Men's Lacrosse Falls in Double Overtime to No. 15 Penn, 7-6

Men's Lacrosse Falls in Double Overtime to No. 15 Penn, 7-6

Harry Krieger made 10 saves in net for Harvard against No. 15 Penn (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Kevin Vaughan and Dean Gibbons scored goals for Harvard in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime, but the Crimson fell to No. 15 Penn, 7-6, in the second extra session Saturday afternoon. Before 1,121 fans at Harvard Stadium, Crimson goalie Harry Krieger recorded 10 saves, while Gibbons paces the Harvard offense with three points.

The double-overtime loss drops Harvard's overall record to 7-5 and the Crimson falls to 1-3 in the Ivy League. Penn moves to 6-4 and 3-2 in the Ancient Eight.

Penn, which outshot the Crimson, 9-3, in the opening frame, scored the only goal of the first quarter, coming with 1:05 remaining on a shot by Al Kohart. In the second, the Quakers doubled its lead to 2-0 when Corey Winkoff tallied a man-up goal at 8:53. The Crimson got back in the game with its only goal of the half at the 3:32 mark, as Gibbons sent a pass to Alex White for a man-up tally, getting Harvard within on, 2-1.

The Quakers held a 17-10 advantage in shots in the first half, including a 7-4 margin in shots on target.

In the third quarter, Vaughan knotted the game, as he took a pass from Gibbons and fired a shot past Penn goalie Brian Feeney at 13:09. The Quakers pulled back ahead with scored by Will Koshansky and Drew Belinsky to take a 4-2 advantage at the 5:57 mark. With 2:31 remaining in the third, Terry White knotted a goal on a wraparound chance and Peter Schwartz followed with an unassisted tally of his own to send the teams to a 4-4 tie entering the final period of regulation.

Penn opened the fourth with a goal by Morgan Griff at 12:16 to regain an advantage, 5-4. Neither team could muster another goal until Griff netted a score with 2:46 to play, putting the Quakers up by two, 6-4. Harvard's Gabriel Mendola won the ensuing faceoff and Vaughan found the back of the net to pull Harvard back within one, 6-5. Mendola won the next faceoff as well, and following a Crimson timeout, Ryan Stevens passed the ball to Gibbons, who fired a shot to tie the game with just 52 ticks left on the clock.

With four seconds left, Krieger stopped a shot by Penn's John Conneely, forcing overtime. In the first extra session, Krieger recorded the only save of the quarter, turning side a chance by Corey Wiinkoff at 1:08. Krieger also made a stop early in the second overtime, helping Harvard regain possession. With 1:31 left, Feeney recorded a save on Stevens, allowing Penn to clear the ball. With 30 seconds to go in the second overtime, Penn's Drew Belinsky scored an unassisted goal, giving the Quakers the victory.

Mendola won 8-of-12 faceoffs for the Crimson, which finished 10-of-17 as a team. Mendola also grabbed seven ground balls to pace the team. Harvard converted 1-of-2 man-up opportunities and was successful on 19-of-23 clear attempts. Feeney finished the game with nine saves for Penn, which outshot Harvard, 32-20.

Up next, the Crimson takes to the road to visit Princeton Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m.