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Men's Lacrosse Drops 16-7 Contest to Albany

Vandervelde scored three goals to pace the Crimson against Albany (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Murphy Vandervelde recorded his first career hat trick as the Harvard men's lacrosse team fell to Albany Tuesday night at Harvard Stadium, 16-7.

Vandervelde's three scores led the way for Harvard (4-4, 1-1 Ivy League) as Alex White added a pair of goals. Peter Schwartz tallied one goal and a career-high three assists to finish with four points on the night.

Rick Molé won 12-of-21 face offs and collected five ground balls to help the Crimson hold a 14-of-27 edge at the X. Jason Gonos matched his career-high with three caused turnovers to go with two ground balls as Brian Fischer added a pair of caused turnovers and ground balls. Harry Krieger took the loss in goal with 11 saves in 52:49.

Albany (5-3, 0-0 America East) held a 42-33 advantage in shots and won the ground ball war by a 31-22 margin. The Great Danes were 15-of-16 on clear attempts and converted on 3-of-6 man-up opportunities while the Crimson went 17-of-19 on clears and 3-of-5 on the man advantage. Albany was paced by Lyle Thompson's eight-point (4g, 4a) performance and Miles Thompson's five-point (3g, 2a) effort.  

The Crimson and Great Danes went back-and-forth in the first quarter with consecutive strikes from Vandervelde and White giving Harvard an initial 2-1 lead. M. Thompson scored two goals to put Albany back up, 3-2, and then found his L. Thompson for a 4-2 advantage.

Albany scored the first three goals of the second quarter to go on top by five, 7-2. Vandervelde put home his second tally off a feed from Schwartz to end the drought but the Great Danes added one more score to take an 8-3 lead at the half.

Albany continued its run in the third quarter with a pair of goals to open the frame. White and Schwartz put Harvard back on the board with two quick goals to make it a 10-5 game, before the Great Danes closed the frame with back-to-back scores.

Harvard was outscored 4-2 in the fourth with goals by Vandervelde and Brendan Newman, giving Albany the final 16-7 margin.

Harvard will now host No. 12/10 Duke at Harvard Stadium Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m. live on NBC Sports Network.