No. 20 Men’s Lacrosse Falls on Road at Albany, 12-11

No. 20 Men’s Lacrosse Falls on Road at Albany, 12-11

Daniel Eipp scored three goals for Harvard Saturday (Gil Talbot).

ALBANY, N.Y. – Daniel Eipp had a hat trick, while Dean Gibbons scored two goals and handed out two assists for the No. 20 Harvard men's lacrosse team, but the Crimson fell on the road at Albany by a score of 12-1 Saturday afternoon.

Andrew Parchman, who won 11-of-17 faceoffs, and Gabriel Mendola, who claimed eight faceoff wins out of 10 chances, led the Crimson with seven ground balls apiece. In goal, Harry Krieger stopped four shots, as Harvard sees its overall record slip to 6-3. Albany goalie Edmund Cathiers recorded 12 saves, while Miles Thompson and Ty Thompson each tallied four goals apiece to help the Great Danes improve to 4-5 overall.

Ryan Stevens tied the game, 8-8, with a goal midway through the third quarter at 8:23, as the Crimson capitalized on the second straight failed cleared attempt by Albany. The Danes reclaimed a lead, 9-8, with 2:39 to play in the frame and carried that advantage into the final period of play.

At the 13:55 mark of the fourth, Gibbons sent a pass to Eipp who found the back of the net to knot the game, 9-9. Only 67 seconds later, Gibbons and Eipp teamed up for another tally, as the Crimson moved ahead by a goal, 10-9. With 11:12 to go, Peter Schwartz passed the ball to Jack Doyle, who tallied Harvard's third goal early on in the fourth, 11-10. The Crimson held that lead until Albany's Miles Thompson snuck a shot past Krieger to tie the game, 11-11, with only 2:14 left in regulation.

Only 47 seconds later, Thompson struck again to give the Danes a 12-11 advantage with 1:27 remaining.  With 24 seconds left, Daniel DiMaria caused an Albany turnover deep in the Harvard zone. DiMaria picked up the ground ball and cleared it down the field. In the final moments of play, Stevens sent a shot wide and Krieger, who made his way down the field from the Crimson net, also fired a shot wide of the cage, as Harvard could not find the equalizer.

After one half of play, the teams headed to the locker room with a 7-7 tie. Albany opened the game with two goals early in the first quarter before Terry White got Harvard on the scoreboard at 11:55. After Gibbons knotted the score only one minute later, the Danes regained an advantage, 3-2, with a tally by Ty Thompson at the 8:38 mark. The Crimson and Danes traded goals until Kevin Vaughan and Matt Hull tallied back-to-back goals late in the first stanza to put Harvard up, 5-4.

Eipp fired a shot past Cathiers to make it a 6-5 contest at 12:59 of the second quarter. With 2:39 remaining in the half, Hull sent a pass to Jeff Cohen, who tallied a man-up goal, giving Harvard a 7-6 lead. The Danes evened the game with just eight ticks left in the frame, tying it, 7-7.

Harvard outshot Albany, 41-28, and the Crimson owned a 38-25 advantage in ground balls. Led by Parchman and Mendola, Harvard won 19-of-27 faceoff chances.

No. 20 Harvard will host No. 7 Cornell in a game shown nationally on CBS College Sports Saturday, April 9. The key Ivy contest is slated to begin at Harvard Stadium at 2:10 p.m.