PHILADELPHIA – Falling in a strong defensive battle, Harvard men's lacrosse was topped by Penn, 11-7, on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field.
Senior Morgan Cheek and sophomore Kyle Anderson scored three goals each, giving them their third and sixth hat tricks of the season, respectively. Cheek's third goal was his 100th-career goal, making him the 10th player in program history to reach the mark. Senior Carney Mahon added a goal and an assist, while senior Robert Shaw made 15 saves between the posts.
Harvard (7-4, 2-2 Ivy) got out to an early 3-0 lead after first period foals from Mahon, Cheek and Anderson, but the Quakers (6-6, 2-3 Ivy) responded with three in-a-row to close the first half. Penn jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the third quarter, but Anderson fired home his second goal of the game in the closing seconds of the period.
The Crimson pulled within a goal in the fourth quarter after back-to-back scores from Cheek, the latter of which came with a difficult finish while being forced to the ground with 11:23 to play. Harvard had a chance to knot the score at 7-7, but following a Penn save the Quakers scored back-to-back tallies to re-gain a three-goal lead. Anderson completed his hat trick late in the period, but the fourth quarter comeback ran out of time.
- Cheek tallied his third hat trick of the season, and finished with four points on the day. He leads the Crimson with 53 this season, and became the 10th player in program history to score 100 career goals.
- Anderson posted his team-leading sixth hat trick of the year, and now has 32 goals this season.
- Shaw totaled 15 saves for his second-highest total this season. He has tallied double-digit stops 10 times this season.
- Harvard maintains the series advantage over Penn, 44-42-2.
- The Crimson remains in third place in the Ivy standings at 2-2 in league play.
Harvard returns to Harvard Stadium for Senior Day and its home finale against Princeton on Saturday, April 21. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.