Dean Gibbons tallied a goal for the Crimson (New York Sportsbeat)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Despite a 49-31 advantage in shots, the Harvard men's lacrosse team dropped its first game of the season, falling on the road at No. 5 Hofstra, 15-9, Saturday afternoon. Jeff Cohen, Terry White and Kevin Vaughan each tallied two goals for the Crimson, while Alex White handed out three assists and scored once.
The loss drops the Crimson to 1-1 overall, while the Pride improve to 4-0 on the young season.
Jack Doyle opened the scoring for the Crimson, tying the game, 1-1, at 12:23 left in the first quarter. After the Pride retook the lead, 2-1, Vaughan and Cohen tallied back-to-back goals, as Harvard grabbed a 3-2 advantage 7:41 remaining in the first quarter. Hofstra, though, answered with three straight tallies to carry a 5-3 lead heading into the second quarter.
Just 48 seconds into that second frame, Alex White fired a shot past Hofstra goalie Andrew Gvozden, getting the Crimson back within one tally, 5-4. The Pride once again responded with a scoring run, netting four consecutive, to move ahead by five, 9-4. Cohen snapped the Crimson's drought by finding the back of the net with 5:20 left to go in the first half. Terry White snuck another shot by Gvozden with 1:06 remaining in the second, cutting the Crimson's deficit to 9-6 entering halftime. Harvard outshot Hofstra, 26-21, earned more ground balls, 22-17, and won more faceoffs 10-7, in the first 30 minutes.
The Pride moved back up by five 11-6, with the first two goals of the second half, but Dean Gibbons scored a goal for the Crimson at the 7:08 mark to make it 11-7. With 1:38 to go in the third, Terry White scored for the second time, cutting the Harvard deficit to six, 14-8. Vaughan tallied his second goal late in the fourth with 4:37 remaining to cap the scoring for the Crimson.
Harry Krieger finished with five saves for Harvard, while Gvozden stopped 15 shots for the Pride. Matt Hull paced the Crimson with six ground balls, and Evan Roth and John Rose picked up four apiece. Harvard had 34 ground balls as a team and both teams won 14 faceoffs. Andrew Parchman earned 12 faceoff victories for the Crimson. Harvard was 1-of-6 on man-up opportunities, while Hofstra was 1-of-3.
Harvard will begin a three-game homestand by hosting Georgetown Tuesday, March 8 at 3 p.m. The game will be held at the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium.