Men’s Lacrosse Unable to Unseat No. 16 Princeton, 12-9

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
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PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard men's lacrosse dropped a 12-9 decision to No. 16 Princeton Saturday afternoon at the Class of 1952 Stadium.

Junior Morgan Cheek led the way for the Crimson (5-7, 1-4) with three points, as junior Joe Lang and freshman Nigel Andrews chipped in two goals apiece. 

The Tigers (9-4, 4-1) were paced by Gavin McBride with seven goals and one assist for eight points. Goalie Tyler Blaisdell made 18 saves for Princeton. 

Tim Edmonds struck first with a runner down the left side before Princeton ripped off three-straight. Carney Mahon bookended the quarter with a dodge down the right alley. Princeton scored the lone goal in the second quarter to take a 4-2 lead into the break.

Andrews scored on the first Crimson shot of the second half, dodging down the right alley to beat the Princeton goalie. The Tigers ripped off three-straight, including two by McBride, to move back ahead 7-3 with 4:38 to play in the third. Morgan Cheek scored his first of the day with an individual effort down goal-line extended and then found Connor McCroskey to move Harvard within two, 7-5. McBride scored once more in the third to make the tally 8-5 with 15 minutes to play.

The two teams were even in the fourth quarter, each registering four scores. Lang and Graff found the net for the final two scores, but it would not be enough to unseat the Tigers.

For the full, archived replay of the game on the Ivy League Digital Network, click here.

Harvard hosts Yale for Senior Day Saturday, April 29. The game will start at 2 p.m. at Harvard Stadium and will be televised on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.