CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A fourth-quarter drought doomed Harvard men's lacrosse against Cornell, as the Crimson dropped a 12-9 decision to the Big Red Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium.
Junior attack Joe Lang posted his second hat trick of the season for the Crimson (5-5, 1-2) with three scores. Freshman attack Ryan Graff added three tallies, while junior attack Morgan Cheek dished out three assists and picked up four ground balls.
Cornell (3-6, 2-2) was paced by Jeff Teat with three goals and two assists for a five-point day. Connor Fletcher added two goals and an assist.
The two teams traded scores in the first quarter, before Graff picked up a loose ball in front of the net and buried it to give the Crimson a 3-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The goal kicked off a 3-0 Harvard run, as Lang stuck a heater top right corner and followed it up with a move down the alley to push Harvard ahead, 5-2. From there, Cornell scored three-straight to even the tally, 5-5, at the half.
The Cornell momentum continued into the second half, as the Big Red scored two over the first five minutes to take its first lead of the game, 7-5. Tim Edmonds stopped the Crimson drought, with a diving score over the middle at the 8:58 mark.
The Big Red scored on a man-up opportunity to open the fourth-quarter scoring, before Lang beat his defender down the lane to pull the Crimson within one, 8-7, at the 11:33 mark. It was all Cornell from there, as the Big Red rattled off four-unanswered to expand its lead to five, 12-7. Harvard connected twice over the last 90 seconds, but it would not be enough.
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Harvard will be back at home Saturday, April 15 against Penn. Game time is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.