Jeff Cohen has scored 39 goals this spring (Gil Talbot).
ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior attackman Jeff Cohen scored three goals to become Harvard's all-time leader in career goals with 133, but the Crimson men's lacrosse team dropped a road game at No. 5 Cornell, 14-10, Saturday afternoon.
Cohen, who also dished out an assist, finished with four points, while Ryan Stevens also tallied three goals and handed out a helper for a four-point effort himself. Harvard (5-5) sees its Ivy League record slip to 2-1, while Cornell (8-1) moves to 4-0 in the Ancient Eight.
After Cornell went up 1-0 at the 8:27 mark of the first quarter, Stevens tied the game with his first goal of the game at 6:45 of the first quarter. Cohen assisted on the tally by Stevens, knotting the contest, 1-1. The Big Red added a goal later in the opening frame and outscored the Crimson, 4-0, in the fourth quarter, carrying a 6-1 advantage into halftime.
In the third, Cohen tallied the 131st goal of his career at the 13:48 mark, pulling the Crimson closer, 6-2, as well as tying Mike Ferrucci' 98 for second in Harvard history in career goals. Later in the frame, Stevens notched his second goal off a pass by Will Walker for a man-up tally at the 9:37 mark, making it a 7-3 game in favor of the Big Red.
After Cornell went up, 9-3, Cohen accepted a pass from Jack Breit and fired for a goal at 3:09, getting the Crimson closer, 9-4. Cohen's second goal also tied David Bohn '61 for first in program history with his 132nd career tally. With 1:15 remaining in the third, Stevens fired a shot for his third goal of the afternoon, as Harvard got within four, 9-5.
With 14:18 left in the fourth, Cohen surpassed Bohn with his 133rd career goal to become the Crimson's all-time leader in tallies, as Harvard continued to chip away at Cornell's lead, 9-6. Cornell responded with back-to-back goals to grab an 11-6 advantage, but Daniel Eipp snapped the Big Red run, scoring for Harvard with 6:47 remaining in the fourth, 11-7.
Stevens dished out an assist to Kevin Vaughan, who collected five ground balls on the day, at the 5:43 mark, getting Harvard within three goals, 11-8. With 2:47 remaining, Keegan Michel won a faceoff and fired a shot for a goal, keeping the Crimson within three, 12-9. Jack Breit capped Harvard's scoring with an unassisted goal with 1:21 to go, making it a 14-10 contest.
Michel won 15-of-26 faceoffs and finished with five ground balls, while Stephen Jahelka grabbed a career-best seven ground balls. Jake Gambitsky recorded 12 saves in net for the Crimson, while Cornell goalie finished with eight stops. Harvard owned the edge in faceoffs, 16-12, while ground balls were even, 34-34. The Big Red had an advantage in shots, 42-32, and finished 22-of-23 on clear attempts.
The Crimson will host Quinnipiac in the final non-conference game of the regular season Tuesday at 7 p.m.