Comeback Bid Falls Short for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse at No. 14/15 Duke

Comeback Bid Falls Short for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse at No. 14/15 Duke

Jeff Cohen paces the Crimson with 18 goals and 21 points on the season (Gil Talbot).

DURHAM, N.C. – Jeff Cohen netted five goals, including two man-up scores, while Daniel Eipp added a goal and two assists, but the Harvard men's lacrosse team dropped a road game at No. 14/15 Duke by a score of 11-8 Monday evening.

The Crimson sees its record fall to 2-3 overall, while the Blue Devils improve to 4-3 on the spring. Making the first start of his career, Harvard freshman goalie Jake Gambitsky recorded 11 saves. Classmate Keegan Michel won 10-of-19 faceoffs and grabbed five ground balls, while Stephen Jahelka picked up three ground balls for the Crimson.

Eipp had his hand in the game's first two goals, scoring unassisted at 5:46 of the first and then dishing out a helper on a tally by Will Walker, as Harvard led, 2-0. The Blue Devils responded with a 2-0 run to knot the game, 2-2, at 13:28 of the second, but a score by Jeff Cohen with 2:32 remaining in the half put Harvard back up, 3-2.

Duke, however, tied the game for a second time, 3-3, with a goal just 54 seconds later, and then took its first lead, 4-3, with 1:00 to play in the second. With 44 ticks left on the clock, Cohen notched his second goal of the quarter, scoring off a turnover to make it 4-4. Harvard held the edge in shots, 18-17, in the first half, while Duke owned an 18-11 edge in ground balls.

In the third, the Blue Devils tallied seven straight goals to move ahead by a score of 11-4. Early in the fourth, Cohen snapped the 7-0 run for Duke with his third score of the game at 12:44, as the Crimson made it 11-5.

With 10:58 to play in the fourth, Kevin Vaughan sent a pass to Ryan Stevens who fired for a goal, getting Harvard within five, 11-6. Cohen tacked on another goal with 7:45 to go, his fourth of the game, as Harvard continued to chip away at Duke's lead, 11-7. With 4:30 left, Cohen made it a 4-0 run for Harvard with his fifth tally, getting the Crimson within just three, 11-8.

Duke goalie Mike Rock turned aside 12 shots, as Harvard outshot the Blue Devils, 38-36. Faceoffs were even, 10-10, and Duke owned an edge in ground balls, 32-20. Both teams went 2-of-4 on man-up opportunities and the Crimson went 12-of-15 on clear attempts.

Up next, the Crimson will open Ivy League play at home against Brown Saturday, March 17 at 7 p.m.