Dean Gibbons assisted on a goal Sunday (Patrick Shanahan).
ITHACA, N.Y. – Goalie Harry Krieger made 16 saves, Matt Hull had a hat trick, and Ryan Stevens netted two goals, but the 17th-ranked Harvard men's lacrosse team fell on the road to No. 2 Cornell, 15-6, Sunday afternoon in the Ivy League tournament final.
The loss drops Harvard's record to 10-6 overall, while the Big Red improves to 13-2.
Later today, the Crimson will discover its fate with the NCAA tournament, as the NCAA Selection Show will be aired live on ESPNU at 9 p.m. Harvard is hoping for an at-large bid to the tournament, which would mark the Crimson's first berth in the NCAA postseason since 2006.
After Cornell went ahead, 2-0, Hull netted an unassisted goal for the Crimson at 5:11 of the first to cut the deficit to one. Early in the second at 11:45, Stevens fired a hard shot past Cornell goalie A.J. Fiore to tie the game, 2-2. The Big Red answered with two man-up tallies late in the half to carry a 4-2 lead into the break. Krieger recorded nine saves in the first half, while Fiore made five stops on Harvard shots.
Stevens netted his second goal of the game on a man-up opportunity in the third quarter at 11:54, and Terry White added an unassisted tally later in the frame with 5:15 remaining, but the Big Red scored six times in the quarter to take a 10-4 advantage.
In the fourth, Hull notched his second goal at 10:55, making it a 11-5 contest and later capped his hat trick with his third tally of the afternoon with 2:09 to play.
Cornell owned an advantage in shots, 54-31, faceoffs, 15-8, and ground balls, 48-34. Harvard finished 1-of-3 on man-up chances, while the Big Red was 4-of-6.