Men’s Lacrosse Falls Short in Ivy Opener at Brown, 16-14

Nigel Andrews scored a career-high three goals at Brown (Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot).
Nigel Andrews scored a career-high three goals at Brown (Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot).

Final Box

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Harvard rallied from a four-goal first-quarter deficit and tied the game twice in the fourth period, but could not complete the rally, falling in its Ivy League opener at Brown, 16-14, Saturday afternoon.  

After falling behind early, 5-1, with Kyle Anderson providing Harvard's lone goal, the Crimson turned its fortunes around in the second quarter thanks to Anderson. The junior from Pennsylvania found the back of the net with 11:33 left in the half, which then led to a Nigel Andrews laser just 33 seconds later.

Brown (3-2; 1-0 Ivy) briefly paused the Harvard momentum with a Luke McCaleb strike, helping the home side double up Harvard at 6-3. The teams traded the next two goals, with George Loring finding daylight from distance and Ryan Aughavin answering less than two minutes later. The half ended with Anderson notching his second hat trick of the year to get the Crimson to within a pair, trailing the Bears, 7-5.

The third quarter featured a flurry of goals, especially late, but the teams took turns scoring goals at a slower pace in the opening minutes. Anderson, Myles Hamm and Austin Madronic notched goals for Harvard and they were all matched by Brown. The Bears made it a 10-8 game after McCaleb scored for a second time and was followed by Jackson Newsome. Harvard, however, answered with consecutive goals by Kyle Salvatore, Jeremy Magno and Anderson to level the score, but Brown ended the frame with two goals to take a 13-11 lead into the final 15 minutes.

In the aforementioned fourth period, Harvard (2-4; 0-1 Ivy) tied the game at 13, when Andrews scored 46 seconds in and Frankie Tangredi split two defenders at midfield and proceeded to tickle the twine. Aughavin nudged the Bears out in front with 8:41 left, but Andrews gave Harvard life, slinging his shot past the Brown goalkeeper with 7:45 showing on the clock.

The Crimson, however, could not get the go-ahead goal and the Bears added a pair of scores in the final 100 seconds to provide the final margin.

Harvard Highlights

  • Kyle Anderson, who scored Harvard's first goal of the game, extended his point-scoring streak to 18 games and has scored at least one goal in six consecutive games played.
  • Anderson scored a season-high five goals. His previous best was a three-goal effort at Hartford.
  • Nigel Andrews set a career high with three goals. He had scored two goals in a game once this season and four times overall.
  • George Loring scored his first goal of the season in the second quarter, helping the Crimson cut its deficit to two.
  • Jeremy Magno scored his first goal of the 2019 campaign, finding the back of the net in the third quarter.
  • Austin Madronic extended his season-opening goal-scoring streak to six games. The first-year is the only Crimson player to score in every game this season.
  • Kyle Mullin had 19 saves and has 41 stops in his last two outings.

Next Up

Harvard will have two days to prepare for its next game as it will face Boston University on Tuesday night. Game time is set for 7 p.m., and the contest will air on NESNplus with streaming available on Stadium.