: Jason Duboe scored three times in the first half.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot

PHILADELPHIA – Jason Duboe scored three times in the first half, while Dean Gibbons added two goals, including one on a man-up opportunity, but the 17th ranked Harvard men’s lacrosse team dropped an Ivy League road game at Penn by a score of 12-7 Saturday afternoon. 

Harry Krieger recorded 12 saves in net for the Crimson, which sees its record fall to 5-5 overall and 1-3 in the Ivy League.  Penn improves to 5-7 and 1-4 in the Ancient Eight.

A goal by Duboe gave Harvard an early 1-0 lead at the 10:44 of the first quarter, as Duboe fired the Crimson’s first shot of the game past Penn goalkeeper Joe Hegener.  At the 6:42 mark, Kevin Vaughan fed Duboe with a pass and the senior midfielder notched his second goal, giving the Crimson a 2-1 advantage. 

In the second, Alex White and Duboe found the back of the net, as the Crimson and Quakers headed into halftime tied, 4-4.  Penn held a 21-10 lead in shots through the first half of action.

Penn opened the third quarter with a 5-0 run, as the Quakers grabbed 9-4 lead entering the final stanza.  In the fourth quarter, Gibbons ended the Quaker scoring run by netting a man-up goal, making it a 9-5 contest at 14:09.  With 10:42 to play, Peter Schwartz added another man-up tally, pulling Harvard within three goals.  Gibbons tallied his second man-up score of the quarter at the 6:41 mark, cutting Harvard’s deficit to 10-7. 

Penn held the final count in shots, 42-27, while the Crimson enjoyed a 23-17 edge in ground balls.  Harvard won 9-of-21 faceoffs and was 14-of-16 on clear attempts. 

Up next, Harvard will host No. 5 Princeton at Harvard Stadium on Senior Day Saturday, April 24 at 1 p.m.