Men's Lacrosse Tops No. 14 Yale, 9-5, Earns No. 3 Seed in Ivy Tournament

Harvard will face Penn in the Ivy League semifinals May 6.
Harvard will face Penn in the Ivy League semifinals May 6.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Goalie Harry Krieger recorded 16 saves, while Dean Gibbons, Kevin Vaughan and Jeff Cohen each tallied two goals to lead the Harvard men's lacrosse team to a 9-5 victory over No. 14 Yale Saturday afternoon  at Harvard Stadium.

With the win on Senior Day, the Crimson earns the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Ivy League Tournament, which will be hosted by No. 1 seed Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., May 6-8. Harvard will take on No. 2 seed Penn in a game shown live nationally on Friday, May 6 at 5 p.m., while the Big Red will face No. 4 seed Yale later that evening at 8 p.m. The winners of the two semifinal contests will meet in the Ivy final Sunday, May 8 at noon. The Ivy final will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The winner of the Ivy League tournament receives an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.

Harvard finishes the regular season 9-5 overall and 3-3 in the Ivy League, tying the Crimson for third in the Ancient Eight. Harvard's nine victories is the most for the program since winning 11 games in 1998. Yale sees its record fall to 10-3 and 3-3 in the Ivy League.

The teams remained scoreless until Matt Hull sent a pass to Gibbons, who beat Yale's Johnathan Falcome for a score at the 5:23 mark of the first stanza. Jeff Cohen added a goal with 1:45 remaining in the opening quarter, as Harvard doubled its lead, 2-0. The Bulldogs cut their deficit to 2-1 with just 28 ticks left in the frame, as Jack Flaherty found the back of the net.

In the second quarter, Gibbons, who led Harvard with four points against Yale, picked up a rebound on a shot by Cohen that was saved by Jack Meyer. Gibbons fired a second chance into the cage, giving Harvard a 3-1 advantage with 2:49 remaining in the half.

Jack Doyle opened the scoring in the third quarter with a tally off a pass from Gibbons at 12:38, as the Crimson pushed its lead to 4-1. Yale's Cole Yeager, who won 9-of-16 faceoffs on the day, claimed the ensuing draw and scored just seven seconds later, as the Bulldogs got back within two, 4-2. Yale's Matt Gibons and Jack Flaherty netted the game's next two goals at 6:34 and 5:33, respectively, tying the game.

With 2:47 to go in the third, Vaughan netted an unassisted score to regain a lead for the Crimson, and followed with another goal only 51 seconds later off a feed from Gibbons to make it 6-4 in favor of Harvard. The Bulldogs' Mark Dobrosky scored unassisted early in the fourth at 11:17, to make it 6-5, but Yale would not get any closer.

Terry White and Peter Schwartz found the back of the net with goals with 8:55 and 4:10 remaining, and Cohen capped the scoring with his second tally with 3:41 to play, stretching Harvard's lead to 9-5.

Harvard outshot Yale, 38-36, and owned an edge in ground balls, 29-24. Falcone made eight saves for Yale, while Meyer stopped three shots in relief. Andrew Parchman claimed seven faceoff wins out of 13 chances and picked up five ground balls for the Crimson. Vaughan also collected five ground balls in a winning effort for Harvard.

Prior to the game against Yale, seniors Noor Beckwith, Francis Ellis, Greg Gilroy, Andrew Parchman, Sam Steyer, Gibbons and Hull were honored in a pre-game ceremony for Senior Day.