Kevin Vaughan had a goal and an assist on Senior Day (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's lacrosse team fell behind No. 13/14 Princeton early and could not muster a comeback, as the Tigers held on for a 12-5 win over the Crimson at Harvard Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Kevin Vaughan and Daniel Eipp each scored a goal and added an assist, while Keegan Michel won 12-of-16 faceoff attempts and paced the Crimson with four ground balls. With the loss, the Crimson slips to 6-7 overall and 2-3 in the Ivy League, while Princeton improves to 9-3 and 5-0 overall.
Prior to the contest, Harvard's 11 seniors were honored during a pre-game ceremony on Senior Day.
The Crimson, which is still in the mix for the Ivy League tournament, will close out the regular season at Yale Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. A Harvard win would make the Crimson the No. 3 seed in the tournament, while Harvard could also make the field as the No. 4 seed even with a loss at Yale if Brown loses later today at Cornell or to Dartmouth next week. The tournament will either be hosted by Cornell or Princeton May 4-6.
The Tigers got off to a strong start early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first 10 minutes. With 4:04 left in the first stanza, Eipp, who was behind the Princeton net, sent a quick pass in front to Will Walker, who finished for Harvard's first goal. Princeon tacked on two more scores later in the frame to pull ahead, 5-1.
In the second, Eipp tallied an unassisted goal for the Crimson, cutting the deficit to 5-2, but the Tigers netted the final two scores of the half and led, 7-2, after the first 30 minutes. Harvard won 9-of-11 faceoffs in the first half, but the Tigers owned an advantage in shots, 23-17.
Princeton opened the third quarter with a goal at 13:52, but the Crimson responded with a tally by Vaughan off a pass from Terry White at 11:07. With 2:56 remaining in the period, Ryan Stevens found Jeff Cohen for a goal, as the Crimson got within four, 8-4.
The Tigers tacked on two more goals early in the fourth frame to make it a 10-4 contest, but Jack Walker scored for Harvard at the 7:02 mark, cutting the deficit to five. Princeton, though, scored again at 5:13 and then at 5:01 to put the game out of reach.
Harvard held the final count in shots, 40-35, ground balls, 22-18, and faceoffs, 16-5, but the Tigers went 21-of-22 on clear attempts.