Men's Lacrosse Falls Short Against Team USA, 17-12


Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --  The Harvard men's lacrosse team hosted the U.S. National Team in an exhibition before 1,223 fans at Harvard Stadium Sunday afternoon.  Dean Gibbons tallied four goals and assisted on two others, while Matt Hull added a hat trick, but the Crimson fell by a score of 17-12.  Harvard goalkeeper Harry Krieger made 17 saves, while Brian Dougherty and Kip Turner recorded seven stops apiece for Team USA.

Max Siebald netted five goals for Team USA, while Paul Rabil scored four times to lead the Team USA offense. 

Harvard and Team USA were tied, 2-2, at the end of the first quarter, as Gibbons found Jeff Cohen for a Crimson goal with only one second remaining on the clock.  In the second, Gibbons netted two goals and Hull tallied a man-up score, as Harvard kept the game tied, 5-5, with two minutes left to play in the half.  After Team USA pulled ahead, 7-5, Daniel DiMaria cut the Crimson deficit to 7-6 just before halftime.

Gibbons, Hull and Cohen each notched goals for Harvard in the third quarter, but Team USA scored four times to hold an 11-9 advantage entering the final 15 minutes of action.  The Crimson offense surged in the beginning of the fourth quarter, as Kevin Vaughan and Hull tallied back-to-back goals to tie the game, 11-1, with 13:26 remaining.  Team USA netted the next six scores to take a commanding lead before Vaughan netted the game's final goal with two seconds to play.

Team USA outshot Harvard, 53-42, and held the advantage in ground balls, 32-28.  Andrew Parchman won 11-of-28 faceoffs for the Crimson, who controlled 13-of-31 faceoffs overall.  Harvard was 19-of-22 on clear attempts, while Team USA went 22-of-23.  The Crimson was also 2-of-4 on extra-man opportunities. John Rose led Harvard with five ground balls on the day.